Our programs offer the opportunity to:

  • get started on first-year university in a full-time program, earning credits that will count toward your degree
  • take up to three first-year university courses (one First-Year Seminar and two electives)
  • receive academic support in small, weekly workshops that help you make the transition to university-level work
  • benefit from individual academic and time management support in the form of academic coaching
  • get advice from advisors who will help you in exploring academic goals and options
  • build a basis for admission to a degree

ESP and AESP offer unique pathways to help you qualify for a variety of degree programs.

How it works

courses

ESP/AESP Arts & Social Sciences Stream

ESP/AESP Arts & Social Science students enrol in:

  • One first year seminar credit course
  • Two First-year elective courses, chosen from a list of first-year courses supported by ESP 
  • Two non-credit workshops designed to build the skills needed to excel in university studies

Click here for more information about our Arts & Social Sciences Stream.

Admission to a B.A. after ESP/AESP

Students who successfully complete the ESP/AESP Arts & Social Science Stream with an overall minimum CGPA of 6.0 (C+ 67-69%) are eligible for admission to most of Carleton’ Bachelor of Arts Programs. Some B.A. programs may require a higher GPA (Global Politics, Geomatics and Criminology) or have prerequisite subjects for high school (BA Biology, BA Economics).

Click here for more information on Carleton’s grade point scale and here for how a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is calculated. See our ESP/AESP to Degree (Arts & Social Sciences) sheet for more information.

Please note: students with previous university studies will have different standards. Please consult esp@carleton.ca or admissions@carleton.ca for advice.

ESP/AESP Business Stream

ESP/AESP Business students enrol in:

Prerequisite Subject: 4U Functions (min 60%), Calculus recommended

Click here for more about our Business Stream.

Admission to Business after ESP/AESP

Students who wish to earn admission to a Business major must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered:

  • Completion of 4.0 credits listed above (normally 3.0 in fall/winter and 1.0 in early summer)
  • An overall minimum CGPA of 8.0 (B 73-76%) across their ESP/AESP Business Stream courses (with no failed courses)
  • A minimum average of 6.5 (C+/B-) in any courses included in the major

Click here for more information on Carleton’s grade point scale and here for how a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is calculated. See our ESP/AESP to Degree (Business/Engineering/Science) sheet for more information.

Please note: students with previous university studies will have different standards. Please consult esp@carleton.ca or admissions@carleton.ca for advice.

ESP/AESP Engineering Stream

ESP/AESP Engineering students enrol in:

 Prerequisite Subjects: 4U Functions (min 60%), 4U Chemistry (min 60%), 4U Physics (Physics may be taken concurrently, min 60%), Calculus recommended

Click here for more about our Engineering Stream.

Admission to Engineering after ESP/AESP

Students who wish to earn admission to an Engineering program successfully complete the ESP/AESP Engineering stream with:

  • an overall minimum CGPA of 7.0  (B- 70-72%)
  • a core GPA of 7.0 (B- 70-72%) – the core average is calculated across all science and math courses taken in ESP as well as grade 12 Advanced Physics
  • Note: the cut-off varies by program, some engineering streams require higher overall and core CGPAs.

Click here for more information on Carleton’s grade point scale and here for how a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is calculated. See our ESP/AESP to Degree (Business/Engineering/Science) sheet for more information.

Please note: this stream is bot designed for students with previous university studies will have different standards. 

ESP/AESP Science Stream

 ESP/AESP Science students enrol in:

 Prerequisite Subjects: 4U Functions (min 60%), 4U Chemistry (min 60%), Calculus recommended

Click here for more about our Science Stream.

Admission to Science after ESP/AESP

  • To earn admission to a B.Sc. General: Students must successfully complete the ESP/AESP Science Stream with an overall minimum CGPA of 6.0 (C+ 67-69%) for admission to a major science degree (3-year program)
    • and a core CGPA of  6.0 (C+ 67-69%) – the core average is calculated across all science and math courses taken in ESP.
  • To earn admission to a B.Sc. Honours: Students applying to Honours (4-year) programs must successfully complete the ESP/AESP Science Stream with an overall minimum CGPA of 7.0 (B- 70-72%) and also require one of: 4U Biology, Earth and Space Science or Physics (not offered in ESP/AESP, min 60%)
    • and a core CGPA of  7.0 (B- 70-72%) – the core average is calculated across all science and math courses taken in ESP as well as the additional grade 12 Advanced science course (4U Biology, Earth and Space Science or Physics).

Click here for more information on Carleton’s grade point scale and here for how a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is calculated. See our ESP/AESP to Degree (Business/Engineering/Science) sheet for more information.

Please note: students with previous university studies will have different standards. Please consult esp@carleton.ca or admissions@carleton.ca for advice.

Other programs

Please consult us for programs not listed above, at esp@carleton.ca.