New AESP Applicants

Returning AESP Students

New Applicants

How do you apply?

AESP does not base its admissions decisions on high school or college/university grades alone. For this reason, we ask students to submit an Application Package including an application form, two letters of reference from teachers, a personal statement and an application fee.

AESP applications are not made through the Ontario University Application Centre, instead you apply directly to the program, following these steps:

1) Arrange a pre-application interview with our AESP Coordinator, Rodney Nelson, tel. 613-520-2600 x. 8158.

2) Download our Application Package.

1) Download our application package.

Our Fall 2017 application package will be available here December 2016. To apply for January admission to AESP, please visit our January admission page for the application.

3) Complete each step outlined in the AESP Application Package. Look through our website to help you complete the Personal Statement, then mail or drop-off your complete application package and application fee to:

Aboriginal Enriched Support Program
1516 Dunton Tower
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Tel: +1 613 520-2804
E-mail: aesp@carleton.ca

Who should apply?

Aboriginal students interested in beginning university studies who:

  • would like academic and social support
  • have taken time away from school and wish to start in a supported environment
  • have potential but may lack the grades needed for traditional admission

AESP students:

  • have come from across Canada
  • have diverse educational and/or professional backgrounds and experiences
  • have included both recent high school and/or college graduates and mature students who have decided to undertake university studies after years in the workforce
  • participate in program evaluation during, and at the end of, the academic year that focuses on program successes and improvements for the following academic year

What is the application deadline?

NEW! Fall 2016 deadline extended – Arts & Social Sciences Stream: August 24, 2016

Note: Our Business, Engineering and Science streams are currently at capacity. New applications will be placed on a wait-list.

What are the minimum educational requirements for admission to AESP?

Applicants must meet the following minimum educational criteria:

  • Ontario high school applicants: must submit a complete application and have three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level, including 4U English and be eligible for their OSSD.
  • Out-of-province high school applicants: must submit a complete application, have a high school diploma and half their grade 12 credits in the academic/university stream.
  • Mature applicants (the AESP office will consider those 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.
  • University students: please consult with us about whether our program can assist you. Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering stream.

Prerequisite subjects:

Applicants to our Business, Science or Engineering streams, have additional prerequisite course requirements. These prerequisite course requirements apply to all applicant types (high school, college, international, mature or other university students).

Business stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Functions (60% or higher)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)

Engineering stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (60% or higher)
  • Required: Grade 12 Chemistry (60% or higher)
  • Required: Grade 12 Physics (may be taken concurrently, i.e., while enrolled in ESP/AESP)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)
  • Note: Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering stream.

Science stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (60% or higher)
  • Required: Grade 12 Chemistry (60% or higher)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)

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Returning Students

How do I apply to a second year of AESP?

1) Download and complete the Second Year/Returning Student AESP Application form. 

2) Consult with our Program Coordinator, Rodney Nelson.

3) Collect the following information for your Application Package:

  • Your completed application form
  • Your application essay
  • Your application fee

4) Mail or drop off your complete application package and fee to the address below.

Aboriginal Enriched Support Program
1516 Dunton Tower
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel: +1 613 520-2804
E-mail: esp@carleton.ca

What is required to return to AESP for a second year?

Your attendance in workshops, final grades and application essay will be used to determine your eligibility for a second year of AESP. You need to have good attendance in your workshops and an average approximately in the C range. You will also need to complete and submit the Second Year/Returning Student AESP Application form.

What is the application deadline?

Fall 2016 admission deadline: August 10, 2016.

If I’m taking summer courses, should I still apply to a second year of AESP?

Consider applying to a second year of AESP even if you are enrolled in summer courses. While your summer course may help you qualify for admission to a degree program, you may want to apply to a second year of AESP as a precaution.

Spaces in the second year of AESP are limited and may be full before you have your summer course results, so if you are considering this option, please apply early.

If you are admitted to a degree program after you receive your summer course results, you may simply withdraw your application to AESP.

What does a second year of AESP involve?

If admitted to a second year of AESP, you would enroll in one core second-year credit and two first-year elective credit courses chosen from the list of courses supported by the program.

Can I apply to receive funding for second year AESP?

For students funded by their band, please contact Rodney Nelson for advice. Many funders will support a second year in AESP.

The ministry will only fund students who are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to take AESP for one year. This means second-year students cannot receive OSAP (if they received it in their first year of study).

Students may apply for a bank student line of credit and/or student bursaries.