Carleton College

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School Overview

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

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Carleton College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (507) 222-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057-4001
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,097
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 92%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,097 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $54,759
Out-of-state Tuition: $54,759
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 80%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $36,499

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Carleton College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 5
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 2
Social Sciences 7
Visual and Performing Arts 10
Grand total 59

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $54,759
Out-of-state $54,759
Books and supplies $853

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 416 80%
Grant or scholarship aid 302 58% $36,499
Student loan aid 216 41% $4,502

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,277 61% $36,313
Federal student loans 909 44% $5,150

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,092 3,391 3,701
Percent admitted 100% 19% 20%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 8% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Carleton College Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 2,097
Undergraduate enrollment 2,097
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Carleton College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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