Location
Northfield, MN
Undergrads
2,037
Tuition
$44,445
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 624 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different pizza places to choose from including Domino's. There are also coffee shops that are great for doing homework early weekend mornings. There are a few chain restaurants such as Subway and McDonald's and Culver's nearby. A huge majority of the little shops in town offer student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally always feel pretty safe on campus, even though I am more cautious about walking alone late weekend nights. Security is always on duty, and usually comes pretty quickly when they are called on campus. They also take issues very serious no matter how awkward it may seem to you. There is also a student and health and counseling office on campus that is able to assist with minor health issues such cold and flu and sexual health as well.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most guys on campus are typically into partying and studying. As you will find anywhere, the selection of guys as well as girls at Carleton will differ in regards to looks, interests, personalities, and values. It is about what you are into.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: As a underclass-men I have not had the option of off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are always a ton of things to do while at Carleton!! From campus parties and dances and there is always the option of going off campus into town for a few drinks and eating or a trip to Mall of America in the twin cities is always a fun option, too!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Carleton is located in a small friendly town. There are many small little restaurants, and little shops, coffee shops, and even groceries stores all within walking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Carleton does not have a lot of diversity in regards to ethnic heritage. However, everyone is typically accepting of differences in regards to sexual orientation, political affiliation, and overall differences no matter what they may be. Carleton is definitely a place where you can feel comfortable being yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Carleton really isn't big on sports. Although, some students definitely attend some games.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are always a ton of vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options in the dining halls. There are only two dining halss on campus, and in my opinion, Burton is the better of the two. However, there are days when eating at the cafe located in the Sayles-Hill student center will be a much better option.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Carleton does not have any Greek life on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Carleton are rigorous yet very fulfilling!!! Before a major is declared the middle of sophomore, you are free to explore just about any class you desire. The registration process is usually very easy and smooth-sailing unless you have a poor registration number causing you to register last and hardly getting into any of the classes you wanted. In which case, you can definitely look forward to a better registration number and the classes you want the following term. The workload will definitely require great time management skills, but the list of courses offered are definitely unique and fun and totally worth all of the effort.

College Sophomore

Academics: I am only a rising sophomore, and I have not yet declared a major.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are many places to enjoy at Carleton as well as study spaces. There's a student center that we call Sayles-Hill where you will find many people hanging out nights and weekends, grabbing a snack, or studying.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In regards to the social life on campus, policies are very "fun-friendly". Generally, school officials including security do not go looking for contraband, unless an issue has arisen. Professors and deans are very approachable and understanding as well. While guidelines and rules are set in place in regards to academics, it is not hard to meet and exceed the standard

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.

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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

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3 College Sophomore

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

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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).

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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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