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4 College Junior

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

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many places to enjoy at Carleton as well as study spaces. There's a student center that we call Sayles-Hill where you will find many people hanging out nights and weekends, grabbing a snack, or studying.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Students mostly hang out in the main student center, or in the many lounges in the dorms. A lot of students also socialize in certain areas of the library.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: On a small campus like Carleton's professors really take the time to get to know their students. Every professor holds open office hours where students can come by to ask questions.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are so many group you can join on campus! As of now Carleton has 7 acapella groups, a number of IM, club, and varsity sports depending on the desired level of competition, multiple comedy groups, music ensembles, theater groups, etc.

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Far a small campus, Carleton has plenty of unique facilities to go around. The Rec Center is tremendous. You can play all the free pool and ping pong you want in the Great Space, and you can go swimming at the pool in West Gym. The only thing you will have to pay for here is laundry, food, copies, school supplies, and textbooks. There are free movies, sporting events, concerts, and numerous other activities. The Cave is a cool place to go for a Friday night concert, and you can often chill with the band that’s playing after their set. The Cave is a small venue, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere.

Carleton makes sure to keep all of its services up to date and modern. Computers in the public labs are recycled for faster models every couple of years. The library is constantly searching for ways to expand its database and collection. The maintenance staff is dedicated to their jobs, and they’ve been featured in the Star Tribune for taking money out of their own paychecks to create a scholarship fund. Science labs are never lacking, and all classrooms have access to overhead computer projectors and television sets. As far as facilities go, Carleton puts your $42,000 tuition to good use.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,040 acres
Student Centers
Sayles-Hill Great Space
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Laurence McKinley Gould Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Cave
  • Dacie Moses House
  • The Great Space
  • The Library
Bar on Campus
The Cave located in the basement of Evans Hall
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • The Cave
  • The Snack Bar
Movie Theater on Campus
Free movies are provided by the Carleton Film Society and SUMO.
School Slang
  • Baldspot: Carleton's central lawn. Watch for flying Frisbees.
  • The Carl: Carleton's alternative newspaper.
  • Caucus: Student Web site with dirt about professors, beer, sex, and activities.
  • CBL: Carleton Beirut League. Plays every Wednesday night.
  • The Chiefs: Carleton's club hockey team.
  • The CLAP: Carleton's other alternative newspaper.
  • Comps: Senior Final Comprehensive Exams/Papers.
  • Dacie Moses: House devoted to cookie baking.
  • DVD Fest: Film festival, sponsored by Apple Computers, showcasing films made by dorm floors and student houses.
  • East: East Dining Hall.
  • Ebony: Student dance troupe that puts on a show every term. Known for sexy dancing.
  • Hill of Three Oaks: The place to party in the spring.
  • Huck: A long Frisbee throw.
  • The Hue: Goodhue Hall.
  • KRLX: The student-run radio station.
  • Laissez-Faire: Annual Capitalist party. Pay to see people eat dog food and make out with each other.
  • The Libe: The library.
  • Marriott: Carleton's food supplier.
  • Minnesota Nice: The extreme and aggravating kindness found in all Minnesotans.
  • NNB: Carleton's daily bulletin about events and announcements.
  • Oles: St. Olaf students. Usually blond, Norwegian, and not smart.
  • Prospies: Prospective high school students looking at Carleton.
  • Rotblatt: America's longest kegger/softball game.
  • The Rueb: The Rueb `N' Stein.
  • S/Cr/Nc: "Scrunch." Carleton students can select up to five classes to take Satisfactory/Credit/No credit instead of taking letter grades. Perfect for Organic Chemistry.
  • Schiller: The bust of the German philosopher brought out at large events by his secret masked guardians.
  • The Shocker: Look at hand, place ring finger under thumb.
  • Snacky/Snack Shack: The Snack Bar.
  • Townies: Northfield residents.
  • Traying: Sledding down snow-covered hills on dining hall trays.
  • Wednesday Knights: Official mascot for the CBL.
  • Writing Requirement: On top of the huge workload, Carleton also makes you turn in a writing portfolio at the end of sophomore year. Otherwise known as the "hated writing portfolio."
  • Yellow Bikes: On-their-last-legs bikes painted yellow that serve as communal campus transportation.
