Consult with Carleton College's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.
Students who submit their applications to Carleton College for the fall semester should hear back from Carleton College by March 31.
The following is an overiew of some of Carleton College's admissions stats.
|Carleton College 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||69%|
|Mean SAT Score||1480|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||35%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||34%|
These are the application deadlines for Carleton College.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 15||December 15|
|Early Decision II||Yes||January 15||February 15|
|Regular Decision||Yes||January 31||March 31|
Carleton College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.
🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.
The early decision acceptance rate at Carleton College is 22%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 18%. In 2022, Carleton College admitted 235 of the 1061 students who applied early decision.
Some students apply early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.
➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.
Carleton College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding 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 assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.
Curious about the factors that are considered by Carleton College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Extracurricular Activities||Very Important|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with Carleton College for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Carleton College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Carleton College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Other Requirements||√||Common Application Supplement|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Carleton College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.
Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At Carleton College 69% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 93% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.
At Carleton College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Carleton College directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Carleton College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Carleton College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 35% of Carleton College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Carleton College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1440 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Carleton College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1440, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Carleton College student is 1480.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Carleton College students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Carleton College students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.
To be most competitive at Carleton College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 35 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Carleton College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 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.
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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
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) credits and 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 you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is Carleton College's acceptance rate?
✅ Carleton College's acceptance rate is 18%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Carleton College?
✅ Carleton College's early decision acceptance rate was 22% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into Carleton College? Carleton College is a very selective institution. The Carleton College acceptance rate is 18%. This means that the institution accepts 17 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
35 and Above
31 to 35
31 and Less
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Carleton College is 32. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Carleton College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 35 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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1530 and Above
1440 to 1530
1440 and Less
The median SAT score for Carleton College students is 1480. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Carleton College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1440 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1440 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Carleton College.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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