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Fall Courses & Registration

How many fall courses will be conducted online and how many will have an in-person component?

The course listing for Fall Term is now available online. Carleton will offer a total of 346 courses in Fall 2020. Of these, 59% will be offered online only, 8% face-to-face, 22% hybrid, and 10% mixed mode. Because 300-level courses tend to be offered face-to-face, hybrid, or mixed-mode and generally have smaller enrollments, approximately 64% of the spaces in classes will be online-only, and the remainder face-to-face, hybrid, or mixed mode. We will offer 33 A&I seminars, of which 5 will be face-to-face, 15 hybrid, and 13 online-only.

What are faculty doing to enhance their online teaching?

Carleton’s Learning and Teaching Center is hosting regular faculty development events throughout the summer, and there is robust participation by faculty. For example, 20 faculty participated in the first iteration of a week-long workshop on designing fall courses for engagement and resilience. A further 22+ faculty attended a boot camp on online teaching with specialized sessions on using video effectively and approaches to discussion in a variety of remote formats. There is upcoming programming focused on working with the librarians and library resources, designing A&I seminars, and teaching quantitative skills, to name a few. The academic support professionals are available for consultation, and the College has introduced the Resilient Pedagogy website to organize and disseminate all the information on best practices, tools, available support, and good examples to the campus community. 

In addition to programming on campus, Carleton faculty have had the opportunity to participate in a number of professional development initiatives through consortial groups, including the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (LACOL) and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). These included workshops, discussion boards, book groups, and opportunities to share syllabi, assignments, and best practices. Faculty are also participating in the workshops put on by many of their professional organizations which focus on teaching issues specific to their disciplines.

Will student study groups be permitted?

This will depend on the students involved and the work that they must do together. We will encourage virtual interactions in situations where that approach is effective. Masks will be required for in-person work. Students living in townhouses and interest houses will have more freedom to work with members of their “family unit.”

Will the P.E. requirement be waived?

No. We will have both online and in-person physical education courses available this fall.

What will the grading policy be for Fall Term?

The college’s usual letter grading policy will be in effect this fall.

If I choose to study abroad this fall, will I be able to return to campus for Winter Term?

Your choice of enrollment now should be considered for Fall Term only. Housing plans for winter and spring are under development and will be dependent on the Winter Term course schedule, the availability of Off-Campus Studies programs, and the pandemic situation locally and beyond.

Will the class schedule change?

Yes, course meeting times will be adjusted this fall. The passing periods will be increased to 20 minutes, and the final period of each schedule type (6a and 5-6c) will be moved to the evening, beginning at 7 p.m. Please see the schedule showing class times and class period lengths. Course meeting days and times will be available on the final schedule.

What are my options for instruction during Fall Term 2020?

Students have several options for instruction during Fall Term.

  • Return to campus for hybrid in-person and online course instruction
  • Remain off campus and learn 100% remotely
  • Take a leave of absence
  • Defer your admission (first-year students)

When can I register for fall courses?

Course registration will take place August 3-8. The course listing for Fall Term is now available online.

Are there any study abroad programs available to Carleton students this fall?

While we made the difficult decision to cancel our fall 2020 programs—Spanish Studies in Madrid and Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague—students may be able to participate in programs from other providers. Please contact Off-Campus Studies for more information.

How is Carleton prioritizing international students?

International students whose visas are at risk will be prioritized for in-person education. Some international students are required to take in-person courses in order to maintain their visas. To ensure they have the ability to remain in the United States, they will receive priority registration for in-person, hybrid, and mixed mode courses.


Will kitchens be available in campus residence halls?

Yes, we expect that kitchens will continue to be available in residence halls, with some modifications. Those modifications are likely to include reserved time slots, occupancy limits, and cleaning requirements. 

How will dorm rooms be set up to facilitate physical distancing?

Beds and other furniture in multiple-occupancy residential spaces will be arranged to ensure 6 feet of physical distance can be achieved between residents, particularly for sleeping. The layout of these rooms was informed by guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. Desks and dressers can be moved out of rooms upon request.

Will the College be able to accommodate all students who indicated a preference to live on campus or in Northfield this fall?

Yes. Students who indicated a preference for residing in College housing during fall term have received information about room draw and/or room assignment information. Contact reslife@carleton.edu with any questions.

Will more students be permitted to live off campus through the Northfield Option?

