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Location
Northfield, MN
Undergrads
2,037
Tuition
$44,445
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
226
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
37
Total FT Faculty
226
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$90,407
Full-Time Retention Rate
98%
Graduation Rate
94%
Programs/Majors Offered
54
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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