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Carleton is a dynamic and innovative university in Ottawa with over 28,000 students and approximately 2,000 faculty and staff.

Carleton University Profile

Carleton is a dynamic and innovative university in Ottawa with over 28,000 students and approximately 2,000 faculty and staff. Carleton’s contemporary mission reflects both its past and its present: it is a student-centred, independent, collegial university dedicated to excellence in the advancement of learning through disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, study and research, the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and the betterment of local and global communities. For more information, please visit

The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The Carleton University virtual tour video can be found here.

Admissions IconAdmissions

  • Overview
  • General Admissions
  • Aboriginal Learner Policy
  • Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
  • Mature Learner Policy
  • Tranfer Policies



Below you will find information about Carleton’s admission requirements, policies, and supports that are available to you.

To find out about Carleton’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit Carleton’s Admission information page.

General Admissions

Carleton’s admission requirements and policies differ according to the type of applicant. Select an applicant category that describes you best, and then check out the admission requirements specific to your category.

Aboriginal Learner Policy

During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Aboriginal learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Aboriginal recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Aboriginal learner. The APSIP website includes information on events, resources for students, and contact information for the recruiters.

Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs

The Aboriginal Enriched Support Program (AESP) is a one-year transition and support program for students seeking entry to university. It helps you to develop your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be successful at university. Through this program, if you achieve the necessary grade point average across three courses, you’ll be eligible for university acceptance as a full-time student.

Mature Learners

If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Carleton’s Mature Learner Policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.

Transfer Policies

If you are interested in transferring to Carleton from another university or college, Carleton’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.

Academics IconAcademic Programs and Supports

  • Overview
  • Academic Programs
  • Academic Supports

Academic Programs and Supports


You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Carleton and will likely find a program that sparks your interest, if you haven’t already decided on your academic studies. Below are some examples of the academic programs you can take at Carleton.

Academic Programs

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences aims to inspire, challenge, and empower you to help shape our ever-changing world. You can choose from Bachelor of Arts majors such as Canadian Studies, French, History, Language and Linguistics, Philosophy, and Women’s and Gender Studies, or degree programs in Cognitive Science, Global and International Studies, Humanities, and Music.

The School of Canadian Studies, part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, encourages new, critical and interdisciplinary ways of exploring Canada and the diverse peoples, places and practices. Students may elect to complete a Minor in Indigenous Studies, through completion of courses that employ innovative approaches to learning and research in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, histories, cultures, social and political systems and contemporary realities.

Recognized as a leader within Canada and beyond, Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design offers an extensive range of programs within four broad areas of study: Architectural Studies, Engineering, Industrial Design, and Information Technology. You can graduate with the knowledge to design buildings, aircraft, software, telecommunications systems, medical devices, environmental solutions to pollution, or anything else you can imagine.

The Faculty of Public Affairs seeks those students who want to create and bring positive change to the world around them. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital offers you unparalleled access to the federal government and non-governmental organizations. You can choose programs such as Criminology and Criminal Justice, Journalism and Communication, Law and Legal Studies, Social Work, and Public Policy and Administration. Carleton also has graduate courses in Indigenous Policy and Administration.

The Faculty of Science is home to internationally renowned researchers who have a passion for sharing their expertise with students. From the start of your first year, you will be engaged in hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs. You can choose from a variety of majors within the Bachelor of Science program or from separate degree programs like Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Mathematics.

The Sprott School of Business delivers a world class business education and student experience, and is home to a tight-knit community that offers students a ready-made network. Sprott offers both a Bachelor of Commerce degree program (with eight concentrations to choose from) and a Bachelor of International Business degree program.

Be sure to check out all of Carleton’s academic programs.

Academic Supports:

Carleton offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Carleton.

The Student Academic Success Centre (SASC) is Carleton’s centralized academic support office, providing programs and services that help students achieve their academic potential. Outreach is provided for any student with questions about their degree or academic rules and regulations, and support is provided through advising sessions that are tailored to your needs to help you develop your own path to academic success.

