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Taste of Carleton

Taste of Carleton

Taste of Carleton (TOC) is an all-expenses-paid fly-in program for high school seniors. It’s held every fall for students who apply and are invited to attend. This year, TOC will be held from Sunday, October 2 to Tuesday, October 4.

Apply now!

We are pleased to invite high school senior students to sample one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges! Nestled in historic Northfield, MN, Carleton College is home to some of the most exceptional professors and extraordinary students in the country. Our students represent all 50 states, several U.S. territories, and over 55 countries. 32% of our students identify as Asian, Black or African American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American/Alaska native, or more than one race, and 11% of our students come to us from outside the United States. We value diversity of all types on campus, and we strive for a student body that’s representative of as many different backgrounds as possible.

As part of this commitment to diversity, we host several programs for traditionally underrepresented students. The Taste of Carleton (TOC) program offers students a chance to get just that — a taste of Carleton College! The selection committee will give priority to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We particularly encourage students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students to apply.

What happens at Taste of Carleton?

Students will have access to sessions throughout the day and can customize a schedule that fits their needs. You will be able to:

  • Hear more about Carleton from an admissions officer.
  • Attend a class that suits your interests: anything from Principles of Psychology, to Genes and Evolution, to Latinas in Hollywood (TBD).
  • Attend convocation, our weekly lecture series (Friday session only).
  • Have an interview with a member of the admissions staff.
  • Get your questions answered by current students at a Q&A session.

Sound good to you?

Complete the online application! Key dates:

  • July 18: Applications due
  • August 15: Applicants notified
  • October 2–October 4: Taste of Carleton in Northfield, MN!

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Contact our office at 507-222-5939 or email We look forward to hearing from you!

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I had the amazing opportunity to attend Taste of Carleton in October. By the end of my visit to campus, I was excited about the possibility of joining such a diverse and academically gifted group of students.
Nina Simone King
Savannah, Ga.
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Getting to walk around, go to classes and hang out with current students was amazing. I hadn't done any overnight stays on a college campus before and it took me awhile to get used to all of the freedom to explore. I got to know so many friendly and helpful students.
Kenneth Laster
Atlanta, Ga.
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The classes, the professors, the connections, were all very convincing, but the factor that made my decision easier was the supportiveness of the staff and the students. It was human and it was real.
Grisel Vidal
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Last month, I was able to attend TOC. I went to classes, a comedy performance, and a midnight meal at the student center-- it was fantastic! But the true clincher was spending time with Anthony, my host, and the dozens of interesting and fully engaged students and thinking 'These are my people!'
Jackson Piccirillo
La Jolla, Ca.
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During TOC, I felt that I belonged the moment I stepped into the Sayles Cafe and the libe. Having lively conversations with other Carls made me feel like I hadn't left my friends in California. Students assured me that even with the challenges of culture shock, I will be able to step out of my comfort zone knowing TRIO and the rest of the community are there to support me.
Ozzy Cota
North Hills, Ca.