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Class of 2023 Profile

The Class in Numbers

534 students selected from 7,324 applicants
From 45 states and 32 countries (11% international)
33% identify themselves as people of color
11% are among the first generation of their families to attend college
70% graduated in the top 10% of their class
36 are National Merit Scholars and 13 are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Ten Members of the Class of 2023

These 10 highlighted students provided a glimpse into the varied talents and interests the class of 2023 will bring to Carleton’s student body.

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Las Vegas: College of Southern Nevada H.S.

As a hospital volunteer and founder of his school’s first Red Cross Club and blood drive, Dominic won a medal of honor for spending more time on community service than anyone else at his school. He was president of the National Honor Society, and he is a QuestBridge Scholar and a National Hispanic honoree.

A young woman preparing food in a kitchen

Norman, Okla.: Norman High School

Sophia is a kitchen connoisseur. She makes tasty, healthy food for family and friends and develops recipes for her Food First blog. She also was a teen advocate at a local cancer center and is a runner; she founded a triathlon at her high school and ran 200 miles through the Rocky Mountains.

Young woman in a marching band uniform

Alabaster, Ala.: Thompson H.S.

A talented trumpet player, Lindsey was first chair in wind ensemble and concert band and helped conduct her school’s marching band her senior year. She served as vice president of the French National Honor Society and helped run her church’s summer camp. In her spare time, Lindsey is a voracious reader who hopes to one day be as awesome as Hermione Granger.

A young man holds an ornate fiddle

Montpelier, Vt.: Montpelier H.S.

After a study-abroad program in Mongolia, Anders took up horse head fiddle and learned Mongolian throat singing. He brought the same love for hands-on learning to a computer coding internship and his high school’s Scholars’ Bowl team.

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Alameda, Calif.: Alameda Science and Technology Institute

Utsha is a visual storyteller. She has illustrated children’s books on healthy eating, experimented with photography, and served as a graphic designer for her high school yearbook.

A young woman wearing a fencing uniform

Chapel Hill, N.C.: Chapel Hill H.S.

En garde! Fencing has taught Erin to be quick on her feet — both literally and figuratively. Knowing when to retreat and when to press on came in handy when she was negotiating with others as part of her town’s youth council and her school’s Model U.N. team.

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Jackson, Mich.: Jackson, H.S.

Paul was an MVP on stage and on the field. He was an award-winning first-chair tuba player in all-county band and a football team captain who contributed to a 9–1 season his senior year. Paul also competed regularly in academic tournaments and still found time to hold down a part-time job power washing houses.

A young man sings into a microphone

Lahore, Pakistan: Lahore Grammar School for Boys (Johar Town)

It’s no exaggeration to call Abdullah a Pakistani pop star. He was a finalist for “best emerging artist” in Pakistan’s Lux Style Awards last year. His artistic side extends to acting and graphic design, and he’s an academic superstar, too: his psychology research work led to
a publishing credit in a medical journal.

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Shoreline, Wash.: Garfield H.S.

As a Discovery Corps intern at the Pacific Sciences Center in Seattle, Hermela explained exhibits to guests and helped them interact safely with wildlife in the butterfly house and tide pool. During the school year, she worked as a student conservation associate and competed on her school’s wrestling team. She also interned at Microsoft and Amazon.

A young man performs in a circus

New York: Ethical Culture Fieldston School

For his summer job, Aaron delighted audiences across New England as a juggler, acrobat, trampoline artist, hoop diver, and Chinese pole performer with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. He composed music to accompany his acts, as well as for his high school orchestra and the Manhattan String Quartet.

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At a Glance

2,046 Students

  • 50 states + 42 countries
  • 11% international
  • 51% female // 49% male
  • 28% people of color

70% study abroad

  • 97% of first-year students who entered in fall 2017 returned for their sophomore year
    in the fall of 2018

33 majors

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

88% graduate within four years

  • 75% attend graduate or professional school within five years

Home Sweet Home

The 534 members of the Class of 2023 come from 45 states and 32 countries.

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Global Reach

Bahamas 1 Hungary 1 South Africa 1
Botswana 1
India 5 South Korea 1
Brazil 1 Malaysia 1 Sri Lanka 1
Burundi 1 Mauritius 1 Sweden 1
Cambodia 1 Nigeria 1 Thailand 1
Canada 3 Pakistan 1 Turkey 1
China 22 Peru 1 Ukraine 1
Dominican Republic 1 Poland 1 United Arab Emirates 1
Egypt 1 Singapore 2 United Kingdom 3
Germany 1 Slovakia 1 Vietnam 2
Hong Kong 1

11% international
8% U.S. dual citizen
55 languages spoken at home

Racial Diversity

33% people of color
18% report two or more races

Asian 16%
Hispanic or Latino 9%
Black or African American 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%

Ready to Explore

It’s a good thing members of the Class of 2023 don’t have to declare their majors upfront.

40% are undecided
50% are interested in multiple academic divisions, like sciences and the arts

Extracurricular Activities

The Class of 2023 stayed busy in high school.

Community service 84%
Varsity athletics 60%
Music 45%
Paid job 42%
Student government 25%
Internship/research 24%
Theater 18%
Speech/debate 17%

Test Scores

SAT Math 700–780 490–800
SAT Reading and Writing 680–750 530–800
ACT Composite 31–34 20–36

All About Aid

  • Carleton met the full financial need of all students in the Class of 2023
  • 295 students (55% of the class) are receiving more than $12.8 million in need-based Carleton grants
  • The average need-based grant is $43,688
  • The average need-based financial aid award is $52,249, including grants, scholarships, work study, and loans
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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 2023 who qualified for financial aid:

Family IncomeAverage Financial Aid AwardAverage Net Cost
Less than $40,000$70,936 $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.

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Financial Snapshot


The 2019–20 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 ($31,400).

< 1%

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