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The character of Carleton is the blend of rigor and good humor that permeates everything we do. It fosters depth, creativity, and compassion, both inside the classroom and out. We are joyfully competitive — more likely to inspire one another than jockey for favor. It is what we’re all about: passionate pursuits among friends.

The character of Carleton is the blend of rigor and good humor that permeates everything we do. It fosters depth, creativity, and compassion, both inside the classroom and out. We are joyfully competitive — more likely to inspire one another than jockey for favor. It is what we’re all about: passionate pursuits among friends.

Check Your Narrative

Thabiti Willis, associate professor of history, explains how historical narratives can lead to a distorted understanding of the present.

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A Kind Word

At a time when much of the conversation about Syrian refugees is focused on closing borders and keeping them out, Bailey Ulbricht ’15 has found a way to bring people together through simple conversation.

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Senior Reflections: Gus Leinbach

Spending four years at Carleton, both on and off-campus, has inevitably shaped senior religion major Gus Leinbach. Likewise, his presence on campus helped shape Carleton.

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Ready to Play

Recognizing a void in the marketplace, Jamie Glover ’06 and Fatimah Hussein teamed up to found ASIYA Sport, a company that manufactures modest sportswear for Muslim athletes.

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Leap Day

Carleton dance professor Judith Howard and instructor Jennifer Bader helped us recruit dancers who leaped, pirouetted, and jetéd across campus.

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The Journey Home

Two freshmen from St. Paul met the first week, bonded over their similar backgrounds, and became each other’s support system — eventually becoming campus leaders.

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The Barber of Severance

Junior Simon Orlovsky teamed up with a friend to launch Dormcuts, a barber service for men that offers students $15 haircuts in their own dorm rooms.

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Science Meets Fiction

Four Carls are converting the dreams of science fiction writers into reality at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Five Questions with Brittany Brookner

Playing rugby has not only given junior Brittany Brookner a greater sense of confidence and accomplishment, it is also the social center of her Carleton experience.

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Greetings, Khaleesi

This new stapler showed up and was pretty insistent that we call her Khaleesi. She says she has many names and also claims to be the “Mother of Staplers."

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An Apple a Day

Wade Thompson ’07 and Jim Watkins ’07 are selling their “decidedly different” hard cider all over the Twin Cities. Minnesotans are happily drinking it up.

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Senior Reflections: Kayla Toney

By the end of sophomore year, Kayla Toney had decided on physics as her major. But she had a trick up her sleeve: She petitioned for a special major in photography and optics — the scientific study of how light behaves and interacts with matter.

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True Brit

Filmmaking helped Brit Fryer ’15 discover how to be true to both himself and his artistic voice.

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Find Your People

They start social action groups. They form bands. They host discussions on identity. Carleton students find myriad ways to connect with people who share their passions.

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A Liberal Arts College Like No Other

You’re not a cookie-cutter student and you don’t want a cookie-cutter school. Carleton takes the best things the other top schools have to offer — and does them better. Let us show you how.

Exceptional Liberal Arts
Evolution of a Scholar

Maybe you already know what major — or even career — you want to pursue. Once you get to Carleton, you might change your mind: get ready to follow your passions wherever they lead.

Shelve your preconceptions
Trimesters

By offering three terms per year instead of two, Carleton allows students to take more classes during their four years. Taking just three courses per term allows you to dig deeply into the material.

Who needs semesters?
Off-Campus Studies

More than 70 percent of Carleton students study abroad. With more than 20 Carleton-led programs, low fees, and straightforward credit transfers from outside programs, we make the world your classroom.

Go global
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We've Got Your Back

No one at Carleton goes it alone. From your faculty adviser to your RA to your classmates and friends, you’ll find a supportive community of people who want you to succeed.

Support for Student Success
Standout Faculty

Our professors are brilliant thinkers, diligent researchers, and prolific artists. But above all, they’re passionate about teaching. They’ll challenge you, support you, and encourage you. We think they’ll inspire you, too.

Meet our talented teachers
Career Center

Career Center programming starts your first year. Exploratory programs dive into different fields. Networking activities connect you with alumni. Internship and externship opportunities give you real-world experience.

Turn your dreams into reality
Academic Support

Even the smartest students ask for help. If you want to practice a presentation, polish your writing, or conquer a problem set, you’ll find the support you need to do your best work.

Find a helping hand
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Outside of the Classroom

Carleton students work hard, but they like to have fun, too. We have hundreds of student clubs and organizations, so you can keep doing the things you love — or, better yet, try something new!

Campus Life
Clubs & Organizations

Chances are we’ve got your interests covered among our 200 student organizations. Whether you’re continuing a favorite hobby or discovering something new, you’ll find ways to get involved.

Check out our clubs
Living on Campus

Living on a residential campus has many perks. Your friends are always nearby. Something interesting is usually happening a few yards from your front door. And getting to class never takes longer than 10 minutes.

Get ready to live more
Staying Active

It’s easy to be active at Carleton. Join a varsity, club, or intramural team, explore the 800-acre arboretum, or swim laps in the pool. You’ll find plenty of places to play on campus.

Play on
A small group of happy Carleton alumni gather during Reunion

After Carleton, Always Carleton

Carls for life! As soon as you enroll here, you’ll join a network of alumni who will be your mentors and allies forever. Don’t believe us? Put on a Carleton sweatshirt. Go anywhere in the world. Watch what happens.

After Graduation
True Brit

Filmmaking helped Brit Fryer ’15 find his voice, and thanks to a Sundance Film Festival Fellowship, that voice is getting heard.

Read Brit’s story
Ready to Play

Jamie Glover ’06 and Fatimah Hussein founded ASIYA Sport, a company that manufactures modest sportswear for Muslim athletes.

Read Jamie and Fatimah's story
An Apple a Day

Wade Thompson ’07 and Jim Watkins ’07 go rogue in the world of hard cider and craft brewing.

Read Wade and Jim's story