Location
Northfield, MN
Undergrads
2,037
Tuition
$44,445
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 611 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: pretty lenient on underage drinking. a little more strict on weed/drugs.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: very cold. expect snow in may.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: not a lot of options, but a few very cool restaurants. chappati's, hogan brothers, and the tavern are a couple favorites.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: wonderful. the workload is very tough, but extremely rewarding. the profs are fantastic.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I run cross country and track, and I love being on the teams.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: not much of a bar or club scene (only three bars in northfield) but there are a decent amount of parties on the weekends. the school is also very chill about underage drinking.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: the dorms vary greatly; there is a good mix of older and newer dorms.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: no merit based aid, but if you have financial need you should be fine

3 College Sophomore

Parking: there are a few different options, most people don't have cars on campus

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A good mix of international students, ethnically diverse, various economic backgrounds.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most "off campus" houses are in fact owned by the college, and are very close to campus. I only know of a handful of houses that are owned by a landlord (and I believe they are all owned by the same landlord).

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life on campus.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Over my first term, I have already met so many interesting people from very different backgrounds and ways of life.The people at Carleton are very accepting and unique and strange...so just like me. It's nice to have that paradox of diversity and sameness.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The officers are very nice and helpful. The campus is also very safe.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There may not be many things to do outside campus, but what there is is always fun and the people are very friendly.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people are all nice and unique. I wouldn't get the same academic or social environment anywhere else.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors in the French department are great and come from a variety places

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are all incredible and really care about you, and there's quite a variety of options.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus is small so campus transportation is unnecessary.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the options are close to campus, and in recent years more local options have been added, like a cupcake shop and bagel shop.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are always tons of options, especially for vegetarians and vegans.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are very inclusive and fun. Many town houses throw open parties. Sports teams and clubs are also very active in throwing parties. There are also a few bars within walking distance.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The college provides free transportation to various locations in Northfield. There is also easily accessible transportation to the twin cities.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Students mostly hang out in the main student center, or in the many lounges in the dorms. A lot of students also socialize in certain areas of the library.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: On a small campus like Carleton's professors really take the time to get to know their students. Every professor holds open office hours where students can come by to ask questions.

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Lingerr Senghor
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Given Carleton's high percent retention rate, it's pretty evident that Carls are satisfied with their school. Most people are surprised at how accepting other students at Carleton are and how easy it is to make friends, no matter who you are. As long as you're accepting and understanding, you'll get along just fine. The main reason why people usually end up choosing Carleton is its academics, but the main reason they stay is because of the people. Unlike at larger schools, you will not get lost at Carleton unless you make a conscious effort to do so. Sure, the academics are stressful, but the friendships and life experience you'll gain at Carleton is invaluable.

There's the old cliché that college is the best four years of anyone's life. What makes Carleton unique is that the four years you spend here may be the most challenging and stressful years of your life, but the result will make you a complete, well-rounded, and prepared individual who's ready to go out and face the real world. Granted, you'll remember most of your time at Carleton fondly, but you'll never be able to truthfully say that those four consecutive all-nighters you pulled junior year were part of the best time of your life. After graduation, you'll thank Carleton for giving you the experience of completely working your tail off because just about any job you get afterwards will feel like a walk in the park (on a warm day, of course).

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