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Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade B
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B+
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade A
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
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.

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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
19%
SAT Range
1360-1540
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$31,547 / 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
$39,778 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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. 43 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 42 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • All
    0%
  • None
    100%
  • Some
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,093 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
22
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
  • Quirky
    50%
  • Quirky, Ambitious and Down to Earth
    35%
  • Down to earth
    10%
  • Competitive
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 23 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
  • Fantastic
    33%
  • Quirky
    22%
  • Authentic
    17%
  • Excellent
    17%
  • Competitive
    11%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,200 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
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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