Fall/Winter 2022/23

Which courses can I take?

ESP students are eligible to register in three full credit courses: one First Year Seminar and two elective courses that are supported by ESP workshops.

How do I register for my courses?

ESP students have a different registration method than other Carleton students. You register through the ESP office, following the steps below. Read through the Student Guide for guidance in completing each registration step.

  1. Research your course choices:
    • Students in the Computer Science stream have set electives but can choose a First Year Seminar. Read through the Course Descriptions to familiarize yourself with the elective options and identify a FYSM of interest to you;
  2. Build a schedule:
  3. Attend a Registration Information Session if you would like assistance choosing classes.
  4. Complete and submit the applicable online Course Selection Form:
    • Approximately 5-7 days later: Check your schedule and pay your fees. See the Student Guide for more on how to view your schedule and pay your fees.
    • Use our checklist to make sure you’re on track.
    • Orientation is on September 7th and classes begin September 8th.

Course Planning

How can I get help selecting courses?

Please attend one of our Registration Information Sessions.

Register: To register for a Registration Information Session, click here.

All sessions begin at 1:30 pm and are approximately 2 hours in length. You can attend in person or online (HyFlex). 

  • Friday, July 29th
  • Tuesday, August 2nd
  • Wednesday, August 3rd
  • Friday, August 5th
  • Monday, August 8th
  • Wednesday, August 10th

Can’t make it? View the slides here.

**Please be aware that there are specific laptop requirements for your COMP 1005 and COMP 1006 courses. For more information please click here.

Summer Prep

MATH Matters

Held August 22-26, this five-day on-campus course is designed as a math refresher for students taking 1000 level math courses. Having a strong base of mathematics knowledge and knowing study techniques to approach the subject material are essential in first-year university math. MATH Matters ensures that students have the building blocks they need to participate and succeed.

The fee for MATH Matter is $250, including HST.

MATH Matters covers and reviews topics like:

  • Algebra (basic algebra, intervals, and simplifying algebraic expressions);
  • Equations (solving equations and inequalities, special formulas);
  • Graphs;
  • Transcendental functions; and
  • Trigonometry.

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COMP Matters – (Limited seats available)

Held August 15-19, this five-day on-campus course is designed to help prepare students for 1000 level computer science courses. The course introduces and reviews three main components needed for success in computer science: computational thinking, problem solving skills and basic programming skills. The first two are the underlying core skills needed for all computer science courses. This prep course is taught by the professor that will be teaching COMP 1005/1006.

The fee for COMP Matters is $150, including HST.

COMP Matters covers and reviews topics like:

  • Decomposition
  • Pattern Recognition/Data Representation
  • Generalization and Abstraction
  • Algorithm design

We encourage you to check out as a way to help familiarize yourself with the material. It can also be helpful once you start your classes. Most first year computer science classes start with python so will be especially helpful. Be sure to attend the ESP workshops each week, as well as the professor’s and TA’s office hours on a regular basis to help you keep up with the material. Finally, you can work on your math basics using the lecture content provided through MATH Matters.

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The following summer prep overlaps dates with MATH Matters. This is an option for students who would not be attending the MATH Matters summer prep course, and would like to learn more about starting university and developing skills and habits for success.

How to Be a University Student

Held August 22-26, 9am to 5pm, How to be a University Student is a five-day, on-campus course for incoming university students who want a strong start in their university studies. A blend of lectures, readings, and workshops will teach students evidence-based strategies for success in university, with an emphasis on how to develop strong academic skills and habits. Students will apply their new knowledge through in-person, interactive workshops led by skilled upper-year university students.

Topics Include:

  • Study skills and habits assessment
  • The transition to in-person learning
  • Forming and maintaining habits
  • Managing stress
  • Predicting interests, challenges, and strengths
  • Advanced goal setting: What’s a WOOP?
  • How learning works: Learning styles and other learning myths
  • Reading & writing for university: No more 5-paragraph essays
  • Academic self-concept, metacognition, growth mindset
  • Collaboration skills for higher education

For more information go to:

To register for any of these Summer Prep Courses: Complete the ESP Summer Prep Registration Form.

Student Orientation

Below is some information to assist you in preparing for the start of the academic year:

Mandatory Orientation Activities

  • Attend the mandatory Academic Orientation Day on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – More information will be provided to students as it becomes available.
  • Begin your classes on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

Optional Orientation Activities

  • Register for a Summer Orientation Session – This virtual offering will be hosted on Brightspace and will provide students with an opportunity to explore campus resources programs and provide key information prior to starting their first year at Carleton. Please note, that not  all information will be relevant for ESP students. If you are unsure about something please send us an email or discuss with one of our Academic Coaches when you have your essential summer welcome visit beginning the week of August 2nd through our Summer Welcome Program.
  • Participate in the Fall Orientation activities:

Fee Payment

How do I pay my fees?

Once ESP has registered you in courses (approx. 5-7 days after you submit your Course Selection Form), login to Carleton Central to confirm fees and payment methods.

  • Fall fees are due August 25, 2022. This deadline is for the fall fee payment. Failure to pay fall fees by September 30th will result in de-registration from all fall and winter courses.
  • Winter fees are due November 25, 2022. Ensure payment for your winter fees is processed to your account without incurring a late charge by this date.

If you will be receiving funding from a Government Student Aid Program such as OSAP, you may be eligible to defer fee payment beyond the August 25th payment deadline (to September 14th for the fall and January 16th for the winter). Please contact our Student Accounts office if you have any concerns about meeting the payment deadline at 613-520-3626 or

What if I pay after the deadline?

Students who have not made arrangements to have their fees paid by September 30th will be deregistered from all courses for the fall and winter terms. Detailed payment information can be found on the Student Accounts website: Please contact our Student Accounts office if you have any concerns about meeting the payment deadline: 613-520-3626 or

Do I have to pay for both terms at the same time?

No – while many prefer to pay the entire academic year up-front, you do have an option to pay by term, provided your payments are received by the associated deadlines (August 25th for the fall and November 25th for winter term fees). Make sure you are aware of the late and interest charge penalties for late payment, as well as our financial hold policy.

How can I check my balance?

You may check your balance online via Carleton Central once you are registered in courses. Click on “Calculate Amount to Pay” from the “Registration” menu. The ‘Total Amount to Pay’ amount is your account balance. The ‘Minimum Amount to Pay’ amount is the balance for your fall term (if electing to pay by term).

Click here for ESP tuition and workshop costs.

Program or Course Withdrawal

Before September 30

After you submit the Course Selection Form and we add your courses, you will be charged tuition and workshop fees. In order to avoid these charges, you must contact the ESP office as soon as you have made the decision to withdraw: or 613-520-2804.

After September 30

After September 30th, you cannot receive a refund of your fall term fees, though if you withdraw between October 1st and January 31st, you will be eligible for a refund of winter term fees. In order to withdraw from courses, you must contact one of the ESP Student Advisors no later than 4:00 p.m. on the drop-date. You will not be able to withdraw from courses online.

If you need to withdraw from a course during the year, please note the following deadlines:

  • September 30, 2022: Last day to withdraw from full fall term and fall/winter courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • November 15, 2022: Last day to withdraw from full fall courses (no refund of fall term fees if you withdraw after September 30th).
  • January 31, 2023: Last day to withdraw from full winter courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • March 15, 2023: Last day to withdraw from full winter courses (no refund of winter term fees if you withdraw after January 31st).