Carleton College

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Carleton College is a four-year private coeducational liberal arts college located in Northfield Minnesota. Carleton College has total annual enrollment of roughly 2000 students, and has nearly 200 faculty members. The 2012 publication of U.S. News and World Reports rankes Carleton College as the eighth top liberal arts college in America, and lists Carleton College as second in the nation for providing the best undergraduate education for any liberal arts college in the United States. Carleton College has earned a reputation for being one of the premier undergraduate colleges in the United States and is consistently listed among the top ten liberal arts schools in the United States.

Forbes Magazine’s ranking of universities in the United States combines American research universities and liberal arts colleges together. Forbes Magazine rankes Carleton College 31rst among the combined group of U.S. research universities and liberal arts colleges. A survey by Forbes Magazine ranks Carleton College seventeenth among liberal arts colleges.

On the Critical Reading and Math portion of the SAT, the middle 50 percent of freshman students enterning Carleton received an average of score of 1340-1520, and a combined score of 29-33 on the ACT. Over 80 percent of first year students at Carleton placed in the top 10 percent in their high school upon graduation.

Historically, Carleton enrolls more students who qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program than any other liberal arts college in the United States. Among the 531 students in Carleton’s Class of 2016 are 79 National Merit Scholars. The 79 National Merit Scholars consist of both National Merit Scholars that sponsored by Carleston as well as several that are not.

General Information

Admission Office
100 South College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4190
(800) 995-2275
Fax: (507) 222-4526
[email protected]
Contact: Paul Thiboutot
Dean of Admissions
Main Address
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4000
Total undergrads: 2,000
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 489
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,975

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 27%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 95%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Hebrew B
Latin B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B

History – General B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
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