  • Halloween Concert: Every Halloween, the Carleton orchestra puts on a concert in the Chapel. The entire orchestra and conductor dress up in costumes, and after the concert there's a costume contest for the audience. The president makes a "surprise" visit, dressed in an elaborate, carefully-crafted costume, and proceeds to perform as a guest conductor or tell scary stories. Schiller usually makes an appearance.
  • Mai Fete: Every Wednesday night during Spring Term, there is a party thrown by the seniors on Mai Fete Island on Lyman Lakes. These parties can be fun because there's a bonfire and free beer, but seniors tend to get on power trips and try to boss people around on the island.
  • Midnight Breakfast: The night before exams start, professors and deans serve a midnight breakfast to over-stressed students. They do this to try and give students a study break, but the poor quality of the food, namely eating bad sausage links, leads to more harm than good. It's not fun to have to leave an exam ten minutes in because of-ahem-stomach problems.
  • Mid-Winter Ball: Really the only significant social event in the winter, Mid-Winter Ball gives Carls an excuse to wear fancy clothes and try to ballroom dance.
  • Rotblatt: Carleton's famous all-day softball game/kegger, which is curiously named for `70s Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Marvin Rotblatt. This event occurs during the second half of Spring Term, with an additional inning added onto the game for every year Carleton has been in existence. At daybreak, the president of the college throws out the first pitch, the Carleton Knightengales sing the national anthem, the kegs are tapped, and Carls spend a day of fun in the sun hitting-or attempting to hit-softballs with a bat in one hand and a beer in the other.
  • Schiller: The bust of Friedrich von Schiller is one of the most recognizable symbols of Carleton tradition. Schiller's bust is held by a mysterious group of Carleton students who bring him out at big campus events. During the events, such as a concert or convocation, the lights completely go out, and a spotlight focuses on a masked Carl holding the bust high over his or her head as they yell, "Schiller!" Chaos ensues. The masked guardian runs off to a waiting vehicle, boat, or helicopter manned by other guardians as students attempt to run down the coveted bust and commandeer it. The bust passes down from Carl to Carl, either through a network of friends or from outright abduction. Trying to capture the bust can be a very violent procedure as Schiller's guardians will protect the bust by any means necessary. It's every Carl's goal to have Schiller at some point in their college career, but it's only the rare few that actually have the dream realized.
  • Screw Your Roommate: During fall term, roommates get a chance to set each other up on blind dates. This event is usually reserved for freshmen that finally decide to take the plunge and talk to the opposite sex. Screw Your Roommate dates can be extremely awkward, but they can also be a blast. This is the most dreaded event of the year for a lot of Carls, but for a select few it's the most anticipated.
  • Spring Concert: Known as "Arb Fest" to non-Carls, Spring Concert occurs during the waning weeks of Spring Term. Held outside by the Hill of Three Oaks, Carleton brings in a number of bands for an all-day outdoor music festival. Bands include a Carleton student band, a few local musicians, one lower-tier nationally recognized group, and one upper-tier nationally recognized group. Spring Concert is always blessed by warm weather and sunshine (knock on wood), and makes for one of the most anticipated events in the Carleton year.
Urban Legends
  • Girls take off their shirts when "Like a Prayer" comes on
  • Playboy ranked Carleton the ugliest school in America
  • That the administration will someday open up Carleton's network of underground tunnels for pedestrian use
  • The Chiefs (Carleton's club hockey team) inspired the movie Slap Shot
Favorite Things To Do
Baking cookies at Dacie Moses House is a long-standing Carleton tradition. In her will, Dacie Moses gave her house to Carleton with the stipulation that those that lived in it must keep it open 24 hours a day to whomever wanted to come and bake cookies. Beside baking, Carls love to do a number of other activities, such as see up-and-coming bands at the Cave, host their own radio show on the campus radio station, and play Frisbee on the Bald Spot. Besides homework and going to class? Watching free movies four nights a week in Olin 149, free pool in upper Great Space, seeing bands perform at The Cave, free gourmet dinners at Culinary House, baking cookies at Dacie Moses House, working out at the Rec Center, or grabbing a late snack at the Snack Bar.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 32 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 30 responses

  • 47% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 47% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 3% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 28 responses

  • 43% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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