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.

Website: www.carleton.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,078
Undergraduate
Students
(51.5%) 1,070 Women
(48.5%) 1,008 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
21% of 6,499 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
680-770 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
680-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$71,300
Tuition and Fees
$54,759
Room and Board
$14,085
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$47,776
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$21,035
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Other
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
212
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Northfield Population
20,581
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
100% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Knight
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.6% Asian
5.3% Black/African-American
9.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.2% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students
10.0% from 42 countries
First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One North College Street
City, State, Zip
Northfield, MN 55057-4001
Phone
(507) 222-4190
Fax
(507) 646-4526
E-mail
Admissions@carleton.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Common Application Supplement required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
21% of 6,499 applicants were admitted
Women
20% of 3,561 applicants were admitted
Men
22% of 2,938 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
532 (39%) of 1,378 admitted students enrolled
Women
278 (38%) of 723 admitted students enrolled
Men
254 (39%) of 655 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
30% of 725 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,315
Students Accepting Wait List Position
521
Students Admitted From Wait List
41

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
680-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
69%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
6%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
680-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
70%
Score of 600 - 700
26%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
81%
Score of 24 - 29
16%
Score of 18 - 23
3%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 86%
Top quarter: 98%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
10%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$71,300
Tuition and Fees
$54,759
Room and Board
$14,085
Books and Supplies
$1,706
Other Expenses
$750
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financialaid@carleton.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about March 31
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002340
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
401 (76.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
271 (67.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
271 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
271 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,776
Need-Based Gift
Received by 271 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $41,917
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 267 (98.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,511
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 28 (10.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
28 (5.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,873

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,758 (86.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,121 (63.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,121 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,121 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$48,110
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,121 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $40,675
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,093 (97.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,056
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 127 (11.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
102 (5.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,562

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
44%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$21,035
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
104
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
10
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,596
Academic Calendar System
Other
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Physical sciences, Computer and information sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
212
Part-Time Faculty
49
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
80%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 50% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,254,727
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
250
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Northfield Population
20,581
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Campus Size
955 acres

Weather

Temperature
2.8 average low in January, 78.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Faribault
Nearest Train Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Red Wing

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
100% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
4%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
Emergency Notification Service (cell phone text and email alerts)

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Knight
School Colors
Navy and maize

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, canoe (carleton association of nature and outdoor enthusiasts), farm club, ebony ii, whims (women in math and science), amnesty international
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,078
Women
1,070 (51.5%)
Men
1,008 (48.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,055
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.6% Asian
5.3% Black/African-American
9.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.2% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students.
10.0% from 42 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
94.2%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Average Starting Salary
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Engineering 0.2%
Law 3.3%
Arts and Sciences 10.7%
Medicine 4%
Education 0.9%
Other 3.9%

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