At this point, the Northfield Option remains unchanged. Students who were already approved to live off campus may do so.

Has Carleton reserved entire hotels for student housing?

No. The college has reserved sets of rooms in each of three hotels, but we do not have entire hotels reserved, exclusively. These rooms are primarily doubles.

Is my spring room draw number still valid?


May I commute to campus to take classes in person?

Only students living in campus housing (including the designated hotels) and those approved for the Northfield Option will be permitted to come to campus for in-person classes. 

How binding is my July 22 decision regarding housing?

The Dean of Students Office and the Office of Residential Life and Housing are using your July 22 decision to inform the Room Draw process. You will be notified of your opportunity to select housing based on your existing lottery number.

If I choose to learn remotely this fall, can I come back to campus in the winter or spring?

The decision you made by July 22 is only for Fall Term. Housing plans for winter and spring are under development and will be dependent on the Winter Term course schedule, the availability of Off-Campus Studies programs, and the pandemic situation locally and beyond. We expect to have more information about the Winter Term housing process by the sixth week of Fall Term.

How many students are expected to be on campus this fall?

Carleton’s maximum residential occupancy this fall is 1,795—including 100 students in hotel rooms and 70 students who were previously approved for Northfield Option in February. We have reduced total on-campus residential spaces to provide for adequate physical distancing. Only those 1,795 students will be permitted to take classes on campus.

What will housing options look like for students returning to campus?

Fall housing options for returning students are now posted on the Room Draw website. New students have already been assigned rooms by the Office of Residential Life & Housing.

We will have traditional residence halls, townhomes, interest houses, and hotel stays available, in addition to the Northfield Option. To allow as many students to return to Northfield as possible, up to 100 students may be assigned to live in rooms reserved at three Northfield hotels: the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and the Archer House Inn, which are within walking distance of campus, and the AmericInn, which will require personal transportation. Resident Assistants will be housed at each hotel. These hotel rooms will be assigned during the traditional Room Draw process.

Will I have a roommate?

We plan to have both single- and multiple-occupancy housing arrangements this fall.

May I request a single room?

We have a limited selection of single rooms on campus. Room selection for returning students will occur based on the lottery number you were assigned in February. New students will be assigned rooms by the Office of Residential Life & Housing.

When will Room Draw take place?

Residential Life has already begun communicating with returning students about the room draw process and available spaces. More information is available on the Room Draw page.


When should I plan to arrive on campus?

The move-in schedule was shared with students via email on Saturday, Aug. 1. The email includes a link to sign up for a one-hour time slot on your designated move-in day.

  • Resident Advisers, New Student Week leaders, and international first-year students
    • Friday, September 4, from noon to 8 p.m.
  • New students
    • Tuesday, September 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Returning students
    • Wednesday, September 9, from noon to 8 p.m. OR
    • Thursday, September 10, from noon to 8 p.m.

Will I be required to quarantine upon arrival in Minnesota?

We will follow all federal and state rules regarding quarantine. As of July 30, Minnesota does not have any travel restrictions for those coming from other states. We will be testing students immediately upon arrival and will be taking action based on those results.

Will I be required to quarantine right when I get to campus?

All students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus. The findings of that test will determine what happens next for each individual student. Those who test positive will be housed in isolation spaces on campus, and those who test negative will move into their regularly issued residences and re-tested 3-7 days later.

Am I required to get a COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus?

We will not ask students to test prior to arriving on campus. Because a test is a snapshot at one moment in time, our health consultants advised that this practice would place undue burden on our students for little to no benefit.

Can my parents accompany me on move-in day?

Yes, however, family members will not be allowed in campus residences.

How will I get my belongings that I left behind in March?

If you’re planning to return to campus, your belongings will be placed in your fall residence after room draw occurs. If you choose to remain off campus this fall, your belongings will remain in storage.

First-Year Students

Will first-year students be enrolled in at least one in-person course?

We will structure registration to prioritize first-year enrollment in at least one in-person course. The preliminary course schedule indicates that nearly 50% of courses will be offered fully or partially in person.

Will first-year students be assigned to hotels?

No, the hotel spaces are only for upper-level students.

What will New Student Week look like this fall?

We are currently planning New Student Week for the incoming class. The calendar of events will likely have fewer large events, however, as we learned this summer, there are many creative ways for students to engage socially and connect with the campus community. One of the key objectives of New Student Week is to provide incoming students with experiences and information that prepare them to thrive both academically and socially. We intend to provide a variety of events, programs, and services specifically designed for this incoming class, while at the same time, not losing sight of the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff.

