- How do I know when I've successfully added/dropped my course(s)?
If you have successfully added a course it will appear on your audit as a current (CUR) course.
If you have successfully dropped a course prior to the academic drop deadline, it will no longer appear on any of your academic records (including your audit).
- What happens if I repeat a course? How will this affect my CGPA?
When you repeat a course, the original course attempt and grade are bumped out of your degree and are moved to a section of your audit called “COURSES SET ASIDE”. Both grades will always appear on your transcript, but only the most <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>recent</span> grade will be included in your audit and your CGPA calculation.
The advantage of repeating and completing a course with a better grade is that the old grade will no longer count towards your CGPA(s). However, if after repeating the course you earn the same or a lower grade, the most recent grade (even if it’s lower) will be used in your CGPA.
- What happens if I fail a course?
It goes without saying that failing one or more courses will negatively impact your CGPA(s). A low CGPA could result in negative academic standing.
There is a limit to how many failed courses (discredits) a student can accumulate. For most students, the limit is 5.0 discredits (5.0 failed credits). If a student exceeds 5.0 discredits, s/he is automatically “Suspended” (or deemed “Dismissed from Program”) at the next Academic Performance Evaluation. Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for more information.
- I see abbreviations such as TR, RP, LOP and FND as grades on my audit. What do they mean?
TR – Transfer Course
CUR – Current Course
LOP – Letter of Permission
CLP – Current Letter of Permission
CUO – Current University of Ottawa Course
EXC – Exchange Course
RP – Repeated Course
ABS – Absent from a Final Exam (equivalent to an F)
FND – Failure with No Deferred Examination Allowed (equivalent to an F)
DEF – Deferred Exam
These and more abbreviations can be found in the legend at the end of your audit.
- Can a course satisfy more than one degree requirement?
Yes. A course can satisfy more than one degree requirement. For example, a 3000-level course successfully completed in your Major may satisfy one (or more) of the following requirements:
- Breadth (depending on the course subject)
- Residency (the number of credits you need to complete at Carleton)
- Advanced Credits
- Minor requirements
- Concentration requirements
- How is my audit different from my transcript?
An audit is your guide to completing your degree requirements and is available through Carleton Central 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is considered an unofficial document that records:
- Your degree title (for example, BA Honours English)
- Any program elements (Majors, Minors, Concentrations, Specializations)
- Courses that you have attempted and are currently registered in
- Your final grades
- Your Cumulative Grade Point Averages (CGPA’s) for each program element
- Your academic standing
- The number of credits you have to complete for graduation
Your transcript is a permanent and official record of your academic history. You must make an official request to the Registrar’s Office to obtain your transcript. Your transcript records:
- Any degrees, certificates and/or diplomas earned from Carleton University
- All courses you have completed (passed, failed, or repeated)
- All the grades you have received and their corresponding grade point value
- The course title and the year it was completed
- All of your Academic Performance Evaluation decisions
- Any academic awards you have achieved (e.g. scholarships, Dean’s list, medals, etc)
If you’re applying to another university (for undergraduate, graduate, or other professional programs) your transcript is the document that is used to determine your eligibility for admission.
- What is a program element? And how many can I have?
Program elements are the Majors, Minors, Concentrations and Specializations that you have included in your degree.
In addition to your Major(s), the maximum number of allowed program elements in your degree (i.e. the combined number of Minors, Concentrations or Specializations) is two.
Note: Neither the co-op option nor the Mention Français are considered program elements.
- How do I qualify for a course overload?
The maximum number credits you are able to register for is as follows:
- 2.5 credits in the fall term
- 2.5 credits in the winter term
- 1.0 credit in each of the early and late summer terms ; 2.0 credits in the summer term in total
In order to qualify for a course overload you must have:
- Completed at least 4.0 credits at Carleton and
- Achieved a minimum overall Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 7.0 (B-).If you meet these requirements you can automatically register on Carleton Central for an additional 0.5 credit in the Fall and Winter terms and either the early or late period of the summer term.
- Where does my audit tell me if I’m eligible for graduation?
If you want to ensure that your current registration will lead to graduation at the end of the year, check your audit. If you are registered in your final credits for your degree, your audit will read (within the first few lines, above your year standing) “ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED – IN PROGRESS COURSES USED”.
If you have added Hypothetical Courses and want to check to see if your hypothetical registration would lead to graduation at the end of the year, check your audit. If you are hypothetically registered in your final credits for your degree, your audit will read (within the first few lines above your year standing) “ALL REQUIREMENTS MET – HYPOTHETICAL AND/OR IN PROGRESS COURSES USED”
If you have already completed all of your courses and want to check to see if your application for graduation will be approved, you can also check your audit. If you have completed all of your degree requirements, your audit will read (within the first few lines, above your year standing) “ALL REQUIREMENTS IDENTIFIED BELOW HAVE BEEN SATISFIED”.