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Taste of Carleton

Apply for Taste of Carleton and get ready to discover one of the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country! Participants in this three-day program will explore our beautiful campus, attend classes with our #1 ranked professors, and learn more about our admissions process and generous financial aid. The best part? You won’t pay a dime. Transportation, housing, and all program costs are on us.


Program Dates: September 29 – October 1

Application opens: Monday, June 3, 2024

Application Deadline: Friday, July 26

Decisions Released: Mid-August

Why TOC? TOC is a recruitment program designed to advance the diversity of student experiences at Carleton. Carleton is strongly committed to enrolling a diverse study body. We believe that it creates invaluable depth to the learning experience we seek to provide our students. For that reason, increasing diversity across Carleton’s campus is a key pillar of our Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.

Who should apply? Taste of Carleton supports underrepresented students who are interested in the mission of residential liberal arts colleges and care to learn about Carleton. The fully-funded opportunity helps students from underrepresented groups experience our campus and explore their curiosity about Carleton’s academics and community. TOC’s goal is to increase the diversity of students who apply to Carleton. Given cost of travel, TOC is only accepting applications from students residing in the USA.

What does “underrepresented” mean? “Underrepresented” or students who will advance diversity on Carleton’s campus have many different intersectional identities. A few examples are below. This list is not exclusive or exhaustive.

– First generation (first in their family to earn a Bachelor’s degree)

– Low income to middle income

– BIPOC students (students of color)

– Undocumented students

– Students from rural or under-resourced communities

What happens at Taste of Carleton?

TOC participants experience campus as if they were Carleton students. Plus, we provide support with the college admissions process. You’ll be able to:

  • Attend a class that suits your interests: anything from Principles of Psychology, to Genes and Evolution, to Latinas in Hollywood
  • Take a campus tour and engage with current students
  • Learn about Carleton’s financial aid, student support resources, admissions process, student life, and more
  • Get your questions answered by current students at a Q&A session.


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

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I really enjoyed the freedom in out-of-class scheduling to allow us to explore Carleton on our own and at our own pace, as if we’re real Carls.
Fikir Beyene
Oxford, Mississippi
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I think the people I met were what made this experience amazing for me; everyone I made were very welcoming, friendly, and passionate. I loved Carleton’s student environment and the beautiful campus.
Jessie Xin
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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The experience, collaboration, learning, all of it was pretty beautiful. Combined with the campus setting made it an excellent trip.
Isaiah Flores
Amarillo, Texas
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I loved being able to attend a class and just be on campus. It gave me a nice feel of the environment by just blending in. I also appreciated the freedom to control what I did. I went to different buildings and sometimes had conversations with actual students. I also enjoyed being able to talk with other TOC attendees about more than Carleton.
Regina Anyaegbunam
Elkhorn, Nebraska
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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.