Student Health

Will the flu vaccine be available on campus this fall?

Yes. You will be able to receive a flu vaccination when you get your COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus.

How will Student Health and Counseling provide medical care to students this fall?

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) will provide medical care to students this fall via multiple means. Remote telehealth meetings will be utilized for the initial assessment of all appointments. For medical services that require an in-person visit, students will be invited to meet with a provider in the clinic.

Before the start of the term, SHAC will delineate the scope of care that staff can offer for teletherapy and in-clinic care, and which services will require students to seek care at a local Northfield clinic. SHAC can assist students in securing those off-campus appointments and understanding transportation options, as needed.

For students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have tested positive and are therefore in isolation on campus, SHAC will check in with them remotely on a daily basis. If a student has symptoms that require medical intervention beyond self-care strategies, SHAC will help students coordinate the higher level of care needed.

How will I continue coursework for my in-person or hybrid class if I’m quarantined or in isolation?

You will not be allowed to leave your quarantine/isolation space and will need to continue your coursework remotely. How you do that will vary depending on your instructor and the class activities and structure. For example, your professor may be able to use in-classroom microphones or cameras to allow you to follow along, you may be able to access recorded lectures for later listening, or you may be able to keep up by doing assigned reading and participating in Moodle discussions. Your first point of contact should be your instructor. If you are unable to keep up with the class, you should work with the Dean of Students Office to consider a medical extension or leave.

How will quarantine and isolation work?

The College has space reserved for roughly 90 students in quarantine and isolation. Students living in these spaces will have a designated Resident Assistant, receive meals in their residence, continue their coursework online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Student Health and Counseling staff. We will follow CDC recommendations for the length of quarantine and isolation.

Will I be permitted to leave campus for medical appointments?

Yes, students will continue to be able to travel off campus for medical appointments. We will limit the number of occupants in campus fleet vehicles based on physical distancing guidelines.

Do I have to monitor and report my symptoms every day?

All on-campus students, faculty, and staff will be asked to self-monitor and self-report their symptoms daily in order to ensure swift action if signs of illness arise.

Have any on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19?

As of July 16, we have not had any known cases of COVID-19  in our on-campus student community. About 200 students remained on campus during Spring Term, and about 80 students are living on campus this summer.

How many confirmed COVID-19 cases have there been in the City of Northfield?

Rice County regularly reports this data online.

How will the college enforce physical-distancing for in-person classes?

Our plan for academic spaces is to promote six-foot physical distancing and minimize transmission through infected surfaces or aerosols. This includes both modifying room layouts by reducing the density of available seats and implementing behavioral changes, such as wearing masks. In-person class meetings will be limited to 30 students. In order to support physically distanced traffic flow, we are changing the daily class schedule to provide longer, 20-minute, breaks between class periods.

What should I do if I suspect I have coronavirus?

If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, you should self-isolate and:

Security is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the Community Concern Form is monitored regularly.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever (100.4° F or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. 

What is the difference between physical distancing, self-quarantine and self-isolation?

Physical distancing is the act of limiting your interactions with others. It includes not shaking hands, avoiding crowds, standing 6 feet from others, working remotely when possible, and staying home if you feel sick.

Self-quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You should self-quarantine for 14 days if you have been in contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. During the self-quarantine period, you should stay home, take your temperature twice a day, and closely monitor yourself for signs of a respiratory illness.

Self-isolation is for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed to have the virus. During self-isolation, you should stay home, avoid contact with others, and closely monitor your health.

If I’ve been sick, when can I stop self-isolating?

If you have been sick with respiratory symptoms or fever, you should self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of your illness. You can stop self-isolating after that 10-day period as long as you have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of medication) and your symptoms have improved.

Where can I find more resources about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health are the most up-to-date sources of information on the coronavirus outbreak.

Testing & Contact Tracing

What type of COVID-19 test will be administered on campus?

We plan to use a PCR test, which will be administered via nasal swab by a health care professional. We have contracted with Mayo Clinic to supply the tests and process test results.

Will students be tested for COVID-19 just prior to leaving campus at the end of the term?

Because we plan to conduct symptomatic testing throughout the term, as well as occasional spot testing for asymptomatic groups, we don’t anticipate a need for universal testing at the conclusion of the term. This plan could change if the situation warrants.

