Carleton College is on a 955-acre campus in the small town setting of Northfield, Minnesota, not far from Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Carleton College has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Carleton College does not have fraternities or sororities.
Carleton College has the CANOE (Carleton Association of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts). In fact, more students participate in the 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.
The Carleton College community comes together each year for Halloween Concert and Masquerade Ball, Spring Concert and Mid-Winter Ball.
This table offers information on housing at Carleton College.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for senior|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||76%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||1,910|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||1,790|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||24%|
Carleton College offers housing for students. 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 2022, 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 2,044 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 1,790 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.
At Carleton College there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Carleton College:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Badminton||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Equestrian Sports||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ice Hockey||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Lacrosse||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Skiing (Downhill)||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Table Tennis||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Water Polo||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Skiing (Cross Country)||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
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).
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit 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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