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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Phenomenal. Professors are for the most part excellent, and very few are concerned about only doing their research. Most are friendly, although a few can be a bit hard to approach, the vast majority are kind and willing to help students in office hours. Curriculum is a bit limited given the amount of faculty, so course diversity in smaller departments is lacking. Registration is easy and you can almost always get your first-choice classes, depending on your interests. Workload is pretty high, but then again this depends on your major and how you balance your classes. Study abroad is crazy popular and most do it at least once in a country of their choice - the Cambridge program is excellent.

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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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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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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.

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4 College Junior

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


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 16 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 17 responses

  • 41% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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