Ah, good olde Carleton. Carleton is one of those universities that like the comedian Rodney Dangerfield gets no respect.
Carleton has a very beautiful location in Ottawa on the south side of the city. The park like location has the Rideau Canal as one of its borders and even includes a lock. Like York it is a creation of the 60's and it has mostly modern buildings. It is missing that University "Ivy" look that places like Western have. Also like York it has always been looked upon as a weak sister academically. Those days are gone I feel. MacLeans grades Carleton as #10 in the list of Comprehensive Universities just behind York. It actually has some excellent programmes that are very hard to get into and some specialized High Tech programmes associated with the high tech firms located in our Nation's Capital. The two hardest programmes to get into are the Journalism and Architecture courses and you need quite significant marks. Carleton is one of the few universities in Ontario that even offer these specialities. Make no mistake, these are high end degrees. The Engineering courses are also very good. Other programmes, now that the Double Cohort is "gone" need anywhere from around 75% and up. Obviously the more competitive the major the higher the entrance marks will be.
The Hockey Team is at the start of the process of creating a Varsity Team out of a Club Programme. Its first graduates are leaving at the end of this year after a job well done. This programme is up and running so they have been very successful off the ice if not on it. The Head Coach, Keith Bray, his Assistant, Dan Cioffi and the Head Scout, Marco Oulette have started to build a viable programme that is slowly but surely on its way up. The team practices @ The Civic Centre three mornings a week and plays usually 2 games a week. Quebec teams play an interlocking schedule with Ontario teams as well as some exhibition games against Atlantic Conference Teams and Junior teams in the Ottawa area. The main problem is the rink is off campus and it means you must make an effort to make these early morning practices. Given the learning/growing curved involved the goalies see a ton of shots!
As far as recruiting the team is looking to upgrade in all positions. It is losing two players to graduation but those left behind tend to be mostly local girls who from what I can find out generally played Single A Intermediate or for other weaker teams in the Ottawa area. One girl I recognize from the Hamilton Midget AA team. Don't get me wrong there are some good players but not enough to impact on the overall team play. I imagine that all positions are open and the coaches have started to improve the overall team play but as you can imagine there is much room for improvement.
Don't take this personally ladies but there are a lot of players out there whose marks are not high enough to get into a programme Down South but you keep on hoping. Those opportunities are dissappearing as most of you are finding out. Not only do you need good marks but you need good SAT scores. Based on that knowledge this may be the school for you. A 72% will probably get you into an Arts programme with your fingers crossed and you do not need SAT scores. Get in with an 80% and you will most definitely get Academic Scholarship money. UofT, Queen's and Western are competing for the same kind of kid that Dartmouth, Yale and Cornell are looking for. Carelton compares to schools like Niagara and Mercyhurst. In actual fact the better your marks the more likely you will get Academic money and Canadian schools are significantly cheaper than US schools. Just ask any American parent.
So a school to consider ladies with the added bonus of being on the ground floor of a developing programme where you can set the traditions. It will take time but Ottawa U.was in the same boat not that long ago and look at them now!