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Welcome to ESP: Advising Bulletin


Hello everyone, welcome to the ESP!

We look forward to working with you this year. As Advisors in ESP, we will be emailing you from time to time with an Advising Bulletin like this that contains program announcements and helpful information.

For future bulletins, we will use your university Carleton email so be sure to set this up (see below) in order to correspond with all of us here at the university.

In this bulletin:

In this bulletin:

Getting prepared

Make sure you are prepared for the start of the year.

It is essential to set up your Carleton accounts to be prepared for the term. This includes:

    • your Carleton email – this is how the university communicates with you
    • login to Brightspace – Carleton’s learning platform where you’ll access Orientation activities and your classes & workshops
    • Carleton Central – where you can see your timetable, fees owing, OSAP info and more
    • download the Microsoft Office 365 – free to students!

Need a hand with this? Set up an appointment with one of our academic coaches:

Set up your Carleton accounts →

Academic Orientation Day: Tuesday, September 6th & other activities

  1. Tuesday, September 6th is Academic Orientation Day is free and mandatory for all new students:
    • Your ESP Orientation will be held from 10:00-12:00 in Fenn Lounge (Residence Commons building).
    • This will be followed by a free BBQ and Expo Carleton (a fair of clubs, societies and services).
    • Orientation will introduce you to your studies in the Enriched Support Program and includes a draw for prizes and a chance to get to know your fellow students. No registration required.
    • Time Event Location
      10:00am-12:00pm Enriched Support Program Orientation Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons
      12:00pm –
      1:00 pm
      BBQ  Lunch Outdoor amphitheater by the Loeb Building
      1:00pm – 4:00pm Expo Carleton Fieldhouse
  2. Visit our Academic Orientation 2022 ESP page in Brightspace for program info and content to prepare you for the year ahead! (You will be able to access as of September 6th)
  3. If you are a student with a learning or other disability, look into our Paul Menton Centre’s orientation activities. They’ll let you know about the helpful services and accommodations that are available and how to access them:
  4. Consider registering for Fall Orientation (i.e. frosh week). This week long program costs $125. Activities include:
    • Block party
    • Hypnotist show
    • Lots of games
    • Movie night
    • E-games night
    • A day pass to City Folk (Sept 9)

Note: ESP is part of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences – FASS – even if you’re in an ESP science or engineering stream. As an ESP student you can attend Orientation activities for FASS students and Centralized Fall Orientation activities.

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When things start...

Classes start Wednesday, September 7th   

  • Our timetable office often has to shuffle rooms, so please double-check your timetable before you head out to your class for at least the first week.
  • If the course has a room listed, it is being held in person (most classes are in person). Otherwise, it will say ON LINE and will take place virtually – the prof will share the link in Brightspace or by email.
  • When view your Student Timetable in Carleton Central (under the Registration menu) skip ahead to mid-September to see a full week of classes.
  • Looking at your schedule and wondering where SA TH’B is? Have a look at this site for a map & building code legend: Download the Carleton app for a campus map with directions.

Workshops (ESPW 1000s) start Monday, September 12th 

  • All ESP Workshops, listed on your timetables as “ESPW 1000” will start the week of September 12th – even if you have not had the class yet.
  • If you have a workshop (ESPW 1000) listed on your timetable for September 7th, 8th  or 9th; don’t go! We’ll see you there next week instead.

Tutorial Groups/Labs Start Dates: start dates are TBA

  • Anthropology, Chemistry, Child Studies, Communication & Media Studies, Computer Science, Film Studies, Human Rights, Law, Math, Political Science, and Sociology have tutorial groups or labs, which are listed on your course timetable as one hour blocks.
    • For example HUMR 1001 A02, refers to tutorial group 02 for Human Rights.
  • The professor will announce when these groups start; they always start sometime after the first course lecture.

COVID precautions and recommendations

Carleton University’s COVID-19 response and policies can be found on its COVID info page. Here are the main highlights:

  • Vaccination requirements: The university strongly recommends that all members of the Carleton community get their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
    Although you are not currently required to present proof of vaccination, you may be asked to provide this proof on short notice if the situation and public health advice change. To ensure we can minimize any disruption to your learning environment, all individuals should keep their vaccination status up to date.
  • Masking: In line with current public health guidancemasking is strongly recommended as a way to protect yourself from COVID-19 – particularly in indoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. In line with other health care facilities, Health Services and the Sports Medicine Clinic will continue to require masks.

Read about Carleton's COVID policies →

Get your...

  • U-Passes: (your student bus pass) are now available
  • Student card: Apply for your card or make an appointment to get one made online
  • Books: Visit the bookstore website to order your textbooks (the bookstore is also open), but don’t panic if your course isn’t listed. Sometimes profs don’t order books through the bookstore, but they’ll let you know the first class how to get a hold of the books for their course.
    • Even easier: login to Carleton Central. Under the Registration menu, click on Other. Click on Purchase Books and choose your term.
    • The Carleton Bookstore does price-matching, so if you find your textbook for a lower price on,, or at a local competitor, then bring the advertised lower price and show them at the Bookstore and they can give you the difference on a gift card. They will even match prices up to 7 days after a book is sold. This applies to new, used, and textbook rentals.


Registration is complete and courses are mostly full. Login to Carleton Central and look under the Registration heading for View Timetable. If you did not get one of the courses you were hoping for, feel free to email us at to inquire about course wait lists.


Fall fees were due August 25th (unless you have an OSAP deferral) to avoid a late charge. You can pay tuition in two installments: Fall and Winter. Only fall fees are due now.

To make sure you’ve paid, login to Carleton Central. Under the Registration menu > Student Accounts, click on amount to pay. Make sure your “Term Balance” for Fall 2022 = $0.00.

For information on how to pay, or how OSAP deferrals work, see our ESP Student Guide.

Note: Students who do not pay fall fees by September 30th will be deregistered from classes. If you are having difficulty navigating an OSAP application or arranging funds, please reach out to us for support: We’re here to help!


Check out our ESP student guide for more info →

OSAP status and info

Shortly after you apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and submit your Signature and Declaration forms to Carleton University, you will receive a message titled “OSAP Application: Next Steps” (to your Carleton email). This will provide information from the Awards Office on monitoring the status of your OSAP application as it proceeds through the processing stages. A second email will be sent to you when your OSAP Loan/Grant Certificate arrives, providing information on how to receive the funds.

Visit the Awards and Financial Aid website for more information:  

  • Look into the Work Study program for students on OSAP. You can earn money working a part-time job on campus:

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Students with Disabilities

If you have a physical or learning disability, or if you have a mental or physical illness and would benefit from accommodations, please register with our Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. They will coordinate any needed accommodations across all your classes and workshops. 

Opt-In to the Student Health and Dental Plan: deadline October 3

As an ESP student you are not automatically enrolled in (or charged for) the Student Health and Dental Plan. Click here for what the plan covers. To download the enrolment form, go to: Student Health Plan. The (not at all flexible) deadline to opt-in is October 3rd (self-enrolment opens September 6).

Next edition of the Advising Bulletin

  • How to book an Advising appointment
  • How to book an Academic Coaching appointment
  • How to apply for a bursary (free $)