Information for Guidance Counsellors

How to Apply

  • Students do not apply to ESP or AESP through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).
  • The ESP/AESP admissions process is entirely separate from the degree program application.
    • Students who have not applied through OUAC may submit an application to ESP or AESP.
    • Students who have applied through OUAC will not be penalized for applying to ESP/AESP. One application will not affect the other. There is no financial penalty for refusing an offer from ESP before classes begin.
  • Application Package
    • Fall 2017 Application 
    • Winter 2017 Application – admissions are now closed.  Please check back in late September 2017 for the Winter 2018 application.

How to Submit a Reference

To provide a student with a reference for an ESP/AESP application, please click here to complete a letter of reference online.

If you would like to add any supplementary information, please feel free to email our program at esp@carleton.ca and we will be sure to add your comments to the student’s application.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission (September): June 30, 2017
  • Winter admission (January): To be announced in Fall 2017

Minimum Academic Requirements

Please note that the following indicate minimum criteria necessary for applications to advance for consideration. Meeting the criteria above does not, in itself, guarantee the application will be accepted. Decisions are made based on the application as a whole. The admissions committee may consider applicants who fall short of these educational requirements only where the remainder of the application is exceptional.

  • Ontario High School Applicants
ESP/AESP Stream Minimum academic requirements  GPA requirements and prerequisites (Ontario)
Arts & Social Sciences -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning
university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M levels.
-Most successful applicants have
averages in the 60s and up.
-4U English is recommended, but not mandatory.
Business -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning
university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U of M levels.
-See prerequisite subject(s).
-Most successful applicants have averages
in the high 60s and up.
-Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions
(min. 60%).
-Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors
(min. 60%).
Engineering -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level.
-See prerequisite subjects.
-Most successful applicants have averages
in the high 60s and up.
-Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions
(min. 60%).
-Required: Grade 12 Advanced Chemistry
(min. 60%).
-Required: Grade 12 Advanced Physics
(min. 60%; to be taken concurrently, i.e. while enrolled in ESP/AESP)
-Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors
(min. 60%).Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering Stream.
Science -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level.
-See prerequisite subjects.
-Most successful applicants have averages in the high 60s and up.
-Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions
(min. 60%).
-Required: Grade 12 Advanced Chemistry
(min. 60%).
-Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors
(min. 60%).
  • Out-of-province high school applicants: must submit a complete application, have a high school diploma with half their grade 12 credits in the academic/university stream.
  • Mature applicants (the ESP office will consider Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have been away from full-time studies for a two-year period and who have not undertaken other college or university study as “mature”): must submit a complete application and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • College/CEGEP applicants: must submit a complete application and may be considered after the completion of one year in a college program.
  • International students: are encouraged to consult the degree admission requirements. We will consider students whose academic record is close to the posted degree admission requirements. Students are encouraged to consult our Admissions Coordinator for advice.
  • University students: please consult with our Admissions Coordinator about whether our program can assist you. Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering stream.

Students whose first language is not English

Applicants whose first language is not English should consult Carleton University’s English as a Second Language requirements and ESL testing information. Applicants with an ESLR placement of ESLA 1500 or higher may be considered for admission to ESP.

Information Nights

Please refer students and their families to one of our Information Nights (starting spring 2017) to hear from our Admissions Coordinator and former students about the program, application process and requirements.

Student Ambassadors

Invite one of our ESP or AESP Student Ambassadors to meet with your students or guidance/teaching team.

Our visit can take a variety of formats:

Student Meetings

  • Individual student meetings: some schools have called students to the guidance office one-by-one for individual meetings about ESP.
  • Group meetings: we have met small groups of students who are interested in learning more about ESP.
  • Note: We can meet with students who either have been refused an offer, or who haven’t heard back on their application and who are concerned about whether they will qualify for a degree program.

Staff Meetings

Our Ambassadors can meet with guidance and/or teaching staff to share about our experience in the program, answer questions and dispel some common student misconceptions about ESP.

“How to succeed at university” class/group presentations

We offer the option of a presentation focused on (A) the ESP and how it supports students in a successful transition to university, or (B) transition strategies for any students moving on to any university.

  1. How to prepare for and succeed in the transition to university through the ESP/AESP.
  2. How to prepare for and succeed in the transition to university (general presentation).

Information Tables

Our Ambassadors can host an Information table over a lunch hour, for example. (Note: while we’ve had some success with this model, some students are reluctant to talk to ambassadors in more public settings.)

Contact us to book a visit: esp@carleton.ca or 613-520-2804.