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Carleton College
Northfield, MN
Carleton College, founded in 1865, is a private, liberal arts college. Its focus on students and learning is manifest in the extraordinary opportunities for student-faculty research all across the curriculum, summer fellowships provided by the college for student research, the many hours faculty spends with students outside of class and a highly participative governance system. There's not a typical student at Carleton, though most share a few things in common: a desire to learn and grow, humor and developing the ability to understand and listen, so that diversity is valued in every way instead of just tolerated. Its 950-acre campus, including a 450-acre arboretum, is located 35 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Campus architecture includes buildings constructed during the first two decades of the 20th century.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,105
   Women 1,074 (51.0%)
   Men 1,031 (49.0%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 23% of 6,485 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 30-33 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $66,490
  Tuition and Fees $50,874
  Room and Board $13,197
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $47,719
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Trimester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 205
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Northfield Population 20,581
Nearest Metropolitan Area Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 96% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Knight
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.5% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
8.3% Hispanic/Latino
6.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.6% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 9.9% from 38 countries
First-Year Students Returning 96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 88.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 17.0%