Carleton College

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Carleton College
Office of Admissions
100 South College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

phone: 507.222.4190
toll-free: 800.995.2275
fax: 507.222.4526
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Majors and Degrees Offered


Ready to work hard and play hard? Carleton is one of the nation's top liberal arts and sciences colleges, boasting success from physics to frisbee and everything in between. Our academic programs span the disciplines, giving you a broad foundation of knowledge to take your interdisciplinary learning to the next level. With students hailing from across the country and around the world, our diverse community will challenge and support you. Located in the historic river city of Northfield, we're just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities; you'll find plenty to occupy your time outside of class. Carleton graduates go on to become physicians, teachers, civic leaders, artists, engineers, authors — and our strong opportunities in research and internships will help prepare you for whatever comes after Carleton.

Carleton College at a Glance


  • Undergraduate: 2,023


  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Average class size: 18
  • Number undergraduate majors: 38

Student Distribution

  • Domestic students: 74% White, 10% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 4% Black, 5% multiracial
  • 9% international students

First-Year Student Profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 29 and 33. 57% of first-year students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 670-760, SAT Reading: 670-760, SAT Writing: 660-750. 63% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 20%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 94%


  • 2013-14 undergraduate tuition and fees: $46,167
  • Room and board: $11,982
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: Around 64% of Carleton students qualify for some form of financial aid. 55% of financial aid awards are in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, which do not need to be repaid.

Religious Affiliation

  • None


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts

View all Majors and Degrees

5 largest majors

Biology, Political Science/International Relations, Economics, Mathematics, Chemistry


243 total instructional faculty: 220 Full-time; 23 Part-time. 94% hold a doctorate or a terminal degree in their field.

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & Approval

American Chemical Society, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Pre-Professional Programs

Architecture, business and management, chemistry, dentistry, engineering, hospital administration or health systems, journalism and publishing, law, library science, medicine, ministry, nursing, social work and veterinary science.

Teaching Licensure Programs

Carleton offers Minnesota teaching licensure preparation for grades 5-12 in communication arts, mathematics, earth and space science, life science and social studies. Grades 9-12 preparation is available in physics and chemistry. K-12 preparation is available in French, German, Spanish and visual art. Elementary licensure combined with a Master's in education may be completed through collaboration between Carleton College and the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Non-Traditional Education Programs

Adult education programs are available on a limited basis for area residents and alumni.

Intercampus Agreements

A cooperative agreement with St. Olaf College enables Carleton and St. Olaf students to take courses on either campus.

Study Abroad Programs

Carleton students study across the country and around the world, on a wide variety of programs. Thanks to our flexible financial aid and academic credit policies, nearly three-quarters of our students study off-campus during their four years. Many of our students participate in the two dozen programs led by our faculty, studying agroecology in China, printmaking in the South Pacific, culture in Peru, history in Ghana, just to name a few. Students also have access to programs led through other associations and consortia, including the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), Inter-Collegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) program, HECUA consortium, and School for International Training (SIT). Get your passport ready — the world is your classroom.

Internships/ career services

Students wishing to gain career experience may apply to Carleton's Career Center for placement in established internship programs or they may design their own programs. Credit may be awarded with faculty permission.

The Career Center works with students starting in their first year, helping them explore their myriad post-Carleton options. Sponsoring numerous activities to prepare students for post-college life, the Career Center supports Carleton students with internships, alumni mentorships, and off-campus excursions to explore various career fields. Students have the opportunity to work with both professional staff and peer mentors, and are also encouraged to participate in workshops on interview skills, resume creation, and a variety of other skills.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT with writing or SAT

Application deadlines: Early Decision Fall — November 15; Early Decision Winter — January 15; Regular Decision — January 15

Application fee (amount): Free online

Advanced placement credit

Carleton accepts up to 36 credits toward the Carleton degree from the following: College Board AP credits, and IB credits. These credits may not be applied to distribution requirements. The faculty urges prospective students to take advantage of opportunities for advanced study available to them. Several departments on campus offer tests to determine student placement into appropriate level Carleton courses. SAT II scores of 690 and above for French or Spanish or 680 and above for German successfully fulfill the language requirement. To find out more about Carleton and credits for advanced classes:

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

No more than 102 Carleton credits may be transferred. Usually successful transfer students have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Fall Deadline: March 31. A complete application includes the application, test scores (SAT or ACT), high school and college transcripts, Dean or Adviser's recommendation letter and a statement on reasons for transferring.


2013-14 undergraduate tuition and fees: $46,167

Room and board: $11,982

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: Around 56% of Carleton students qualify for some form of financial aid. 55% of financial aid awards are in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, which do not need to be repaid.

Financial aid information

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Student involvement

Student organizations

8 publications, 25 music/art groups, 31 cultural, ethnic and religious groups, 13 political groups, 6 environmental/outdoor groups, 8 educational groups, 3 pre-professional groups, 34 student hobby groups and 11 community service groups. Carleton also has a student-run AM/FM radio station and pub.

Athletic programs

Conference membership

NCAA Division III, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field

Women's varsity

Basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track and field, volleyball


Basketball, Quidditch, flag football, racquetball, dodge ball, sand volleyball, tennis, broomball, floor hockey, soccer, disc golf, tennis, softball, Ultimate

Club sports

Aikido, badminton, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, ice hockey, karate, lacrosse, rugby, synchronized swimming, tae kwon do, Ultimate Frisbee, men's volleyball and water polo

Fine Arts Offerings

Majors in Art & Arts History, Cinema & Media Studies, English, Music, and Theater & Dance; 5 student a capella groups, Experimental Theater Board, Sketch comedy group, Stand-up comedy group, Numerous theater groups, Film society, Folk music society, Student photography cooperative, DVD Film-Making Festival

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