Will the college use an app to track students’ movement for faster contact tracing?

We don’t expect to use an app to track movement on campus. We will ask all students who are coming to campus to identify in advance 10-20 individuals who they are most likely to interact with so we can expedite the contact tracing process in the event of a positive test.

If someone tests positive, who will be defined as a “contact” for contact tracing?

We will use the CDC’s definition of a close contact, which is any individual who has spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of the infected person. All close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and quarantined. For students living in townhouses or interest houses, all residents of the house will be quarantined in the event of one resident’s positive test.

Because campus spaces like classrooms and dining halls will be set up with physical distancing in place, we don’t expect full classrooms to require quarantine in the event of an illness.

Will I have to pay the cost of my COVID-19 tests?

No, the college will supply and pay for COVID-19 tests on campus.

Will everyone on campus be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival?

All students, faculty, and staff will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their initial return to campus, which together will minimize false negative results. Testing will continue throughout the term as symptoms and contact tracing require. A further regime of asymptomatic testing will be established to heighten safety. We are contracting with the Mayo Clinic to carry out this effort.

This plan could change if the situation warrants.

What happens if someone on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

In the event that a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19, we will work with the Minnesota Department of Health to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus. Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences that have been reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated Resident Assistant, receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Student Health and Counseling staff. Those living in townhomes and interest houses will be considered family units and will quarantine together in the event that a house member is exposed to COVID-19. Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.

Campus Expectations

Will visitors and outside speakers be allowed on campus?

We will significantly limit the number of visitors permitted on campus. Most events with outside speakers are expected to be held remotely.

What are the rules about leaving campus?

Students will be permitted to leave campus to travel into Northfield or to off-campus medical appointments. Other off-campus travel will be restricted.

What are the expectations for student interactions?

We are developing a contract that all students, faculty, and staff will be required to sign related to behavior expectations on campus. More information will be shared as soon as it is available.

What is considered a “common space” where I must wear a mask?

Common spaces on campus include spaces that are not assigned as residential living quarters. Examples include residence hall lounges, academic department offices, Sayles Great Space, Anderson Hall’s Daugherty Atrium, the Weitz Center Commons, Gould Library, and Skinner Chapel.

Do I need to bring my own mask to campus?

We will provide two masks, a thermometer and hand sanitizer to every student upon arrival to campus. We will also have additional masks available.

What type of mask should I wear?

The College will provide two cloth masks to every student upon arrival on campus. We will have additional masks available, but you are encouraged to bring your own from home, as well, to ensure you always have a clean mask available. Masks should be cloth and must not feature a vent.

Do I need to wear a mask on campus this summer?

Yes. All faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus are required to wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth at all times while in the presence of others or while in indoor public spacesMasks are required to be worn in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of six feet or greater cannot be maintained. 

When in private spaces (dorms, offices, etc.) or spending time outdoors, you may remove your mask if physical distancing of greater than six feet can be maintained. When outdoors, you should have a mask with you at all times, with the expectation that you put it on when you come into close contact with other people and prior to entering any building.

Wearing a mask reduces the chance of unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to someone else. A mask is not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and does not protect the wearer from the COVID-19 virus. A mask is just one protective measure and is not a substitute for physical distancing, regular 20-second hand washing and hand sanitizing, and additional cleaning protocols.

If you need a mask, you can make one from common household materials. The College has also received donations of homemade masks from generous community members. Donated masks can be picked up from the mail area in Sayles-Hill or the foyer of Hoppin House.

Am I permitted to have visitors in my on-campus residence this summer?

No. We aim to limit the number of people on campus.

Am I allowed to go to the Twin Cities or elsewhere in the state and return to my on-campus residence this summer?

We expect that you will remain on campus or in the surrounding community. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains our priority.

Cleaning & Disinfection

What changes are being made to campus restrooms in light of COVID-19?

Campus restrooms are disinfected daily by custodial staff, and disinfecting wipes are available for individual use as needed. All restrooms are currently being reviewed to accommodate physical distancing. Sinks and other fixtures that are too close to one another will be taken out of service in order to maintain 6 feet of separation. We expect some reduced capacity with this approach and will consider other options, like installing partitions, for those that will be significantly affected.

Will drinking fountains still be in service?

Most drinking fountains will be taken out of service. Bottle fill stations will remain in service if they are unaffected by the shutting off of drinking fountains.