Learning Support Services (LSS) provides students with study skills support by offering a variety of workshop topics that range from Time Management to Procrastination. LSS also maintains the Carleton Tutor Database which matches CU students with tutors to get help with particular courses.

The Writing Services helps build your academic writing skills through supports that include individual tutoring and study skills workshops.

An Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) can help you improve your academic standing. You can create a personalized plan with an Academic Advisor to address the root causes of any problems you might be facing and help you get back on track to achieve your academic goals.

For more information on Carleton’s academic supports, please visit the SASC’s academic support page.

Financial Aid Icon Financial Aid

  • Overview
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
  • Financial Aid Services

Financial Aid


Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Carleton offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. Below are examples of Aboriginal student awards available at Carleton. Please note that these scholarships and bursaries may require a separate application and/or additional criteria.

The New Sun, New Beginning Bursary is for part-time and full-time students who demonstrate commitment to education. Preference is given to Aboriginal students in the Centre for Initiatives in Education Enriched Support Program and other programs of study.

The Richard M. Zubrycki Bursary is given to a second- to third-year Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice, or Social Work student in financial need. Preference will be given to Aboriginal students.

The Gordon Robertson National Inuit Scholarship is awarded annually to one or two full-time Inuit students either entering or continuing a program of study at Carleton University. The scholarship aims to encourage and promote higher rates of postsecondary completion for Inuit students.

Check out Carleton’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) for information about financial aid available to you.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

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A student loan through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is one of the ways that you can finance your postsecondary education. The Awards and Financial Aid Office at Carleton can help you apply for OSAP.

Work Study Program and Part-Time Work

The Work Study Program at Carleton can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education.

Financial Aid Services

For information on other financial aid specifically available to Aboriginal students, contact the Awards and Financial Aid Office or Carleton’s Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE).

Aboriginal Student Services IconAboriginal Student Services

  • Overview

Aboriginal Student Services


The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) strives to be a home-away- from-home for Aboriginal learners. CACE has three Aboriginal Cultural Liaison officers to support your journey as a student at Carleton. They can help you meet other students, connect you to community resources, refer you to see the Aboriginal Counsellor and plan activities and cultural events to complement your academic experience at Carleton. Below are just some of the services you will find at Carleton and CACE.

Throughout the school year, CACE hosts academic study sessions, workshops, social gatherings, cultural events, and visiting Elders. It also hosts workshops, lectures, powwows, and other cultural events that provide learning and sharing opportunities. Sign up for the e-newsletter, Minwàdjimowin (Good News), for information about CACE and Ottawa community events.

Ojigkwanong, Carleton’s Aboriginal Centre, is home to the Aboriginal campus community. It’s a hub for student activities throughout the school year such as academic study sessions and workshops, social gatherings, and visiting Elders.

CACE’s Visiting Elders Program provides a culturally safe and relevant space in which First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, faculty, staff, and community members can connect with each other. Visiting Elders can provide smudging and teaching circles.

In the 2015-16 academic year, CACE offered a successful six-week Storyboot School in partnership with Manitobah Mukluks, who created the program with the aim to revive the Aboriginal traditional art and timeless skill of crafting moccasins by hand. This partnership may continue for years to come.

Check out CACE’s complete services and programs.

Student Life iconStudent Life

  • Overview
  • Orientation Week
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Athletics
  • Student Services
  • Security

Student Life


At university, you can explore your interests inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, get involved in your residence community. Below you will find more information about student life at Carleton.

Check out student life at Carleton.

Orientation Week

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Fall Orientation at Carleton provides incoming students with a week jam-packed with fun activities, opportunities to make new friends, and help with transitioning to life at university.

Aboriginal Learners’ Orientation

The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) offers a one-day orientation session for new Aboriginal students at the start of each academic year.

Clubs and Societies

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General Clubs

With over 200 active clubs and societies at Carleton, you’ll find an academic, social, political, or charitable club that interests you. Some clubs you could join include the Debate and Speech Club, the Badminton Club, and the Ski and Snowboard Club.

