Students walk in front of a campus building in the fall

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college of 2,000 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 37 minors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.

Class of 2024 Highlights

Of the 459 students in the fall 2020 entering class:

  • 38% identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color
  • 8% come from outside the United States
  • 14% are among the first generation of their families to attend college
  • 17% are eligible for Federal Pell Grants
  • 69% graduated in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 31 are National Merit Scholars
  • 13 are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars
  • 55 languages are spoken

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 18% of alumni go directly to graduate school in the fall after graduation.
  • In 2019-20, the Alumni Annual Fund raised $8.53 million for Carleton, which represents contributions from 9,835 donors, or 37%, of alumni.

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

  • 27% Business/Finance/Sales
  • 16% Education
  • 16% Science/Lab Research
  • 12% Information Systems/Technology/Library
  • 9% Health Care/Medical
  • 4% Peace Corps/AmeriCorps/Teach for America
  • 2% Social Service/Advocacy