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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
From Carleton College

We approach learning with enthusiasm, energy, and a distinctly Carleton brand of playfulness. This is a collaborative place where students and professors work together to make sense of the messiness of life. With over 30 majors to choose from, you can explore your interests – and develop new ones.

Located in Northfield, Minnesota, we're just 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Often cited for its charm and livability, Northfield consistently ranks among the best college towns.

Carleton College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
21%
SAT Range
1360-1530
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,148/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$38,342/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.42 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.41 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,055Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
23
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
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  • Quirky
    53%
  • Quirky, Ambitious and Down to Earth
    37%
  • Competitive
    5%
  • Down to earth
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.53 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Fantastic
    29%
  • Quirky
    24%
  • Authentic
    18%
  • Excellent
    18%
  • Competitive
    12%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $54,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    94%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    79%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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    Carleton College Reviews

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    Carleton has wonderful faculty and their selling point would definitely be the academics. Carleton is also very generous with giving financial aid to students, which has helped me tremendously. Although it is secluded in a small town, I find this to be very good for my safety (honestly, you'll probably be too busy being on campus to even want to go to the cities). I think the dorms are above average for a lot of colleges in America. I've visited many, and Carleton's "worst dorm" (which I lived in) was very nice. Overall, great school! Can't wait to finish my degree.
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    It's a great liberal arts school where the faculty members really care about each and every student, and sees the potential in you. You can grow so much here academically and personally, great supportive community and intellectually stimulating. Very intense academic course but, you will be able to see the best in yourself!
    Absolutely amazing school. World class professors and an uncompetitive academic environment mean you engage with your classmates and focus on real learning. The town is small, so there aren't many bars, but there are always good parties happening on campus that everyone is welcome to attend. Some of the athletics teams are really good, like national competitors. Other teams aren't but students still go to the games to cheer on their friends and socialize with each other. Carleton is a very challenging place, but at the same time everyone is willing to help you.