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Colleges / Carleton College

Carleton College

Northfield, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate17%
Acceptance Rate17%

About Carleton College

Carleton is a top 10 liberal arts college where professors are consistently ranked the best in the nation for their commitment to undergraduate teaching. It’s a co-ed, residential college of about 2,000 students. Carleton is located in Northfield, Minnesota, just 40 minutes south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s often cited among the best college towns in the country.

Carleton is a collaborative community where students and professors work together. Carleton’s small classes and top-ranked professors create a rigorous yet highly supportive academic environment. It offers 33 majors and 38 minors, and 88% of students are interested in multiple academic fields. While Carleton students are curious and academically focused, they don’t take themselves too seriously and are always there to help each other out.

Outside of the classroom, Carleton students are active in over 200 student-led clubs. From Broomball in the winter to Frisbee on the Bald Spot to the Silent Dance Party in the Libe, Carls have fun regardless of the season. They also love to explore Carleton’s expansive arboretum, which boasts 15 miles of trails. About 70% of Carleton students study abroad, 69% participate in community or civic engagement, and 77% are engaged in research.

Carleton draws students from all 50 states and over 60 countries. From mentoring relationships with professors to numerous support offices and expert staff, Carleton equips students to express and explore their identities, interests, and post-college course. The college is also committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated family need and keeping loans to a manageable amount.

Carleton grads go on to success across sectors, whether they become astrophysicists photographing black holes, ecology researchers tracking bird migration, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writers, developers at Google, or Academy Award-winning film directors. You’ll find Carleton alumni serving in the Peace Corps, leading Fortune 500 companies, and pursuing grad school. It has a uniquely loyal alumni network, and grads are always willing to help other Carls.

Carleton College is a private, nonprofit college in the town of Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College was founded in 1866. The college currently enrolls around 2,034 students per year, including 2,056 undergraduate students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Carleton College

It is very difficult to get into Carleton College. Carleton College admitted 17% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 8,583 students applied to Carleton College and 1,427 were admitted.

Carleton College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 23%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 36%

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Carleton College is located in Northfield, Minnesota, near Minneapolis-St. Paul.

If you want to see Carleton College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 to Northfield, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Carleton College and Northfield are like without leaving home.

College Info

One North College Street Northfield, MN 55057-4001

Campus Setting: Small Town

Carleton College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 31

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Carleton College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Carleton College is Mar 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Carleton College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Carleton College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1540


Math SAT Range

720 - 780


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1540 and Above


1430 to 1540


1430 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Carleton College students is 1490. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Carleton College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1430 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1430 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Carleton College.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Carleton College is like? There are approximately 2,034 students enrolled at Carleton College, including 2,056 undergraduate students and -22 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from MN and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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