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4 College Junior

Majors: It was easy to get into my program once I showed I was a committed artist

4 College Junior

Majors: The art program is great though it isn't a huge major at this college.

College Junior

Majors: I haven't had an internship.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a very accepting liberal attitude, but the diversity isn't high since this is an expensive college.

4 College Junior

Academics: Being an art major is great -- they have good classes and teachers. The Weitz center could be closer to campus though.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are very good, particularly the arts ones.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The student hangouts are nice and they have events going on for students very frequently.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The area is very friendly to college kids and there are some nice events such as Jessie James Days.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The college is nice, the area is also scenic, but there isn't too much free transportation available.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses are quite good, especially the art courses. The art professors are excellent

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The BA from a liberal arts school doesn't go towards much, but graduating from Carleton with high grades in prestigious

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most are pretty friendly and try to stay well-kept

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security is pretty good -- sexual assault isn't very prevalent, though there is some theft.

College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life on campus

3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics are pretty good but not a focus of school life at academic Carleton

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Since everyone lives on campus, it fosters a sense of community through partying unlike many state schools with frats. Parties are always fast to get to, and people party hop all the time. You can walk into parties and not know people but still feel welcome. There is always plenty of alcohol and the RA's are so relaxed you don't have to worry about getting in trouble for drinking or partying.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The alcohol policy is incredible, and I didn't realize it before I got here. Basically, the official policy is that students under 21 can't drink alcohol because it's federally illegal. But students can only get in trouble for drinking if they're walking around with open containers, and even in that case an RA on duty will just ask them to throw it away. The RA's want students to be with other students and form friendships, and let you do whatever you want in your room. The RA's are also great about drunk students and will help students take care of their friends who have had too much, whereas at other schools students can get written up by RA's for being visibly drunk. The alcohol policy is extremely lax, and it creates a nice environment of tolerance and respect.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had to appeal for aid because I originally received very little, but Carleton was responsive and gave me more aid. I'm still not receiving a lot, but it has significantly helped.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls are pretty decent, and they try hard. All students have to be on the 15 or 20 meal plan pretty much all 4 years unless you live off campus, which is good for socializing but annoying if you want to cook your own meals. The different dining halls have their own personalities and loyal followers, especially regarding LDC or Burton pizza. There's always pasta, burgers, and a salad station. The other stations change, and they try and switch it up by offering different ethnic foods, but usually they're unsuccessful. Late night Sayles is great on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sayles offers decent sandwiches and other options during the day.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Most freshman live in Goodhue and Musser, which are the "worst" dorms, but create a strong freshman community that usually lasts throughout all of college, and the rooms are still much larger than any other college dorm room I've seen. The longest walk to class is probably from Goodhue to Weitz, but that can be done in 15 minutes if you walk quickly. Housing quickly gets more luxurious from year to year, and by junior year you can get a very nice room, or if you're lucky by sophomore year. Seniors usually live in suites in Memo (James) or Sevy, a single in Cassat, get a house off campus (although only 60 seniors get this), and the townhouses are also very nice if you have a good draw number. Interest houses are also a great option for people who have bad draw numbers, and are very nice and foster a great sense of community. The housing process is a little difficult, but I think they're changing it this year to try and make it easier for students.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Delicious but not too many ethnic options.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Great admin. Cares about student body.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Really fun and no peer pressure.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are some good restaurants but they can be pricey for a college kid

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some good restaurants like Basil's and Chapatis are nearby

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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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