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Carleton College Student Life

Carleton College is on a 955-acre campus in a small town setting in Northfield, Minnesota, not far from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Carleton College has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Carleton College does not have fraternities or sororities.

Carleton College has a thriving CANOE (Carleton Association of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts). In fact, more students participate in CANOE (Carleton Association of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts) than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Carleton College include Farm Club, Ebony II, WHIMS (Women in Math and Science) and Amnesty International.

Carleton College students' favorite campus events are Halloween Concert and Masquerade Ball, Spring Concert and Mid-Winter Ball.

Does Carleton College offer student housing?

Carleton College offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through senior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of Carleton College students live on campus. In 2021, 76% of undergrads at Carleton College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 24% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Carleton College. There are 1,910 spots available in on-campus housing for all 1,940 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 1,79 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 96% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Carleton College offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Safety at Carleton College

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Carleton College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Carleton College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Carleton College offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, Carleton College has Emergency Notification Service (cell phone text and email alerts).

Plan a Visit to Carleton College

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Carleton College, take Interstate 35 to Northfield, MN. If you need to fly, book your flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Minnesota you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Carleton College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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