Students walk in front of a campus building in the fall

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college of 2,044 students located in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota. Nationally recognized as the nation’s top college for undergraduate teaching, Carleton is known for its academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and sense of humor. Carleton offers 33 majors and 38 minors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.

Class of 2026 Highlights

Of the 535 students in the fall 2022 entering class:

  • 40% identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color
  • 21% report two or more races
  • 10% come from outside the United States
  • 16% are among the first generation of their families to attend college
  • 75% graduated in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 80% are involved in community service
  • 46 states are represented
  • 24 countries are represented

Carleton Alumni

  • Carleton ranks first among baccalaureate colleges in the number of alumni who have gone on to earn academic doctorates (since 2007).
  • Approximately 57% of all alumni go on to graduate school within 5 years of graduation, and 21% of alumni go directly to graduate school in the fall after graduation.
  • In 2021–22, the Alumni Annual Fund raised over $9.6 million for Carleton, which represents contributions from 9,496 donors, or 36% of alumni.

Carleton alumni go on to work in a variety of fields and industries. Here is a sampling of the most common employment for graduates since 1990:

  • 20% Business/Finance/Sales
  • 13% Education
  • 11% Healthcare
  • 9% Science/Lab Research
  • 8% Information Systems/Technology/Library
  • 7% Legal Professions
  • 5% Arts/Museums
  • 4% Communications/Media
  • 4% Social Service/Advocacy
  • 3% Environment/Agriculture
  • 2% Government/Public Service