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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.

October 18-20, 2018

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!

Malia Molina
The TOC program was insanely awesome. This program changed my whole outlook on college. Knowing that I’d be able to receive an exceptional, quality education at a beautiful institution with the friendliest people I’ve ever met made me realize that I belong at Carleton.
Malia Molina
Makawao, Hawaii
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 get to know all of the friendly and helpful students.
Kenneth Laster
Atlanta, Ga.
Maximiliano Burgess
When I first arrived, I couldn't help but feel like an outcast. After all, these were college students in their natural environment. I was just a prospie. However, after only about ten minutes, I felt as if I were among friends. Carleton students close gaps.
Maxamiliano Burgess
Houston, Texas
Amirah Ellison
I had an amazing experience through TOC. Carleton has a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters curiosity and creativity. I am confident that I will easily find my niche, and that with Carleton behind me, I can make a difference in the world.
Amirah Ellison
Maurice Hicks
The classes I attended were taught by professors who were engaging. I also enjoyed just hanging out with Carleton students, from the Lenny Dee performance, to a Halloween party, to playing pool in Sayles (which has amazing food).
Maurice Hicks
Upper Marlboro, Md.
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.