Aboriginal Service Centre, Clubs and Societies

The Aboriginal Service Centre is a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Service Centre that advocates Aboriginal issues on campus and strives to improve the quality of Aboriginal students’ experiences at Carleton by providing peer support.

The First Peoples Council (FPC) is a group of students who have Carleton’s “Clubs and Societies” status with the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) that organizes events promoting Aboriginal cultures on campus. Past events include film screenings, lectures, social and cultural events, and fundraisers.

The Infinite Reach Student Solidarity Network is a group of Métis students working together to enrich and enhance their post-secondary education experience. Members form a community of Métis learners within the university to support each other in their academic pursuits.

Student Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Carleton, you are represented by the Carleton University Students’ Union (CUSU).


Varsity Athletics

Carleton is home to the Ravens varsity sports that range from basketball to fencing. The Carleton Ravens participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Carleton, including try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

Carleton offers recreational sports and leagues at many skill levels, including ball hockey, soccer, and dodgeball. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one. Check out how you can join a team or create your own.

Student Services

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Paul Menton Centre (PMC) for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Paul Menton Centre (PMC) for Students with Disabilities is available to help. You should reach out to PMC as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the start of the school year.

Safe Space Program (GLBTQ)

Carleton University’s Safe-Space Program is an institution-wide initiative to reduce the impact of homophobia and heterosexism on campus. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to take workshops that are designed to help create supportive and safe spaces on campus.

Child Care

The Colonel By Child Care Centre accepts children between the ages of six months and five years. Priority is given to students, staff, and faculty. Contact the Colonel By Child Care Centre for more information.


The Department of University Safety conducts foot, bike, and vehicular patrols of Carleton’s campus. The Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team (CUSERT), a student-volunteer medical response team, is available in an emergency.


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The Department of University Safety conducts foot, bike, and vehicular patrols of Carleton’s campus. The Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team (CUSERT), a student-volunteer medical response team, is available in an emergency.

Aboriginal Student Services IconHousing and Transportation

  • Overview
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Housing and Transportation


Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Carleton gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, Carleton also provides information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.


On Campus

You can chose from two residence styles and 11 residence buildings located on Carleton’s campus. Visit Carleton’s Housing website for a breakdown of styles, residences, and costs.

Off Campus

Carleton’s Off-Campus Housing website allows landlords to post listings and can help you find off-campus accommodations.

Meal Plans

First year students living in residence will be enrolled in the All Access Meal Plan, which provides unlimited entry into the Dining Hall and a limited quantity of Dining ‘Flex’ Dollars. For students living in suite style residences, there is a Reduced Meal Plan option. Check out Carleton’s meal plans and prices.

Residence Life

Residence life is about more than where you live. It is where you will find a community. You will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom, while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Carleton.


Public Transportation

Getting to Carleton through the OC Transpo public transit system by bus or O-Train is a convenient option for many students. If you’re a full-time student at Carleton, you’ll have access to the new Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass), for unlimited service across Ottawa.

Parking Services

Pay and permit parking is available on campus for students and visitors. You can visit Parking Services for more information about bicycle parking, parking permit rates, and accessible parking options.

Wellbeing IconWell-Being

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Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists and wellness educators). Below are some of the services that are available to you.

Health Services

A team of medical professionals, including family physicians and registered nurses, are available on campus by appointment. If you need general medical services, you can make an appointment. If you need more immediate medical assistance, you can access walk-in services.

Counselling Services

Carleton offers you confidential counselling services, whether you’re experiencing difficulties in studying or adjusting to university life, to promote your health and well-being. There is an Aboriginal Counsellor available for students wanting culturally sensitive counselling that is embedded in Aboriginal cultural knowledge and experiences.

Health Promotion

Carleton’s Health Promotion Services offers mental health and wellness guides to aid you in your transition to university that include information about nutrition, building healthy habits, and more.

For more information on Carleton’s well-being services, contact Health and Counselling Services. You can also visit the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) for information on the cultural aspects of health.