Students Say

Students seeking a “top-notch” and “cooperative…learning environment that challenges students without leaving them overwhelmed” will find a happy home at Carleton College, an extremely rigorous liberal arts school characterized by what students call “collaborative academia.” The “phenomenal” professors, in particular, who “focus on teaching” rather than on research and “seek out…personal relationships with all of their students” are a huge draw. As one undergraduate says, “One of my biology professors got an ovation at the end of the last class of the term.”

Overview

Applicants
6,297
Acceptance Rate
23%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
660 - 750
SAT Math
660 - 760
SAT Writing
650 - 750
ACT Composite
30 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Students seeking a “top-notch” and “cooperative…learning environment that challenges students without leaving them overwhelmed” will find a happy home at Carleton College, an extremely rigorous liberal arts school characterized by what students call “collaborative academia.” The “phenomenal” professors, in particular, who “focus on teaching” rather than on research and “seek out…personal relationships with all of their students” are a huge draw. As one undergraduate says, “One of my biology professors got an ovation at the end of the last class of the term.” Class sizes have fewer than twenty-five students, with the exception of introductory science classes, and as one student explains, professors “have answered my e-mails past midnight and been available in their offices past 10:00 P.m.” Carleton also supports its students with “a plethora of resources” like “a really cool system that gives science, math, and many social science classes student tutors or ‘prefects’ who have already taken the class and are available for group or one-on-one help” and the Math Skills Center, which “provides tutoring, homework help, and a great space to study.” The school could “get better about supporting students in the arts,” but “most professors are very open to pursuing independent studies with students who choose a particular subject that is not offered.” Carleton has also opened the new Weitz Center for Creativity as part of an expanding arts program.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
242
with Terminal Degree
227

132
Men
110
Women
60
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Chinese Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Theatre/Theater

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology and Anthropology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michael H. Armacost
Pres. Brookings Institution, former US ambassador

Barrie Osborne
Oscar Award winning producer

Sidney Carne Wolff
Director National Optical Astronomy Observatories

Arnold W. Donald
CEO, Carnical Corporation

Jane Hamilton
Author

Christopher Kratt
Producer of educational programs for children

Mary-Claire King
Prof of Genetics-U of Washington-genetics research

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
98
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

At Carleton College, the total cost for tuition and fees and room and board comes to just over $60,100 annually. Fortunately, the folks writing the checks at Carleton believe that cost should not be an obstacle to achieving a Carleton education. The average financial aid package for freshman includes scholarships and grants totaling $31,848—that gets you halfway there. When you factor in Carleton’s other financial aid offerings in the form of work-study and loans, the dollar amount will seem much more manageable.

Bang For Your Buck

Carleton’s financial aid program is primarily need-based, and the college commits to meeting the need of admitted students fully. This means that a student’s aid award will include grants and scholarships from Carleton, applicable government grants, oncampus work, and a reasonable amount of loan. Students graduate with about $18,000 in loan debt on average. Carleton’s financial aid program helps support the unique culture and character of this college through its goal of enrolling diverse students regardless of their ability to pay for college. With nearly three-fifths of the student body receiving need-based grant aid, there is a broad socioeconomic representation across the student body, and students laud Carleton for its “generous financial aid.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,030

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,050

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,281

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,302

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,030

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Quirky,” “passionate,” and “nerdy” are a few words undergraduates fondly use to describe the community at Carleton. As one student explains, “Due to some sort of unexplainable Carleton magic, a motley crew of odd, but intelligent and disciplined individuals come together at Carleton for an excellent and challenging four years.” Another student describes her reasons for choosing Carleton: “Almost everyone is friendly—and I don’t mean that only groups of people are friendly, I mean that practically any individual you could come across has this desire in them to learn in a positive environment, which I think is so intense that it translates into sharing that desire with others through encouragement and assistance.” The student body reflects geographic diversity but could improve on reflecting more “diversity with political and social backgrounds.” Still, “People are very self-aware, but not self-centered,” and “The best part about that is that they all keep really open minds.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,045
Out of State
81%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

