Northfield, MN
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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.

4 College Sophomore

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

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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.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Students on campus are very open to discussing their differences. The campus is becoming increasingly more diverse every year.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Carleton is in the middle of rural Minnesota, meaning that the surrounding pool of applicants aren't particularly diverse. However, Carleton does have a strong international student population and does a lot to engage minority applicants in the US. There are also constant conversations on-campus about treatment of minorities and doing everything to be an inclusive community. These conversations don't mean that Carleton is less accepting, just the opposite. These conversations about privilege show just how thoughtful Carls can be, something you don't get everywhere (particularly with east coast elite colleges, where privilege is even more pervasive).

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Lingerr Senghor
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A school that is 80 percent white cannot be considered diverse. To put things in perspective, Carleton doesn't have drawing power to attract minorities to the school. Located in rural Minnesota, it's not surrounded by any cultural diversity-unless you count pig and cow farms as separate diverse institutions. Carls are pretty non-judgmental, open-minded people. If you wear a gay pride pin around campus you'll never feel unwelcome. Similarly, you'll probably never hear derogatory racial remarks. Carls are aware of the lack of diversity, but students attempt to inject cultural awareness into their lives.

Carleton does an excellent job of setting up support groups for minorities, underprivileged students, and the gay and lesbian community. Critics claim that they're so involved that they created a social divide on campus. Those that have group outings and activities might stick to these groups, creating segregated cliques. While there may be cliques on campus, there's a comfortable lack of racial tension. There may be a small amount of minorities at Carleton, but as a minority you'll never be made to feel out of place or unwelcome. It's difficult enough keeping up with the Carleton workload to even think about making it harder on someone for being from a diverse background.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 47%
20-21: 47%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Carleton is a very tolerant community in general, and this doesn't change regarding gays and lesbians. On-campus groups include Out After Carleton, Coming Out Support Group, CIAO, and SAGA.
Political Activity
Carls love their politics. Recently, the Carleton Student Association decided not to renew the school's contract with Coca-Cola due to political concerns. The Carleton student body is very active during election month, encouraging students and Northfield residents to vote. There are several political groups on campus such as the Carleton Republicans and Carleton Democrats.
Economic Status
There are plenty of economic backgrounds represented at Carleton, but the majority of students are wealthy. Most students downplay their wealth and talking about affluence is fairly taboo.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Judaism, Druidism. Religious interest clubs include the Carleton Christian Fellowship, Jewish Students at Carleton, Zen Meditation Group, and the Reformed Druids of North America. Way back in the day, Carleton used to require students to attend a weekly religious event. Students rebelled and started the Reformed Druids of North America as a way to side-step the requirement. However, students have become frighteningly in touch with their Druid side. But don't be too scared when you hear rumors of sacrificial ceremonies in the Arb and see a Carl walking around campus in flowing robes, sandals, and a walking stick.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a large number on minority clubs on campus and they have a strong presence at the college. Clubs include American Native People's Organization, Coalition of Hmong Students, Men of Color, and Asian Students in America.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 14% Moderate
  • 48% Liberal
  • 38% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 66% Liberal
  • 34% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 29 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.



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