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Accepted Student Experience


Congratulations & Welcome!

Do a little dance. Take a night off from homework. Celebrate with those who have helped you get to this point. Then? Sign up for our Accepted Student Events

We understand what a big decision this is. We want you to feel confident that Carleton is The One for you. Our events in April are designed to give you a better sense of life as a Carl. We encourage you to visit campus if you can, but we also have a week of virtual events. Both are great opportunities to ask questions and to connect with your potential professors, classmates, and friends.

We’ve highlighted our two large-group events below and we have MANY in-person visit opportunities throughout the month of April. 

In-Person Events

April 25 (Registration nearing capacity)

8 AM: Check-In & Light Breakfast

8:30 AM: Welcome from Carleton Leadership

9:50 AM: Class Visits, Campus Tours, or Student Panel for Parents/Guardians

11:10 AM: Class Visits, Campus Tours, or Life After Carleton Panel

12:30 PM: Student-to-Student Lunch or Family Lunch

1:50 PM: Academic and Resources Fair

3:10 PM: Athletics Reception & Campus Tours (full details to come)

Shuttles will depart campus for the MSP Airport or one of the three hotels you were picked up from at 3:30 pm and 4:45 pm on both days

Full Schedule

Questions about Financial Aid?

Sign up for a 30-minute session to talk through your aid award with a financial aid officer. Email financialaid@carleton.edu for a Zoom session April 18-22. Limited in-person meetings* are also available on April 25; register for a time when you sign-up for your ASE campus visit.

*Must be vaccinated and boosted

Past Event Recordings

Finding Your Place (Recorded Video)
Carleton is committed to the ideals of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. With students hailing from across the country and around the world, our diverse community will challenge and support you while recognizing the diverse perspectives and experiences each one of you brings to campus. Students at Carleton find social support through offices like the Office of Intercultural Life, Office of International Student Life, Gender and Sexuality Center, TRIO-Student Support Services, and Accessibility Resources while enrolled at Carleton. If you are curious to learn about the myriad perspectives on campus as well as the offices, resources, and peers who will support you, we invite you to join us!

Navigating Your Financial Aid Award (Recorded Video)
Aid awards can sometimes be confusing and intimidating. Our student financial aid staff will walk through an example aid award and review the different parts of a Carleton financial aid award. You can expect to better understand what you have been awarded and how much you will owe next year.

Undergraduate Research, Teaching, and Learning Panel (Recorded Video)
Research opportunities are open to students starting from their first year up to their last year, and realistically, even beyond. Marynel Ryan Van Zee (fellowships office), Serena Zabin (history), Pam Middleton (Pre Med), Cherlon Ussery (linguistics), and Arjendu Pattanayak (physics) all share their experience working with students on various research projects around campus.

Global Perspectives Panel (Recorded Video)
This panel features four Carleton professors from offices all around campus and two current students to share how Carleton intentionally fosters a globally-minded community.

Student Employment Panel (Recorded Video)
Five current students share their experiences with student employment at Carleton (and don’t worry! Students aren’t working 40 hours every week – we limit our first years to working 8 hours per week and our sophomores to seniors to 10 hours per week). Topics in this panel include balancing school and work, how they got their first on-campus job, how much they earn, and much more.

You’ll be Supported (Recorded Video)
Support is a cornerstone of our campus community but there’s no one-stop-shop for help at Carleton. We recognize that different students need different forms of support at different times; from academic prep to personal wellbeing. This panel of faculty and staff experts are here to talk about the various forms and places of support students have close access to.

Apples-to-Apples: Comparing Aid Awards (Recorded Video)
The total awarded in a financial aid award is not always an indicator of which one is the best. The details and how you interpret different components matter. Our financial aid staff will provide tips on how to compare aid awards and make sure you are seeing each award accurately.

Alumni to Students & Families (Recorded Video)
Students come to Carleton for many different reasons along with a range of hopes and ambitions for what comes next. Join us to hear recent alumni talk about their first steps into the real world, post Carleton.

In the interest of timeliness, these videos have been posted quickly. Unfortunately, we have not had a moment to edit them or to fix the closed caption typos. Please accept our apologies and our firm assurance that ‘Carleton’ does indeed have an ‘e’.

Hotels and Transportation

Carleton has secured discount rates for a number of hotels in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: SpringHill Suites, Hyatt Place, and Comfort Inn. You can read detailed information on these hotels here. Buses leave at 7 AM from the hotels to Carleton

Additional Online Resources

Join Carleton Connect
Use the unique link emailed to you to login, create your profile, and start getting to know your future classmates, faculty members, and support staff. Note: Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will also get an invite—be sure you all use your secure and unique invite link!

Get an insider’s perspective from our admissions bloggers
This is one of our most popular admissions pages, and for good reason. Our student bloggers give a first-hand account of everything from dorms to seasons to balancing classwork with their favorite extracurricular activities.

Admissions Blog

Take an on-demand virtual tour of campus

Virtual tour