Carleton College

Carleton College

Carleton College is an independent, non-sectarian, liberal arts, and co-educational college located in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. U.S. News and World Report rankings (2008) ranked Carleton College as the 8th 'liberal arts college' in the nation. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. Carleton College's campus is spread across an area of 10 acres.

Carleton College has an active student life. The athletics department sponsors more than 15 varsity teams, over 20 club teams, and several other intramural teams. They participate in NCAA (North Coast Athletic Conference) Division III. The sports teams are nicknamed as the Knights. Some of the notable alumni of Carleton College include Thorstein Veblen, economist and author of The Theory of the Leisure Class; Anthony Downs, author of An Economic Theory of Democracy; and Garrick Utley, former host of Meet the Press.

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Contacting Carleton

Carleton College
One North College Street
Northfield , MN 55057-4001
General Phone: (507) 222-4000

Carleton Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts227American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, area studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, comparative language, Chinese language, Japanese language, ...
Science116biology, biomathematics, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling39cognitive science, psychology
Fine Arts21fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering13computer science
Music7music, musicology
Photography and Commercial Art4film studies, film and photography
Drama and Performing Arts3dance, dance courses, drama

Number of programs and degrees for Carleton in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree46144

Carleton Student Body

In 2007-2008, Carleton had a total enrollment of 1,994 students (1,959 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 10%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 45%
20-21 47%
22-24 6%
25-29 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)9%
New York5%
New Jersey3%
Rhode Island1%
New Mexico1%
North Dakota1%

Carleton Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

Carleton Room and Board (2007)

Carleton offers campus housing for 1,666 of its 1,959 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Northfield, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Carleton Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660750
SAT Math650740
SAT Writing650750
ACT Composite2933

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT77%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT58%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Carleton Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,046
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,046
Room and board $ 9,993
Room charge $ 5,223
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,770
Books and supplies $ 630
Other expenses $ 1,331

Financial Aid:
Carleton participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 234000)

Carleton Faculty

Carleton has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year60$115,62537$121,994
Associate professoracademic year26$81,60220$80,095
Assistant professoracademic year29$68,43229$68,912
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year1*8$61,527
No academic rankacademic year2*3$51,333
All faculty totalacademic year118$95,35898$89,910

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Carleton Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Midwest Conference
Basketball Midwest Conference
Baseball Midwest Conference
Track Midwest Conference

Carleton Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Dance, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Linguistic/Comparative/Related Language Studies & Services, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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