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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students2,105
   Women1,074 (51.0%)
   Men1,031 (49.0%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate23% of 6,485 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing650-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite30-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$66,490
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$47,719
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemTrimester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population20,581
Nearest Metropolitan AreaMinneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 96% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


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 Students9.9% from 38 countries
First-Year Students Returning96.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.86 4.25 746 735 32
Low 3.30 3.44 600 600 26
High 4.00 5.00 800 780 36
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• Carleton College has a ratio of half an acre for every student.

• At midnight the night before finals, all the Carleton students put down their books and scream with every fiber of their being.

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