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Class of 2022 Profile

The Class in Numbers

532 students selected from 7095 applicants
From 48 states and 24 countries (12% international)
30% identify themselves as people of color
13% are among the first generation of their families to attend college
77% graduated in the top 10% of their class
30 are National Merit Scholars and are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Notable Achievements

Intellectual Curiosity

  • A researcher who backpacked into remote terrain to collect DNA and camera data on grizzlies, wolverines, and wolves for the Washington Conservation Science Institute
  • The coauthor of a paper published in 2017 by Hanoi University of Science and Technology on the application of LED-UV toward a low-cost water sterilizing system
  • An entomology laboratory assistant at the University of California–Berkeley who uses what she has learned about the physical and behavioral traits of insects as a volunteer for a natural history museum
  • A scientist who cowrote a medical article in the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health based on her work to develop a prediction model to detect and prevent cancers 

Performance and Arts

  • The youngest professional guitarist (according to the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records), who has performed with Ozzy Osbourne, Les Paul, and Jeff Beck 
  • A hula dance competitor
  • The founder of a songwriting club
  • A comedian who formed a Japanese stand-up duo with a friend and qualified for the semifinals in a national competition in Japan
  • The president of a slam poetry club who won first place in multiple 2017 competitions and leads workshops and open mic events
  • A cosplayer at multiple Chinese comic conventions

Off the Beaten Path

  • A climber who has summited nine 14,000-foot peaks (and aspires to tackle all of the Colorado Fourteeners)
  • The creator of a board game centered on hospital triage during crises
  • The first female football player at her school
  • An owner of a LARPing (live-action role playing) business who through the venture has netted $13,000 toward a retirement account
  • An environmentalist foodie who has made feta cheese using fresh milk and developed a cheesemaking curriculum
  • A researcher who discovered a protein mutation that was not previously known to exist


  • 12 Eagle Scouts and 5 Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award Recipients
  • A leader of 11 national trash cleanups that created public art installations from waste
  • A volunteer who developed and led a weeklong science camp where elementary school students conducted chemical experiments
  • An emergency medical technician cadet who responds to 911 calls with his town’s emergency medical squad
  • The recipient of the Kurt Hahn Prize for an exceptional act of service to others for cofounding Indonesia Unfoldeda nonprofit that provides free eye-cataract surgeries
  • A volunteer at a horseback riding ranch that assists people with mental and physical disabilities

Time Well Spent

How members of the Class of 2022 stayed busy in high school:

  • 83%: Community service
  • 58%: Varsity athletics (27% team captain)
  • 45%: Paid job
  • 43%: Music
  • 30%: Internship/research
  • 20%: Theater
  • 17%: Student government
  • 14%: Journalism/publications

Class Rank

  • 77%: First decile
  • 95%: First quartile

(Based on students with class rank)

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Map of where students are from
Financial aid awards by iincome bracket

Ten Members of the Class of 2022

The 532 members of the Class of 2022 come from 48 states and 24 countries. The 10 highlighted students provided a glimpse into the varied talents and interests the class will bring to Carleton’s student body.

Chloe Lipinski

Irondale Senior High School, Minnesota
Community member and aspiring traveler

As a first-generation college student and a first-generation American, Chloe works hard. Whether she’s working at Caribou Coffee, playing on her school’s basketball team, or practicing the drums, Chloe finds ways to stay busy and involved with her community. Amidst these engagements, she also is learning Polish, the language of her immigrant family. At Carleton, Chloe looks forward to studying abroad and seizing the opportunity to learn even more languages.

Ada Wright

Roosevelt High School, Washington
Frisbee athlete and outdoors enthusiast

Beyond being a nationally ranked Ultimate Frisbee player, Ada has used Ultimate to do good in her community. Through the All Girls Everything Ultimate Program, Ada engages in a mixture of leadership and athletic workshops designed to help empower women and encourage activism. Ada also stays active outside of Frisbee, indulging her love of the outdoors through her work at the local Audubon society and in her role as a ski instructor. Ada intends to explore environmental studies at Carleton.

