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New applicants

How do you apply?

ESP does not base its admissions decisions on high school grades alone. For this reason, we ask students to submit an Application Package including an application form, two letters of reference from teachers, an application essay and an application fee.

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

1) Download our application

  • Click here for our Fall 2017 application package
  • To apply for January admission to ESP, please visit our January admission page for the Winter 2018 application, which will be posted in September 2017.

2) Complete each step outlined in the ESP Application Package, looking through our website to help you complete the Personal Statement

3) Mail or drop-off your complete application package and application fee to:

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

Who should apply?

      • Students whose high school grades and performance do not represent their academic potential.
      • Students who would like more academic support as they begin their studies.
      • Applicants who have taken time away from school and wish to start university in a supported environment.
      • See below for more specific requirements.

What is the application deadline?

  • Fall 2017: June 30, 2017 (applicants to the Business, Science or Engineering streams are encouraged to apply early)
  • Winter 2018: To be announced in Fall 2017

What are the minimum academic requirements for ESP admission?

Applicants must meet the following minimum educational criteria (and see below for prerequisite subject requirements for our Business, Engineering and Science streams):

  • Ontario high school applicants: must submit a complete application and have three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level (4U English is recommended) 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Advanced 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)

Please note that these indicate minimum criteria necessary for applications to advance for consideration. Meeting the criteria above does not, in itself, guarantee your application will be accepted. Decisions are made based on your application as a whole.

The admissions committee may consider applicants who fall short of these educational requirements only if the remainder of the application is exceptional.

What if English is not your first language?

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.

What happens after your application is received?

You can expect a decision on your application within 3-5 weeks.

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Returning students

How do I apply to return to ESP?

1) Download the Second Year/Returning Student ESP Application Form, available here in March 2017.

2) Collect the following information for your application package

  • Your completed Application Form
  • Your Application Essay
  • Your Application Fee

3) Mail or drop off your complete application package and fee to the address below:

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 the application deadline?

  • Fall 2017: June 30, 2017 (applicants to the Business, Science or Engineering streams are encouraged to apply early)
  • Winter 2018: To be announced in late Fall 2017

What is required to return to ESP 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 ESP. We look for good attendance and that you are in “Good Standing” after the Academic Performance Evaluation. You will also need to complete and submit the Second Year or Returning Student ESP Application form.

What if I didn’t complete first year ESP?

You would apply as a “Returning Student” using the Returning/Second Year Student ESP Application form.

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

Yes. If you want to be sure we’ll have a space for you, you should consider applying to a second year of ESP. If you are admitted to a program later in the summer, you can simply withdraw your application to ESP.  Spaces in the second year of ESP are limited and may be full before you have your summer course results, so if you are considering this option, please apply early.

What does a second year of ESP involve?

Students may return to ESP for one term or two. Talk with an  ESP/AESP Advisor about your options. Normally students will enroll in 2 courses supported by workshops and 1 core course.

Can I apply to receive OSAP funding for second year ESP?

The ministry will only fund students who are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to take ESP for one year (up to 3 terms). This means second-year students who received OSAP for their first-year of ESP cannot receive OSAP again. Please contact the Awards Office if you have any questions about OSAP-eligibility.

Returning ESP students may be eligible for a bank student line of credit and/or student bursaries.

Can I enroll in ESP in the Fall and apply to enter my degree program in the Winter Term?

Possibly. This will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Your overall GPA upon beginning your second year
  • The number of credits you will have successfully completed
  • Your average in the Fall term classes
  • Whether you enroll in half credit courses or full-credit courses in the Fall term
  • Whether your program of interest is accepting applications in the Winter term

Consult with an ESP/AESP Advisor for details.