53% female
47% male
81% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

While “quaint,” Northfield and its “coffee shops, thrift stores, random little bookstores and art shops, [and] restaurants” are “minutes away,” Carleton life, or “the famous Carleton Bubble,” centers around a balance between “study hard, party hard,” and it’s “pretty easy to get completely wrapped in what’s happening on campus.” Weekends bustle with activity since “people go a little bit insane from overwork during the week,” and as one student put it, “I often find myself attending a concert at the Cave, the student pub; going to a show one of my friends wrote at the Little Nourse Theater; taking a quick trip to the cities for Mall of America or an uptown excursion; or, most likely, having a surprisingly engaging and deep intellectual discussion with some friends at a party on a Friday night.” Intramural sports such as broomball and ultimate Frisbee are “freakishly popular,” and “campus traditions are rich and plentiful.” Another “huge draw is the Arboretum, an 800-acre forest where students go for runs, go snow-shoeing, or have camp fires”; there is also always the option to “bake cookies at Dacie Moses house.” In terms of the party scene, “you can usually find somewhere to do it,” and “there’s a pretty good gradient—some people live substance free, some people drink heavily every weekend, but most people are somewhere in between.” As one student says, “Whichever path you choose, you’re bound to make friends.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
67

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
196
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
17

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

18% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Knights, Carls)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Knights, Carls)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability

What do you get when you combine aggressive sustainability initiatives with students, faculty and an administration committed to the environment? A more enjoyable campus, a shrinking carbon footprint, and, of course, recognition from The Princeton Review. In 2011, Carleton College formally introduced its Climate Action Plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. But sustainability initiatives were in place long before that year. Carleton boasts two wind turbines (360 feet tall!) for the production of renewable energy for the local grid, a LEED Gold residence hall for low impact living, and campus-wide compost, electric vehicle charging station for both campus and public use, and single-stream recycling programs to minimize the amount of waste the college community sends to the landfill. In fact, Carleton’s ongoing energy conservation programs have saved more than 1,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 40,000 therms, and an estimated $100,000 in annual energy costs since 2010. Dining Services has heightened its green commitment by encouraging trayless dining. Not only does this move decrease water consumption, energy consumption, and food waste, but Dining Services reinvests money saved from this program in food quality, ensuring ever-improving eats for Carleton College students. Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement offers tons of ways for students to engage in local agriculture, energy, and sustainability initiatives through both classes and volunteer work via the Farm Mentorship program, Kids for Conservation, and others. In January 2014, Carleton students helped organize the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a day of education and action that drew more than 650 participants. With Carleton College rolling out new green initiatives and opportunities for students every week, we recommend you go check out the college’s sustainability blog for yourself.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
23%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100`

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Carleton ITs Department has educational discounts from Apple, Dell and Lenovo via the web.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michele Kamen
Visits Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
100 S. College St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Phone
8009952275

Email
vistadmissions@carleton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cowling Arboretum
Weitz Center for Creativity
Historic Goodsell Observatory
Japanese Garden
Recreation Center
Sayles Campus Center, Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mall of America
Guthrie Theatre
Walker Outdoor Sculpture Garden
Science Museum of Minnesota
Uptown Area (Mpls)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday during academic year
8am-5pm and 8:30am-noon
8009952275

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
daily (morning and afternoon)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visitadmissions@carleton.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay; bring a sleeping bag or reserve a rollaway bed; 3 complimentary meals in the dining ha

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is 35 miles from campus. Carleton offers a very limited schedule of rides between the airport and campus; call the admissions office to make arrangements. Taxi service runs from the airport to the College. Rental cars are also available at the airport. Amtrak trains serve Minneapolis/St. Paul. These trains generally arrive late at night; therefore, you should plan to stay overnight near the station and take a bus or taxi to Northfield the following day. Northfield Lines also has a bus service to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-35, take Exit 69 to Minnesota Hwy. 19 and head east for 7 miles to Northfield. At the first stoplight (where Hwy. 19 merges with Hwy. 3), turn left. Proceed to the next stoplight (2nd St./Hwy. 19) and turn right onto 2nd St. You will come to a stop sign at Division St.; continue straight ahead up the hill on 2nd St. Turn left at College St., which takes you to campus and the admissions office.

Local Accommodations
The Archer House (212 Division St.; 507-645-5661) is a restored turn-of-the-century inn just a couple of blocks from campus. Highlights are its convenient downtown location and gorgeous views of the Cannon River. Rates range all the way from inexpensive to expensive; special rates may be available during the week. The price includes continental breakfast.The Country Inn (300 Hwy. 3 S.; 800-456-4000) is 1 mile from campus. AmericInn (1320 Bollenbacher Dr.; 507-645-7761) is within three miles of campus. There are numerous hotels in the southern metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul that will be within 45 miles from campus.
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Key Stats

6,297
Applicants
2,045
Size
23%
Acceptance Rate
1420
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