Joey Silknitter

Papillion-La Vista High School, Nebraska
Performer extraordinaire

Joey is an entertainer at heart. With years of experience juggling and performing magic shows in the Omaha area, he has been able to share his passion with countless friends and fans alike. Joey has even found a way to use magic to help the community by performing free shows at local retirement homes. Beyond performance, Joey is active in student government and in a group that holds meetings with special needs students where he uses his inexhaustible energy and love of connecting with others to help those around him.

Katy Oda

Bay School of San Francisco, California
Astronomer and athlete

Katy’s universe keeps expanding. Her interest in space led her to both found and helm the astronomy club at her school as well as take on a job as a telescope technician. Katy also captains her school’s soccer team and participates in the Asian American Student Union group. Keeping things close to home, Katy babysits for her family, family friends, and teachers. Katy is sure to continue exploring here at Carleton.

Luis Alvarez

Energy Institute High School, Texas

Luis’s interest in environmentalism runs deep. Throughout high school he has facilitated recycling programs both through the Energy Converters club at his high school and as a driver for a trash and recycling company. At Carleton he looks forward to joining environmental groups as well as engaging in political activism while pursuing studies in pre-med and biochemistry. A first-generation college student and member of a program for student leaders called Posse, Luis is excited to bring his climate concerns to Carleton.

Arlo Hettle

Cedar Falls High School, Iowa
Political organizer

Arlo is a politico through and through. Besides serving as student body president at his school, he has volunteered on campaigns from local mayoral races to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Arlo also has a flair for arts and music, performing in both theater and the school orchestra. For two years, Arlo has led classes on sexual violence and bullying prevention as part of the Mentors for Violence Prevention program, increasing community awareness of these issues at his school.

Jevon Robinson ’22

Roosevelt Senior High School, New York
Service and ROTC leader

Jevon volunteers at his local soup kitchen, at his church, and in the student government. Additionally, he holds the position of Battalion Commander in the Junior ROTC, serving as a role model and guide for other cadets. Jevon, a Jamaican dual citizen, works to support issues he is passionate about, such as being a teen advocate for his local Planned Parenthood chapter. He’s intrigued by the idea of using mathematics as a framework through which to understand the world and eager to thrive in Carleton’s liberal arts environment.

Leland Brigham

McDonogh School, Maryland
Renaissance man

Leland believes more is possible. He competed in the 2015 USA Memory Championship, and runs his own business which helps students and the elderly learn ancient Greek memory techniques. As if one business wasn’t enough, Leland works in sales, marketing, and development for Corcl, a company named for its small round boats that are used at summer camps around the country. Simultaneously, Leland has found time to unicycle and cowrite An Inside Story, a children’s book introducing basic concepts of nonviolence.

headshot of Sydney Marie Jones

Decatur High School, Georgia
Musician and Girl Scout

Sydney is a trailblazer, in every sense of the term. In addition to leading wilderness trips for her Girl Scouts troop, she was the sole girl to play on her school’s boys’ Ultimate Frisbee team, Sydney is undoubtedly a leader. She’s also a versatile musician—drum major in her high school marching band and a flautist who performs in her school’s wind ensemble, the pit orchestra, and the Metro Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. A writing center tutor to boot, Sydney is sure to get involved at Carleton.

headshot of a student Apoorba Misra

International School of Asia Karuizawa, Japan
Polyglot and LGBTQ+ activist

A native of India who has spent the past two years at an international school in Japan, Appy comes to Carleton with a cosmopolitan outlook. Speaking Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, and Japanese—in addition to English—Appy has a talent for languages that she utilizes as head of her school’s live poetry society. Appy is also active with groups on gender and sexuality issues that affect women and the LGBTQ+ community. Along with a group of friends, Appy even found time to start a small business selling second-hand kimonos in her Japanese community, ensuring access to garments that, when new, are incredibly expensive.