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Reviews 429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a couple of chill bars/pubs in town, but nightlife only really exists in the cities. Town is within 5 minute walking distance. Minneapolis is a little bit more complicated. The Cave and Froggies are pretty great for dancing, others are good for a chill beer with friends.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Wedns-Sat theres always something happening, you just have to find out what. There tend to be campus inclusive events almost every week, but other than that house parties, dorm parties and progressives tend to be pretty inclusive other than the 'low key hangouts' and 'sport/major' only progressives. Nothing hugely party-hard or intense, but everything is really fun in a more relaxed way.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Its pretty great. Helpful, challenging, varied and engaging. More focused on developing you and your capabilities rather than making you memorize or recite.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: People are accepting but diversity is pretty limited. 10% international students means, what? 50 kids a year right. It's Minnesota so white is to be expected, but pretty much everyone here is from the 'burbs.' Ethnic diversity is kind of sad but understandable.There are a lot of different political beliefs, but they aren't explicit. Everyone here is accepted no matter who they are or where they come from, theres pretty much a group on campus for everything, but that doesn't stop diversity from being not great.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Only deal from people you trust, do that and you'll be okay (and wont get ripped off). But don't trust people you think may be chemically experimenting. Will mess you uuuuuuuuuuuup

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its in a small town which is relatively safe. People tend to leave their doors unlocked and can walk around campus alone just fine. The only problems are stolen bikes and the sexual misconduct policy. The former can be solved with a bike lock. The later is being worked on by everyone. Police and Campus Security are super helpful and understanding.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends on what you come in expecting, especially as a freshman. The space just enough but not enough to be spacious. Room size varies massivey, but you start from the bottom as a freshman and eventualy become more grateful for the space as you grow. Small dorms like in Musser make up for it with great floor life and location, while Goodhue has good life, bad location but pretty big rooms. Myers is kinda creepy but has good floor life. Watson, Nourse and Cassat, are all pretty far from things, have huge rooms and not great floor life. Burton is the penultimate for big rooms and good location but has awful floor life. Things aren't ever really that bad, but they only get better.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you're coming to Carleton, unless its for frisbee, it probably isn't for the sports. Varsity athletics isn't really a noticeable part of campus life unless you partake in them in which case they provide a lot of good structure. People don't realy pay attention to varsity here but they appreciate it. Club sports are considered pretty similarly to Varsity, while Varsity tends to be more insular simply because of the amount of time teams spend together, Club sports are close because they regularly throw socials, or want to be close. Nobody really takes sports here that seriously except for secret die-hards, but IM sports are frequently joined for fun. Sports health facilities prioritize varsity and are disorganized but manageable.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The overall experience is whatever you make it, thats the thick of it. But Carleton no doubt gives you the opportunity to embrace your college experiences, with its resources, environment and underying desire to help you achieve whatever you want to achieve. What I can really appreciate at Carleton is how everyone is tied by a yearning to be passionate about something, and that really shows in the chill, "no pressure unless you want pressure" atmosphere it exudes.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing varies at Carleton College from the awful Musser which is very cold in the winter and students get sick from the leaky windows to the beautiful Burton which is a lovely dorm.

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1 College Senior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life on campus at Carleton College, which is absolutely fine by me.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: We have some very serious athletes at Carleton College and the Division III sports program is growing. Football is probably not our best sport, however.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The Studio Art program at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, is outstanding! The professors are all top educators and artists who enjoy teaching undergraduates and spend time with the small group of art students. The new Weitz Center for Creativity has a great deal to offer. Carleton College is a hidden gem of undergraduate arts programs!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors, tough but insightful curriculum, registration process is useful and makes sense, workload is very heavy.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, although my bike was stolen for a few days (and then returned!). Perhaps I should say borrowed, not stolen.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had thoughtful professors who really care about me and the rest of the students. One professor who was unorganized, but still tried very hard and was incredibly passionate.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't have much experience with this yet, but I think it will go okay.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Aside from the price, I have had incredible experiences with campus housing, which I hear from people at other schools is rate.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: People are really into intramural sports, especially ultimate frisbee.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Carleton. I have met amazing people and been intellectually stimulated. Also become involved in extra curricular activities and grown as a person.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and generally campus security is there in case of an emergency.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors genuinely care about students and are devoted to their time in the classroom. Profs are passionate about their field of study and do a wonderful job of transferring their knowledge and wisdom to the student body in an effective (yet intense) way.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Prior to attendance, most students assume Carleton grads lack in job prospects due to its relative anonymity among fellow high school students and peers. However, this is not the case once one advances to the working world. Carleton is nationally known as one of the top liberal arts schools in the country.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Have thoroughly enjoyed my first term, have not had any problems with campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports aren't too big on campus, but facilities are sufficient for use.

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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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