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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    B+
  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
23%
SAT Range
1320-1540
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,587/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,207/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,473/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,682/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,396/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,398/ year
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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
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.41 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,087Undergrads
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 18 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    56%
  • Quirky, Ambitious and Down to Earth
    33%
  • Competitive
    6%
  • Down to earth
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.52 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Fantastic
    31%
  • Authentic
    19%
  • Excellent
    19%
  • Quirky
    19%
  • Competitive
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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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.
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Carleton is a great liberal arts school with professors that care about the students as well as students that care about the students. It is a nice school if you want to go on a school outside of the city, but if you are a city person, then Carleton would not be the best place to be. Finally, the academics is very good!
Love everything about Carleton! The surrounding area is very safe because it's right next to a small town, and the professors are so knowledgeable in what they teach. Plus, they're available whenever you need them.