Carleton College
1 North College Street
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
(507) 222-4190
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Founded in 1866 in the historic river town of Northfield, Minn., Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college. Small means the college has fewer than 2,000 students, who call themselves “Carls,” making for a close-knit and mostly residential campus. The school aims to develop critical thinking, problem solving, creative, and communication skills in students, according to its website. A fun fact is that in 2004, the school installed the first college-owned wind turbine in the country for clean energy.

Programs Offered

Carleton is committed to providing students with a liberal arts education through its 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Additionally, students can pursue studies in Arabic, Hebrew, Judaism, literary and cultural studies, and physical education. For those planning on entering a professional school, there are pre-law, pre-med, and pre-engineering advisors. Carleton also offers Minnesota teaching licensure preparation for grades 5 through 12, as well as certificates of advanced study in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and classical languages.


Carleton has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.


To apply, prospective students must submit the Common Application with an essay, the Carleton Supplement to the Common Application, a secondary school report with a high school counselor recommendation, transcript, two teacher recommendations, and SAT or ACT test scores. Applicants may also choose to optionally submit arts supplements in music, theater, dance, the visual arts, or film. When determining its selection, the admissions committee may also consider such non-academic qualities as school and community involvement.

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