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Carleton College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Carleton College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

Considering Applying Early to Carleton College?

Carleton College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Carleton College is 27%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 21%. Last year,, Carleton College admitted 232 of the 875 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Carleton College?

Carleton College is avery difficult school to get into. Carleton College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Carleton College **accepted 21% of students, around 1,460 of the 6,892 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Carleton College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Carleton College waitlisted 1,325 students. Of those, 603 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Carleton College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Carleton College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Carleton College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Carleton College must submit the following items. Double check with Carleton College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Other Requirements Common Application Supplement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Carleton College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Carleton College 70% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 93% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Carleton College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 34%

Carleton College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 52% of Carleton College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 59% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Carleton College?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Carleton College students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Carleton College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Carleton College?

To be most competitive at Carleton College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Carleton College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Carleton College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Carleton College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Carleton College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 31. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Carleton College during the following terms: Fall Term

Carleton College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Carleton College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Carleton College.

Does Carleton College accept transfer credits?

Carleton College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Carleton College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Carleton College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Carleton College?

No, Carleton College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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Carleton College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

21%

How hard is it to get into Carleton College? Carleton College is a very selective institution. The Carleton College acceptance rate is 21%. This means that the institution accepts 21 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

31 to 34

Avg

31 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Carleton College is 32. 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

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

680 - 780

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Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

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Carleton College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,940

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

21%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$60,225

Out-of-State

$60,225

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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