Ottawa, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1942Established Year

Carleton University is a public university located between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, nearby downtown Ottawa, Ontario. Also known as Canada’s Capital University, it is spread across 100 acres.

The Canadian university is a comprehensive university that offers more than 65 undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide array of disciplines. Here are some of the popular courses at Carleton University.

  • Global and International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Health Sciences
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Social Work

Why Choose Carleton University?

Rankings and Standings

  • #501-600 in the World University Rankings: Times Higher Education.
  • 5th in Canada’s top comprehensive schools 2018: Maclean’s
  • 651-700th in the QS World University Rankings  

Salient Features

  • Reputed in journalism, public affairs, international affairs, architecture, and high technology.
  • 878 faculty members and 1,085 staff members
  • The number of student’s enrollment increased by 18% in the last 10 years.
  • Student satisfaction rate increased by over 11%. 
  • Nearly 1,000 research projects are underway. 
  • Located near the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Year of establishment


Type of university



Charles Chi


Alastair Summerlee (Interim)


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Total number of Students


Total number of Undergraduate Students


Total number of Postgraduate Students


Test scores accepted


Scores required




MELAB-85 (min. score of 80 in each section)

PTE- 60 (min. 60 in each communication skill)


Student Intake

  • As per 2016-2017 statistics, the university has a total number of 29,573 students.
  • 20,814 of them are full-time and 4,716 are part-time undergraduates
  • 3,435 of the total are full-time and 608 part-time postgraduates.

Campus and Residential Facilities

Carleton University has 20 academic buildings, a library, a gymnasium, ice house, field house, and physical recreation center. It is served by the OC Transpo that operates the O-Train connecting the university to Mechanicsville in the north and to South Keys in the south.

The university has 9 buildings for housing students. The housing agreement will depend upon the status of the applicant and the term. A part of the application will require you to fill the details of the requirement of residence.

  • All students of fall term can apply for residence from 1st February (10:00 am).
  • The last date for applying residence is June 7, 4:30 pm.
  • Two types of living style in the Residence Complex at Carleton - traditional and suite style.
  • A traditional double room consists of two beds, two desks with chair connected with a washroom shared with another double room.
  • Suite-style room consists of double rooms and single rooms having beds, desks with chair, shared washroom, kitchen, and sitting area.

Application Process for Residence

  • Log on to Carleton Central and select the Housing Online Link from the main menu.
  • The application fee for applying residence is CAD 35 which is non-refundable.
  • The CAD 35 application fee can be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express only, Visa/Debit cards) or by Interac, also through Carleton Central.

Lottery/Waitlist Information

  • A room lottery for all new students without a guaranteed offer will be conducted after the last date of application on 12th June 2018.
  • Any applications received after the deadline of June 7th will be added to the end of the waitlist.

Faculties, Programs, and Divisions

Departments and FacultyDescription
Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesOffers 38 programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in the Arts and Social Sciences. It has around 7,000 students and 300 faculty members.
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral AffairsIt provides various undergraduate courses like Accounting, Biology, Architecture, Chemistry, etc.
Faculty of ScienceAt present, it comprises 12 academic units and over 3,300 undergraduate and 500 graduate students enroll each year in the faculty. The faculty offers 34 undergraduate and 19 graduate degree programs.
Faculty of Engineering and DesignOffers more than 50 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
Faculty of Public AffairsIt is the only Faculty of its kind in Canada. It was established in 1973 and it is for students who want to bring positive change to the community and world around them.
The Sprott School of BusinessThis business school at Carleton University is accredited by AACSB International. It offers many programs like Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of International Business, Master of Accounting, Sprott MBA, Ph.D. in Management, etc.

Carleton University offers more than 200 undergraduate programs, 100 graduate programs, masters programs, graduate diplomas, collaborative specializations, and online programs.

Application Process

Undergraduate programs

The procedure for applying for various undergraduate courses is different. Applicant needs to select the applicant type and undergraduate program first and the find the procedure for applying for that.

