carleton collegeCarleton College is a leading liberal arts institution located in Northfield, Minnesota. The rural campus (about 40 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul) is situated on 955 acres, and it was established in 1866. The college is considered one of the top five liberal arts schools in the country, and recently landed in the first spot for best undergraduate teaching at a liberal arts college. With just over 2,100 students, the small campus is known for having a supportive rather than competitive feel among the students. Although incoming freshmen were the brightest minds at their high schools, Carleton students participate in collaborative academic interests instead of focusing on besting their classmates.

carleton campusCarleton currently offers 33 majors. The most popular areas of study include social sciences; physical sciences; computer and information sciences; biological/life sciences; mathematics and statistics; and psychology. Class sizes remain small, with a student to faculty ratio of nine to one. About 70 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. With more than 210 full-time faculty members, professors are able to spend more time with individual students and provide additional guidance in particular subjects. Because of the proximity to Minneapolis/St. Paul, students are also able to participate in off-campus studies. In fact, more than 70 percent take part in internships, summer research, or projects alongside alumni. Carleton College also encourages the sharing of ideas with their weekly convocations. These free lectures are available to the public, and the students benefit greatly from hearing the impressive guests speak.

carleton college buildingsAlthough Carleton College places a large significance on academics, the school has also created a fun on-campus atmosphere. All freshmen are required to live on campus, but 96 percent of all undergraduates decide to remain in some form of campus housing. There are more than 200 campus organizations. There are three theater boards that put on more than 10 productions every term, an improv group, seven a cappella groups, four choirs, and seven instrumental ensembles. Students can also take part in dance groups, a Mock Trial team, a debate team, or one of the seven student publications. Individuals can also take advantage of the Cowling Arboretum, or “The Arb,” which covers 880 acres. There are walking, running, and cross-country skiing trails east of the campus. Runner’s World magazine even named the Arb as one of the top 10 places to run in the country.

carleton classroomsWith an 80,000 square foot recreation center and working labs with state-of-the-art equipment, Carleton makes sure that it offers only the best for its students. The close-knit community and small population help to create a unique bonding experience for undergraduates. The dedicated faculty and extracurricular activities also serve to make Carleton one of the best places to receive a liberal arts education in the country.


Acceptance Rate

Carleton acceptance rate

Class Standing

carleton top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Carleton College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Carleton College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Decision I (Fall): Nov. 15

Early Decision II (Winter): Jan. 15

Regular Decision: Jan. 15

Transfer Admissions: Mar. 31

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 6,893
Enrolled: 525
Acceptance rate: 20.1%
Yield: 37.9%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 968
Admitted: 249
Acceptance rate: 25.7%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 664
Admitted off waitlist: 0
Waitlist acceptance rate: 0%

Waitlisted applicants: Don’t despair! The previous year, Carleton admitted 6.1% of its waitlisted applicants and we anticipate many will be admitted this year due to the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic.

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 234
Admitted transfer applicants: 19
Transfer acceptance rate: 8.1%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 70.8%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1380-1520
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-750
SAT Math: 690-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-34

Standardized Test Requirements

carleton college does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

carleton does not require the writing portion of the SAT or ACT Writing portion not required

amherst require the SAT subject tests for applicants who took the SAT1 SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Carleton College graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Carleton score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 88.2%
5 years: 90.9%
6 years: 91.8%

Loan default rate: 1.0%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 18

Salary after attending: $54,200

R&D Expenditures: $6.89 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 15
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 1
Burglaries: 0
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Carleton College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $74,499

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $77,449

Net Cost
Average: $31,547

By income
$0 to $30,000: $9,579
$30,001 to $48,000: $9,358
$48,001 to $75,000: $16,716
$75,001 to $110,000: $23,290
$110,001 and more: $43,700

Graduates with student debt: 39.6%

Average student debt at graduation: $19,405

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

carleton undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Carleton College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

Women: 50%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 69%
20 to 39: 31%
40 to 99: 0%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 2,119 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 16%
Out of State: 72%
International: 12%

Carleton College student population

Carleton College seal

Carleton College

This page was last updated in November 2020.