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Class of 2024 Profile

The Class in Numbers

6,892 applicants, 459 enrolled
From 45 states and 20 countries (8% international)
38% Black, Indigenous, People of Color
14% are among the first generation of their families to attend college
69% graduated in the top 10% of their class
31 are National Merit Scholars and 13 are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Six Members of the Class of 2024

These 6 highlighted students provided a glimpse into the varied talents and interests the class of 2024 will bring to Carleton’s student body.

A picture of student Ewan Miller holding a cello

Burlington, VT: Burlington High School

Ewan aspires to join the field of pediatrics, and he has plenty of experience to build on. He spends his time outside school and many extracurricular activities babysitting, caring for his own sister, and connecting with her through their shared love of music (Ewan is an accomplished cellist!), volunteering with two youth-focused nonprofits. 

Frank Theodore Sheffield

Washington, D.C.: Sandy Spring Friends School

Frank has a keen passion for medicine and loves helping others, be it through assisting a doctor by diagnosing and suggesting treatment for a one-year-old girl in Nigeria using virtual reality technology or building houses through Habitat for Humanity. In addition to his leadership of his school’s Black Student Union, Frank plays basketball, competes with the robotics team, and writes for the school paper.

Valentina Paloma web

Bogotá, Colombia: United World College Japan

Fighting for justice helps Valentina find hope. She’s worked with local officials and leaders in Karuizawa, Japan, to implement same-gender marriage licenses and to modify anti-bullying legislation, organized a student peace conference in Hiroshima, and led peace-building workshops in Colombia.

A picture of a carleton student running

Grinnell, IA: Grinnell High School

It’s a good thing Mary runs — in fact she’s the captain of her cross country and soccer teams — as it surely serves her in making it from one thing to another! Mary is also the president of her school’s thespian troupe, and part of student council, concert band, and concert choir.


Portland, OR.: Cleveland High School

Owen started a book group in second grade that remains active. In collaboration with the group, he co-authored a book appropriately titled The Book Group Project: Starting a Parent-Child Book Group, which is currently in the process of being published. When he’s not reading, writing, or discussing books, Owen loves taking photos–he was a finalist for a photography context in The Oregonian!

a picture of a carleton student doing acrobatics

Lexington, KY: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

A talented cellist, Paloma is also the youngest member of her professional aerial dance company! In addition to performance, she conducts genetic research on fly spermatogenesis at the University of Kentucky and finds time to support her community by teaching cello, volunteering in a hospital, and more.

This is Carleton

A private, residential liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota

#1 Teaching Faculty

Our students learn from the best.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Carleton professors first in the nation for their commitment to undergraduate teaching.

With our small classes and exceptional professors, Carleton offers a rigorous, yet highly supportive academic environment.

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#9 Liberal Arts College

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At a Glance

2,069 Students

  • 50 states + 36 countries
  • 11% international
  • 51% female // 49% male
  • 31% people of color

70% study abroad

  • 95% of first-year students who entered in fall 2018 returned for their sophomore year
    in the fall of 2019

33 majors

  • 9:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 16: average class size
  • 3: 10-week terms

88% graduate within four years

  • 97% of 2019 graduates were employed, volunteering, or attending graduate or professional school within six months of graduation, of those reporting

Home Sweet Home

The 459 members of the Class of 2024 come from 45 states and 20 countries.

A map of the US showing where carleton student come from

Global Reach

Australia 1 Japan 2
Bermuda 1 Kazakhstan 1
China 20 Kenya 1
Colombia 1 Mongolia 1
Egypt 1 Nigeria 1
Germany 1 Pakistan 1
Iceland 1 Singapore  2
India 3 South Korea 1
Indonesia 1 Vietnam 1
Israel 1 Zimbabwe 1

Racial Diversity

38% Black, Indigenous, People of Color
17% report two or more races

Asian 18%
Black or African American 12%
Hispanic or Latino 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Fields of Study

Science & Math 52%

Social Science 24%

Arts & Humanities 24%

88% A large majority of students are interested in multiple academic divisions, like sciences and the arts.

Extracurricular Activities

The Class of 2024 stayed busy in high school.

Community service 85%
Internship/research 24%
Music 44%
Paid job 48%
Social activism 21%
STEM 38%
Theater 16%
Varsity athletics 61%

Test Scores

SAT Math 670-780 530–800
SAT Reading and Writing 660–750 490–800
ACT Composite 30–34 20–36

All About Aid

  • Carleton met the full financial need of all students in the Class of 2024
  • 284 students (62% of the class) are receiving more than $12.9 million in need-based Carleton grants
  • The average need-based grant is $45,696
  • The average need-based financial aid award is $55,159, including grants, scholarships, work study, and loans

Generous Support Makes it Possible

Once students subtract their grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment earnings, they’re left with yearly net cost—the amount their family is expected to contribute.

Every case is different, but here are examples of average net cost for members of the Class of 2024 who qualified for financial aid:

Family IncomeAverage Financial Aid AwardAverage Net Cost
Less than $40,000$70,369 $2,395

Carleton is committed to meeting 100 percent of each family’s demonstrated need for all four years. To get an approximation of how much financial aid your family might qualify for, use our financial aid estimator.

Two students pose for a photograph during commencement.  They are wearing traditional graduation caps and gowns.

Financial Snapshot


The 2020–21 comprehensive fee, including tuition, room and board, and an activity fee


We meet the full demonstrated need of every student. We don’t assume students will need to take out private loans or find outside scholarships.


We limit first-year students’ jobs to 8 hours per week so they have plenty of time for academics and extracurricular activities.


The average Carleton student’s debt at graduation is well below the national average ($33,500).

< 1%

The student loan default rate among Carleton alumni is nearly zero.