How to be a University Student is a five-day, on-campus course for incoming first-year students who want a strong start in their studies. A blend of lectures, readings, and workshops will teach students strategies for success in university. Learn more in our course description.

Register now through Carleton Central. This course runs from August 22 – 26 2022.

Is this course for you?

After years of online studies, the transition to in-person learning can be exciting — but also a little daunting. This course gives students a head start to university. Students will develop study skills and establish habits for success, while meeting new people and becoming familiar with Carleton’s campus.

Dates and Fees

  • This course is in-person from August 22nd to August 26th.
  • Registration is open and you can enroll through Carleton Central, as you would a credit course.
  • Accommodations are not provided with registering for the course, and any attendees from out of town will be responsible for arranging their own lodgings for the week of the course.

The fee is $250 including HST and is added to your fall term fees so it’s due when your fall fees are due. See this page for fee payment information.

Daily Schedule

In the morning, students attend a 90-minute lecture followed by a 90-minute workshop. After the workshop, students have a 1-hour break for lunch. In the afternoon, students attend another 90-minute lecture. They then have a 15-minute break, followed by a 90-minute workshop. At the end of the day, students attend a 45-minute wrap-up. See, below, a detailed schedule for each day of the course.

9:00am – 10:30am Lecture in NI 4020
10:30am – 12:00pm Workshop in various classrooms (TBD)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lecture in NI 4020
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 4:15pm Workshops in various classrooms (TBD)
4:15pm – 5:00pm End of day wrap up

The course will be held in Nicol Building (NI).


How to Register

Registration for “How to Be a University Student” academic prep course can be done through Carleton Central when your registration time ticket opens. Follow the below instructions to register:

  1. Sign in to Carleton Central with your MyCarletonOne login and password
  2. Under Registration, click on “Build my Timetable” and select Fall 2022 from the drop-down menu
  3. Search by selecting “undergraduate” in the course level selection and  “Centre for Initiatives in Education” under the subject selection.
  4. Press the search button at the bottom of the page. There should be only one course; Academic Prep
  5. Select the box on the left-hand side of the course and click “Proceed to Worksheet”
  6. You should see that CIED 0999 Academic Prep has been added to your worksheet
  7. When your time ticket opens for registration, return to your worksheet and click on “Proceed to registration” and press “Submit” to enroll yourself into the classes that are included on that worksheet
  8. The Academic Prep course should be added to your timetable and the fees will be included in your fall tuition.

We highly recommend building your timetable in advance of your registration to try and avoid any technical issues and allow for you to ask any questions you may have before your time ticket opens.

Course Designer and Coordinator

Dr. Rachelle Thibodeau specializes in university student retention and success, peer-supported learning, and the psychology of teaching and learning. She is a coordinator of Academic Support, Program Evaluation, and Research for the Centre for Initiatives in Education, and a founding member of both the Centre for Initiatives in Education and the Enriched Support Program.

Assistant Coordinator

Sam Kwok is a graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Arts program with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has 6 years of experience as a Facilitator, Team Leader, and Academic Coach in the Enriched Support Program, and is pursuing a Master’s in Education. Outside of her academic life, Sam organizes and runs Dungeons & Dragons sessions and practices Japanese jiu jitsu.


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Withdrawing from the course: If you have registered for “How to Be a University Student” academic prep course and need to withdraw, you must do so before August 15th at noon in order to avoid being charged for the course. Failure to withdraw before then will result in full charges remaining on your account for the Fall semester. Follow the below instructions to withdraw from the course:

  1. Sign in to Carleton Central with your MyCarletonOne login and password
  2. Under “Registration” click on “Add/Drop classes”
  3. Select the Fall 2022 term and click on submit
  4. Find CIED 0999 in your listed classes
  5. In the drop down menu, select “Withdraw W FEE Reassessment”
    1. Note: If it is after the August 15th cut-off period, the option provided will be “Withdraw NO FEE Reassessment” and you will be charged the non-refundable cost to your student account.
  6. Select submit changes

For further questions about the registration and withdrawal process, please contact us at