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Carleton College Stats, Info and Facts

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2,042 Students

21% Admitted

  • 2,078 full time
  • 0 part time
  • 968 men full time
  • 1,074 women full time
  • 6,727 applied
  • 1,388 admitted
  • 498 enrolled

2,078 Undergraduates

$50,580 Tuition/Year

  • 29 Non-Degree
  • $50,580 in state
  • $294 fees
  • $14,085 room & board
  • $853 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Plains Town, distant from an urban area
Highest Degree Offered: Bachelor's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Trimester
School Mascot: Knights
School Colors: Carleton blue and maize
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Katherine from Ann Arbor, MI
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  • The environment is welcoming, the professors are always willing to help out, and the students are bright and curious. You will learn things you never knew you were possible…

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  • Tanner
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  • A small, rural, liberal arts college. Full of friendly, interesting, diverse students and equally friendly and interesting faculty. Despite it's small size, there is a niche for virtually every student…

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  • Devin from Omaha, NE
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  • A fantastic institution that encourages you to follow your passion, whatever it may be. The list of clubs is endless, allowing you to foster your interest in a variety of…

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  • Anthony from Haslet, TX
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  • If you are looking for an exemplary education, a strong sense of belonging, and an amazing experience, go straight to Carleton. You have found the perfect college.…

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  • Lyds
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  • Carleton College has rigorous academics without the overly competitive atmosphere. Students work hard to prove him/herself to him/herself, not to anyone else. Spring term is super fun.…

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Mission Statement

The mission of Carleton College is to provide an exceptional undergraduate liberal arts education. In pursuit of this mission, the College is devoted to academic excellence, distinguished by the creative interplay of teaching, learning, and scholarship, and dedicated to our diverse residential community and extensive international engagements.

Carleton College
  • Located in Northfield, MN
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 2,042 students enrolled
  • 21% admitted
  • $50,580 annual cost to attend
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 4
  • Sarah from Folsom, CA
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Through reading the student blogs it seems to me that the student body as a whole is friendly, cheerful very open. It also appears that the school does a very good job of pairing off incoming freshmen with roommates they can get along with easily.

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  • 5
  • from MN
  • I am a current student here

    Although I didn't realize it until I got here, I could not have picked a better school. Students here truly love this school. This is seen by how prospective students are treated like celebrities, how there is an abundance of students who want the unpaid position of tour guide, and how Carls could go on for hours talking about their school. Here is a place where there are so many opportunities. Carls are involved. Not only can I be a student receiving a great education but also a volunteer, a friend, an athlete, a worker, a musician, a club member and so much more. Yes, Northfield is a small, rural, Minnesota town but that does not mean that activities are lacking. The school brings in bands weekly to 'The Cave', there are 'Sayles' dances, traditions such as Rotblatt, Spring Concert, and Screw your Roommate, sporting events, performances by both school and major musical, theater, and dance groups, speakers, camping and adventure trips, club sports, intramural sports, an 880 acre 'Arb', floor activities, free trips and tickets to the movie theater, weekly movie screenings, countless costume/dress-up parties... Students stay on campus on weekends because they want to. There is something for everyone.

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  • 4
  • Canaan from Saint Bernard, LA
  • I am a current student here

    I'd say that 90% of the time, I enjoy being at Carleton. The social setting is definitely one that is interesting. There is a lot of social awkwardness, and sometimes that can be a little intense, but I'd say that by the end of my first term, I was completely accustomed to the awkwardness, and I've even come to embrace it. I'd say that the 10% that I'm not enjoying myself is accredited to not enough sleep because of poor time management (something that is easy to fall into given the amount of work/number of extracurricular events on any given night). As long as I'm managing my time effectively, I find my experiences at Carleton pleasurable. Everyone is really nice and very accepting of social/cultural differences, really open to helping their peers, really open to almost anything, really.

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  • 1
  • Transferring out of Carleton
  • I am a past student here

    While I loved my classes and professors at Carleton, the overall college experience was miserable. There is absolutely no school spirit or pride. The small student body is made up of almost entirely identical students seeking a somewhat alternative experience. Athletes were seen condescendingly by students and professors. The weekend scene was depressing. Most students studied, save for occasional small parties thrown by some of the athletic teams mostly. One of my visiting friends remarked it was the quietest, loneliest campuses he had ever set foot on. The lack of diversity (socially) among students was the biggest flaw. Carleton attracts and accepts a certain type of person, and if one does not feel that they fit in, they are correct.

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  • 4
  • Sara from Buda, TX
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Carleton has an amazing atmosphere on campus. Most everyone is friendly and seems to share the sense of community (and the Midwestern sense of humor) that defines Carleton. Everyone I met on-campus was involved in several activities (intramural sports, radio station, community service, comedy troupes, musical groups, etc.) and seemed to be genuinely happy to be there. The main factor that kept me from attending, however, was the location. While Northfield is a very charming small town it is also distressingly TINY. It is located in a very rural area and likely lacks sufficient social life off-campus (or so I feared). However, if you have a car you could likely reach the Minneapolis/St. Paul area within 45 minutes to an hour. So there's that. Plus there's those harsh Minnesota winters (so be prepared for that).

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