Graduate Programs

The process of admission to graduate programs in the university is as follows:

  • Select a program you are interested in, then request an application account.
  • As soon as you create a request for applicant account, you will receive an email from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) with your Carleton Access Number (CAN) and password.
  • Log in your OUAC profile.
  • Enter your details.
  • Submit the application fee and other important documents.
  • The academic unit will review your application and if your application is approved, you will receive an email regarding the same.

Documents Required

You will require various documents listed below at the time of application. However, these required documents may vary according to the program chosen.

  • Aptitude test results
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of reference
  • A statement of intent
  • A writing sample
  • CV/Resume

Costs and Expenses

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee differs for domestic and international students for every level of courses.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Fees for undergraduate programs for domestic students: CAD 21,582 – CAD 26,262
  • Fees for undergraduate programs for international students: CAD 36,640 – CAD 48,142

Graduate Programs

  • Fees for graduate programs for domestic students will range from CAD 23,009– CAD 30,864.
  • Fees for graduate programs for international students will range from CAD 31,198– CAD 48,162.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Carleton University provides 11,900 scholarships and bursaries, amounting to CAD 22.9 million.

Entrance Scholarships

  • For first-time entrants with no previous attendance at post-secondary educational institutions
  • No need to apply separately
  • Renewable in nature
  • Scholarships for transfer students
  • Entrance awards for international students
Number of Scholarships & ValueValue x TimeAdmission Average
Unlimited @ CAD 12,000CAD 3,000 x 4 years90–94.9%
Unlimited @ CAD 8,000CAD 2,000 x 4 years85–89.9%
Unlimited @ CAD 4,000CAD 1,000 x 4 years80–84.9%

Alumni Network

The Carleton University Alumni Association is a community of more than 140,000 alumni. It has developed a number of affinity partnerships, including financial services, travel packages, recreation and fitness discounts, and more.

  • 10 percent discount on 100+ professional programs through the Sprott School of Business.
  • Carleton University MBNA Rewards credit card
  • Discounts on merchandise in the University Bookstore
  • Access to online journals in the Carleton University library
  • Career and employment counselling services

Notable Alumni

  • Lester B. Pearson, former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Gerhard Herzberg, a pioneering scientist in physics and chemistry
  • and Peter Grünberg, a pioneering scientist in physics and chemistry
  • Charles Chi, executive chairman of Lytro
  • Herb Gray, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Find a Program

Architecture, Building & Planning 3 Programs

4 yearson-campusEnglish
$32,016 PER

4 yearson-campusEnglish
$32,016 PER


Business, Finance, Economics, Management & Statistics 13 Programs

3 yearson-campusEnglish
$25,445 PER

$27,955 PER

Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 25,445
Bachelors Tuition Fees$25445
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 13,351
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
October 15, 2019
Start of Application process May 01, 2019
End of Application process October 15, 2019
Application Fee
$ 166
Application website https://gsapplicat...
Accepts common App No
Direct Application Yes
Admission Details
Acceptance Rate
73 %
Min. 6.5
Total Applications
Min. 86

Admission Overview

Established in 1942, Carleton University proudly calls itself Canada’s Capital University. More than 29,000 students take admission in the university, to take their step towards a rewarding career. The university maintains a fair and efficient admissions process so that only deserving students get a place in it. 

  • Carleton University offers more than 200 undergraduate and several Masters and Doctoral programs.
  • Graduate Diploma programs are also offered to the students. 
  • The admission to the university is strictly based on merit.
  • Candidates need to fulfill the general and program specific requirements, which can be checked on the University website.
  • International candidates can apply to the university through the official website or through OUAC.
  • International students need to fill the 105F form of OUAC, to apply to Carleton University and other universities in Ontario.
  • Majority of the admissions are done with September entry. 
  • Deadline for general application for Fall admission for international students is April 1. For U.S High School students, it is June 1.
  • For international students, the basic application fee for OUAC is CAD 166
  • Fee for applying directly in Carleton University is CAD 100. 
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