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Veterans

As a proud Yellow Ribbon school, we're invested in supporting students who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We're here to help you thrive as a student at Carleton.

As a proud Yellow Ribbon school, we're invested in supporting students who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We're here to help you thrive as a student at Carleton.


Carleton is invested in supporting students who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are a proud partner with Service to School, a non-profit organization that provides free application counseling, peer advising, and networking opportunities to US military service members and veterans. Its goal is to support transitioning military veterans gain admission to the top universities and colleges in the nation. Services are  provided at no cost to the applicant. We encourage all veterans who are interested in Carleton to connect with Service to School.

Carleton has a long and varied history of supporting students who have served or plan to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Some of our earliest students served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War, beginning in 1898. Starting in 1917, Carleton hosted a unit of the Student Army Training Corps, which allowed students to finish college while receiving military training. Again during World War II, Carleton hosted Army units whose main courses of instruction were engineering, aeronautics, meteorology, and modern languages. In fact, more than 1,500 Carleton men and women served in the armed forces during WWII. While our current enrollment of military veterans is comparatively low, we remain committed to serving your unique needs as a veteran.

Since our earliest days, we have believed  wholeheartedly in the power of a liberal arts education to transform the lives of students and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. Instead of training students for one narrow career path that may become obsolete, our curriculum teaches skills that last a lifetime: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, effective communication, and the flexibility to adapt to dynamic situations.

Excellence in education is about far more than rankings, but it doesn’t hurt to get an outside opinion. Carleton is considered to be among the best in the world, according to our academic peers as well as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review (to name just a few). See what others say about Carleton.

Application Materials

Veterans are encouraged to apply to Carleton either as transfer or as first-year students. If you have completed any college coursework after graduating high school, you should apply as a transfer student.

We recognize that the materials we’re asking for—transcripts, test scores, etc.—may not be the best representation of your recent experiences. We encourage Veteran applicants to make use of the additional information section within their application. You can also submit supplementary materials that best represent your preparedness for, and interest in, a Carleton education.

Application Materials

Housing Options

Carleton’s residential identity is a core part of the educational experience and campus community. That being said, we recognize the importance of working with veterans to determine which housing may suit them best. Some students might prefer to live in campus housing. Others might be looking for a more independent housing experience. We are ready to talk with you about your options. 

Financial Aid and Yellow Ribbon

To learn more about Carleton’s Financial Aid, please visit the Student Financial Services website.

Detailed information about Carleton’s participation in the GI Bill/Yellow Ribbon Benefits Program is available here.

Please contact Carleton’s Certifying Official, Ann May (amay@carleton.edu) for more information regarding financial aid for veterans.

For any questions about applying, please email Connor Jackson (cjackson@carleton.edu), Assistant Dean of Admissions.