A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  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
    A
Carleton College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

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

Acceptance Rate
23%
SAT Scores Range
1320-1510
ACT Scores Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Carleton College

Cost

Net Price
$32,017/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,760/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,195/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,072/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,941/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,963/ year

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
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,044Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    67%
  • Quirky, Ambitious and Down to Earth
    20%
  • Competitive
    7%
  • Down to earth
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.49 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Fantastic
    38%
  • Excellent
    23%
  • Competitive
    15%
  • Quirky
    15%
  • Authentic
    8%

After Carleton College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
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 is a quaint little school in rural Minnesota, which for some is appealing and others not so much. I unfortunately fell into the latter group. Don't get me wrong: Carleton, from my experience as a visiting admitted student, possesses fantastic professors, student resources, and passionate students. However, there's not much to do outside of Carleton and in the surrounding areas of Northfield (a town of about 20,000 around 45 miles from Minneapolis). The area is more of a vacation town for those looking for some peace and quiet, not so much for those looking to be close to economically and culturally vibrant cities. As someone from the Seattle suburbs, a large, beautiful city and the mountains were never far. This ended up being the deciding factor for declining admission: I couldn't live so far from urban life and the majesty of mountains I know so well.
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The school has an incredibly open community; cliques are fluid and almost anyone is welcome and can feel comfortable sitting with any group. Dining hall food is great, although there are few good restaurants in the area. Classes are fantastic and the trimester system works very well for people who live far away (winter break extends from before thanksgiving to after new years). In addition, the trimester system allows students to fit three academic terms into one year while focusing more intensely on less during those terms, all the while still leaving room for a long winter break.
The biggest downside for me is that students seem less individual and more self-effacing than some other similar liberal arts colleges.
Courses can be a bit limited in variety in smaller departments, but the interactions you have with profs makes up for it. Classes a mostly discussion-based, although some intro classes lean on the side of interactive lecture rather than just pure discussion. Class sizes for non-science majors are fantastic and average around 10-25, depending on the prof's popularity. Science class sizes tend to be on the larger side, by Carleton standards, at around 40-60 or more for intro classes. The best departments by far are political science, biology, chemistry, geology, religion, psychology, math, and English, while the weakest are sociology/anthropology, linguistics, physics, statistics, and economics.