Application Status, Decision Notification, and Enrollment
After you’ve applied, you’ll be given access to an applicant status page to track your documents. This is where we’ll post your admissions decision, too, though we’ll also send a decision by mail. Admitted students who live outside of the US will receive decisions via courier service (FedEx, DHL, etc.). Admitted students can confirm their enrollment through the applicant status page, or by mailing the enrollment agreement and a check.
The $300 enrollment deposit consists of two parts: $250 is used to confirm your enrollment and is returned to you upon graduation, and $50 is a lifetime transcript fee. The enrollment deposit is not applied toward your fall term balance.
Applying for Financial Aid
Generally speaking, we require the FAFSA and CSS Profile. See our Financial Aid Information for Prospective Students for more information.
Applications may be submitted late, but priority will be given to those applying on or before the deadline. Students who submit late applications must recognize they are applying on a space-if-available basis. In some years, the College is able to offer admission to late applicants. In other years, the first-year student class may be filled and students to whom we would like to offer admission must be placed on a waiting list to see if vacancies occur in late spring or early summer.
Students may be admitted to Carleton without completion of a fourth year of secondary school. It is expected that such candidates will present unusually strong academic credentials, display a high degree of maturity, and have the enthusiastic support of their secondary schools.
Accepted students who wish to defer college for a year (take a gap year) following completion of secondary school can request to be considered for this opportunity by submitting the Gap Year Request Form. We ask that you submit your request by May 1. The Dean of Admissions may choose to review late requests on a case-by-case basis. Students granted gap year deferment may neither apply to nor enroll at another degree-granting college/university program.