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Taste of Carleton

Taste of Carleton is an all expenses paid program for high school seniors from underrepresented backgrounds to visit campus.

Taste of Carleton is an all expenses paid program for high school seniors from underrepresented backgrounds to visit campus.

Taste of Carleton, 2020:

Dates TBD

We are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. We will not open the 2020 Taste of Carleton application until we receive confirmation that campus visits are a safe option for students. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 42 countries. More than 27% of our students identify as people of color, and 9% 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) fly-in program offers students a chance to get just that — a taste of Carleton College! This all-expenses-paid program brings 60 high school seniors to campus for three days and two nights. 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?


  • Arrive at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport by 5 p.m. and take a shuttle to Northfield.
  • Attend a welcome reception and meet your student host.


  • Attend a class that suits your interests: anything from Principles of Psychology, to Genes and Evolution, to Latinas in Hollywood.
  • Explore campus, tour the 800 acre Arboretum, chat with students in the Sayles-Hill student center, or attend our weekly convocation.
  • Have an interview with a member of the admissions staff.
  • Get your student life questions answered by current students at a Q&A session.
  • Sample Carleton’s night life.


  • Savor a final morning at Carleton before the shuttles depart for the airport.

Sound good to you?

We hope you’ll submit an application to be considered for Taste of Carleton. We typically open up the application several months in advance of the program. To stay connected and receive email reminders about Taste of Carleton, sign up to receive more information.


Contact our office at 800-995-2275 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.