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About Carleton College

Carleton College is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Northfield, MN, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Founded in 1866, Carleton College enrolls 1,940 undergrads and no graduate students. The institution runs on a other academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $868,695,391. The school spends $32,108 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Carleton College

Acceptance rate: 21%

Mean ACT score: 32

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Carleton College is January 15

All regular decision applicants should hear back March 31.

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What's the acceptance rate at Carleton College in 2021?

Carleton College is a very difficult school to get accepted to. The acceptance rate at Carleton College is 21 percent. In 2021, Carleton College admitted 1,460 of the 6,892 people who applied.

The mean ACT scores is 32.

Is Carleton College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

About 94 percent of students who start at Carleton College come back the next year. Out of the 511 students who started at Carleton College as first-time freshman, 455 graduate within four years.

Carleton College's six-year graduation for undergrads is 483 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 62 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $42,000 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $20,025 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Carleton College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Carleton College a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Carleton College for Fall 2022 is January 31. All applicants should hear back from Carleton College by March 31.

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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


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Carleton College ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 to 34


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Carleton College is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Carleton College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Carleton College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

Carleton College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Carleton College is like? There are approximately 2,097 students enrolled at Carleton College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 16% percent are from MN and 84% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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