Carleton College

Carleton College is a private liberal arts college located in the historic river town of Northfield, Minn., 40 miles south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Best known for its academic excellence and welcoming campus community, Carleton offers 32 majors and 16 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Carleton's student body is notoriously difficult to categorize, but one word to describe it might be curious. "Carls" are an intellectually insatiable group that approach learning with enthusiasm, energy, and a uniquely Carleton brand of playfulness. Broad-ranging interests are common, and friendships seem to cross all traditional boundaries. As students and alumni will tell you, there's just something different about Carleton. Maybe it's the size (about 2,000 students). Or maybe it's the round-the-clock proximity of so many creative minds (95 percent of students live on campus). Whatever the reason, Carleton is a place where students are likelier to cooperate than compete. The College supports more than 200 student organizations, and features numerous a capella vocal groups, comedy troupes, dance groups and drama groups. The College also sponsors 20 varsity sports, plus a vast club and intramural sports scene with nearly 90 percent of the student body participating at a wide spectrum of ability levels. Carleton's faculty members are highly respected scholars, researchers, and practitioners in their fields. But, above all, their first priority is teaching. A student-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 ensures that Carleton students have plenty of opportunity for interaction with their professors. Carleton students come from 50 states and 42 other countries. Multicultural students account for 26 percent of Carleton's 2,000 students. More than half of all students receive need-based financial aid and about 80 percent hold jobs on campus. Carleton ranks second among all baccalaureate-level colleges in the number of students awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowships for graduate study. The College has had 18 Rhodes Scholars, and 112 Fulbrights have been awarded to students and alumni since 2000. The Center for Community and Civic Engagement encourages students to combine traditional volunteer service with scholarly engagement in the community. Opportunities abound for internships, externships, summer research with faculty, and career exploration with alumni. More than 70 percent of the student population participates in off-campus studies. Carleton brings nationally and internationally distinguished guests to campus as visiting faculty and for weekly convocations, which are free and open to the public. Guests have included journalist and presidential adviser David Gergen; co-founder of Politico, Carleton alumnus and trustee John Harris; radio host and humorist Garrison Keillor; and Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang. Carleton features the 880-acre Cowling Arboretum (known as "the Arb") that provides a network of walking, running, and cross-country skiing trails along the Cannon River and east of the campus. The Arb was named among the top 10 places to run in the country by Runners World magazine. The Gould Library is one of the largest undergraduate libraries in the United States. In 2011, the Weitz Center opened as a working lab for creativity, where the arts intersect with all disciplines; a new music wing will be ready for use in fall 2017. Also in fall 2017, Carleton will break ground on a new integrated science complex. Two environmentally friendly LEED Gold certified residence halls were first occupied in 2008. An 80,000 square-foot Recreation Center opened in 2000, giving Carls a state-of-the-art athletics and recreation facility. Carleton graduates can be found in the forefront of nearly every professional field, and within ten years of graduating, over 80 percent of alumni go on to top graduate and professional schools across the country. Carleton celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2016-17.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1866 N/A Trimester $738.1 million + 1 N. College Street, Northfield, MN 55057 (507) 222-4000
overall score total score state city online paying global
90 100.0 Minnesota Northfield 63