Northfield, MN
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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

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.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many great professors at Carleton. They are dedicated to working with students, and they take office hours seriously. They will help if you ask for help, whether it is trying to decide on a paper topic or clarify an essay question, or finding an internship or off campus study program.

Not everyone is a good lecturer, so a course can be boring if the students are not active participants. Many if not most participate a lot, do all the reading and more, and are generally enthusiastic.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: In the Polysci major there are a lot of students, which may mean that it is harder to get attention unless you have a specialized interest and a professor or advisor/mentor who specializes in that field. Latin American Studies is one such concentration within either Polysci or History, and it is easier to get professors' attention in this area.

The workload is heavy for many Polysci and Latin Amer Studies classes. Tremendous amount of reading.

The Career Center posts lots of opportunities for internships and sometimes paying jobs for majors in Polysci and Government, and there are often positions available for students who speak Spanish.

3 people found this useful Report

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  • 27th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 44th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 48th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 59th
    Smartest Professors
  • 137th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

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Lingerr Senghor
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The professors here get to know their students. They know their stuff, and they're passionate about their work. This can lead to impossible homework assignments and endless amounts of papers, but there's a reason for all of it. The professors never cease to challenge or lower their expectations for any of their students. Classes are rarely all lectures; they usually revolve around group discussion.

Carleton is a liberal arts college, so there are a lot of requirements in each field. Students must have a core of three math and science, two arts and literature, two humanities, three social sciences, and four physical education classes, as well as fulfilling the language requirement, completing a writing portfolio, and finishing your major with a comprehensive exam/paper senior year. This schedule gives students a balanced schedule. Parents often scratch their heads wondering why their pre-med daughter is learning about Miles Davis. But trust me: Carleton is not a walk in the park. Does baseball statistics sound easy to you? Answer that after your first four-hour assignment using a complicated program to prove why Jack Morris belongs in the Hall of Fame. Needless to say, you'll be challenged at Carleton, but you'll also have fun-even if you average more than one all-nighter a week.

Facts & Statistics

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Full-Time Retention Rate
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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 66%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 34%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The Bald Spot when it's warm
  • Goodbye Blue Monday's
  • Library
  • Your room
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for help-people are more than happy to help you
  • Ask Russ for help in the CMC
  • Be sociable with your floor
  • Befriend smart people on the first day of class
  • Do extracurriculars-they relieve stress
  • Get distribution credits out of the way as early as possible
  • Go abroad-it's a great break from Carleton
  • Go out at least once a week-once again, relieves stress
  • Participate in class
  • Take deep breaths
  • Talk with professors
  • Work in groups
Did You Know?
  • Carleton runs a trimester system instead of the traditional semester system. The advantages are that terms are only ten weeks long and students are expected to take no more than three classes a term. There is a ten-week break between Fall and Winter Term, giving a nice respite from Minnesota winters, and a two-week break between Winter and Spring Term. The downside is professors try to cram a semester's worth of work into their classes and Spring Term does not let out until June.
  • Carleton offers concentrations instead of minors. They run from Educational Studies to Media Studies to Archaeology.
  • Sixty-six percent of Carls study abroad. The college has off-campus programs in London, Paris, Italy, and New Zealand, to name a few. Students can also directly enroll in foreign universities and receive Carleton credit.
  • Carleton is often referred to as the Harvard of the Midwest.
  • Every Friday, Carleton holds Convocation in the Chapel and brings in prestigious guest speakers. In the past couple of years, Convocations have hosted Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's, Fay Vincent, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Terry Gross, just to name a few.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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