Transferring to Carleton

New Student Mailings and New Student Week at Carleton are designed to help orient all students new to the college, but in large part the mailings and the week have been organized around students making the transition from high school to first-year college students. For transfer students, not surprisingly, there are some important differences:

Special Events During New Student Week

During New Student Week (check the NSW schedule for date, time, and location), you’ll get a chance to meet your academic adviser (who will contact you later this summer), the Registrar, and a class dean to get introduced to some of the idiosyncrasies of Carleton academic life and to answer your questions. You will also meet individually with the Registrar or Associate Registrar to review how your transfer credits fit into Carleton requirements.

Language and Math Placement

The Language requirement is a proficiency requirement. This means that regardless of how many language courses you have taken elsewhere, you need to fulfill the language requirement at Carleton by passing a proficiency test. This takes a different form in different languages. All transfer students should take the online language placement test over the summer, just like new entry-level students. If your score is high enough online to justify confirming proficiency, you will be required to take a confirmation test during New Student Week. If it has been some time since you last studied language, it makes sense to brush up over the summer so that when you arrive on campus you can demonstrate your actual abilities in a language.

Some of you may also need to take the Carleton Math placement test; for this follow the instructions on the math placement testing page.

What Transfer Students Can Ignore

You’ll be getting email prompts to sign up for an Argument and Inquiry Seminar, but these courses are reserved for students who have never been to college, so please ignore them and do not sign up for an A & I Seminar.


All new Transfer students will register for Fall courses via the Hub. Access the Hub or click “The Hub” icon on the Registrar’s homepage. Log in as yourself and access the “Student” menu. Help pages are available for some links within The Hub, including specific instructions regarding web registration functionality

  • Your Registration Priority time for fall term may be found by clicking on the “Am I Registration Ready?” link on the Hub.
  • Your registration runs August 7–11, 2023. You will be able to register and make changes to your registration after this date, but you must discuss your registration with your academic adviser prior to registering. Your adviser will email you before registration begins.
  • Otherwise, the registration process for transfer students is the same as that for first-year students: Registration Instructions.

When you arrive on campus

During New Student Week, you will meet with your academic adviser and have an opportunity to confirm your registration or make additional changes to it.