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Carleton Admissions Information

Carleton College
Northfield, MN (map)


A first-rate liberal arts college located in the quaint Minnesota town of Northfield, Carleton College is recognized for its outstanding academics. The school provides students with a true liberal arts education that helps develop knowledge and skills applicable for all paths that students choose to take. Voted #1 for undergraduate teaching by the U.S. News and World Report, Carleton fosters a small classroom setting with a low student-faculty ratio, so interaction and individualized attention are guaranteed. Carleton students are challenged to think critically and creatively; the university’s small, close-knit environment is filled with students who are likelier to cooperate than to compete.

From an extracurricular standpoint, Carleton certainly does not lack programs to keep its students occupied. Intramurals dominate the social scene at the school, where Ultimate Frisbee and broomball are very popular. The Carleton Knights, which compete at the Division III level, have a presence throughout campus; One Knight Stand, a popular cabaret group, is one example of the school’s nod to its mascot. Only 35 miles from the state capital St. Paul, students are able to seek culture and entertainment off campus.



Basic Info

Main Address: 1 North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Phone Number: (507) 222-4000  
Website: www.carleton.edu  


Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division III, club, intramural, intercollegiate  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,020  
Percent out-of-state: 71%  
Percent international: 6.13%  
Female to Male ratio: 52:48  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Independent Study
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Urban Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Apartments For Single Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert bands
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #5 School Runs Like Butter
  • Voted #12 Most Liberal Students
  • Voted #16 Professors Get High Marks
  • Voted #10 Best College Radio Station
  • Voted #16 Everyone Plays Intramural Sports

Admissions Information

Carleton College is a top 10 liberal arts college with a 31% acceptance rate. As such, admissions at the school is a selective process. Carleton seeks students who have exceeded the minimum expectations and have instead taken advantage of the advanced coursework available throughout high school. A student's GPA, secondary school record, and class rank are important factors for admission and, for officials at Carleton, indicate academic promise.

Beyond academic qualifications, the college seeks leaders and is interested in how active the applicant is outside of the classroom. This is evaluated through extracurricular activities, volunteer and work experience, recommendations, and character. A student's application essay, alumni relation, and ethnicity are also important determinants during the admissions process.

Admissions address: 100 South College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Phone number: (507) 222-4190  
Fax number: (507) 222-4526  
Admissions Website: www.carleton.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@carleton.edu  
Contact Person: Paul Thiboutot  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,784  
Percent of applicants admitted: 31%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
SAT II Subject Tests are recommended.
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 6081  
ACT code: 2092  
Learn more about other Small Midwest schools:
Macalester   University of Minnesota  

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