Carleton College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Carleton College Bell Tower
Carleton College Bell Tower. Roy Luck / Flickr

Carleton College is a highly selective school. Less than one-quarter of those who apply will be admitted. Successful applicants will almost always have grades and test scores that are well above average. Of course, the school looks at more than just grades and the SAT/ACT; students with extracurricular activities, work or volunteer experience, and strong writing skills are more likely to be accepted.

Students can apply using the school's application or the Common Application. Additional materials include high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Check out the school's website for more information, and to schedule a campus visit!

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Admissions Data (2016)

Carleton College Description

Located less than an hour from the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, the small town of Northfield, Minnesota is home to one of the best schools in the Midwest.

Features of Carleton's campus include beautiful Victorian buildings, a state-of-the-art recreation center and the 880-acre Cowling Arboretum. With about 2,000 students and over 200 faculty members, quality teaching truly gets top priority at Carleton College. Strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned Carleton a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and the college typical ranks as one of the nation's ten best liberal arts colleges.

On the athletic front, the school competes in the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,014
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,874
  • Books: $822
  • Room and Board: $13,197
  • Other Expenses: $1,597
  • Total Cost: $66,490

Carleton Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 78 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 59 percent
    • Loans: 45 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $35,833
    • Loans: $4,689

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming and Diving, Basketball, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Carleton and the Common Application

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