Does the college plan to carry out wastewater testing to determine if COVID-19 is present on campus?

There is no plan for wastewater testing at this time. Given the multiple sewer lines that serve campus, we aren’t aware of a practical way to do this that would provide meaningful campus-wide data.

How is the college addressing air quality inside campus buildings?

We are working to optimize the performance of ventilation systems and maximizing the air exchange rates per guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and input from our in-house and outside engineers. Every air handler on campus is being cleaned and checked to ensure proper operation of the dampers and motors for air flow, as well as proper fitting of filters. We are also ensuring that campus spaces have access to fresh air either through a window or a central HVAC system.

What extra measures are being taken to clean campus buildings?

Custodial Services continues to clean and disinfect all public spaces daily in all buildings. Custodial Services is deep cleaning and disinfecting all vacant student housing.

Does the College have cleaning products that students can use?

Yes, all residential buildings have a supply of general cleaning supplies for student use.


Can I opt out of the meal plan?

The meal plan is required unless you have been released through an accommodation or live in a room where the meal plan is not required. 

Will kitchens be available in campus residence halls?

Yes, we expect that kitchens will continue to be available in residence halls, with some modifications. Those modifications are likely to include reserved time slots, occupancy limits, and cleaning requirements. 

Will students be able to eat together in the dining halls?

Yes. Campus dining spaces are already set up to accommodate physical distancing.

What will campus dining be like this fall?

Our dining halls will shift to an all-day service model, allowing for greater flexibility and eliminating congestion in dining spaces. For those who wish to take their meals to go, Dining Services will deploy an app for ordering from Sayles Café and will provide to-go containers in the dining halls. Other safety measures in our dining spaces will include physically distant queues and seating arrangements; plexiglass barriers between dining staff and diners; and strict sanitizing processes for tables, utensils, and shared spaces. All diners will be required to wash their hands before entering food service lines.

What are the summer 2020 dining options and hours?

Sayles Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is closed on weekends. A grill-out is offered every Wednesday.

Sayles is currently cashless, accepting meal plans, credit cards, and Schillers. Using Schillers qualifies diners for a 10% discount.

Dining halls will remain closed until students return to campus.

What is the College doing to limit the spread of germs in campus dining spaces?

Campus food handlers are specifically trained in proper safety and hygiene procedures. We follow all federal and state-level regulations. Additionally:

  • All diners are required to wash their hands before entering food service.
  • Pre-work temperature checks are being done for all dining managers and employees.
  • All dining staff members are wearing masks and gloves during service periods when in contact with students and as their jobs safely allow.
  • All meals are available to go.
  • We are disinfecting throughout each meal period.
  • We are changing service utensils every 30 minutes.
  • Self-service stations have been removed, including the salad bar.
  • We have adjusted seating arrangements in the dining hall to support social distancing guidelines.
  • All diners are invited to swipe their own card.

Can I use my meal plan to dine at St. Olaf?

Not at this time.

Services & Support

Will the library be open this fall?

Yes. The library staff has established a detailed plan for use and operation of the library in the fall. We will share more details soon.

Does Carleton’s student health insurance plan cover students while they are off campus?

You can locate an in-network provider or pharmacy via Wellfleet Student. Wellfleet also offers detailed information on its Coronavirus Updates page.

Can I get support related to Title IX issues while I’m off campus?

Yes. Carleton is committed to supporting all campus community members who have been impacted by sexual misconduct. Any Carleton student can access both on-campus and off-campus resources whether they are currently located on Carleton’s campus or studying remotely. Learn more.

How can I access technology support from off campus?

Information Technology Services has put together a technology support page for students describing how to set your timezone, how to access available software (to download or run remotely on a Carleton lab computer), how to scan and upload paper documents, and information about key resources like Zoom and the Google Suite. ITS also has a client portal from which you can create a problem ticket or ask for real-time help by chat. 

Activities & Athletics

A set of FAQs specific to student-athletes is available on the PEAR website.

Will recreational facilities be available for student use this fall?

Yes. We are working on plans that meet state guidelines and our own standards to ensure these spaces can operate safely.

Will the number of students who can attend a meeting or event be limited?

We will follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines regarding the number of people permitted to gather for events or meetings.

Will student groups and organizations be able to gather this fall?

Student organizations, traditions, and events are an integral and treasured part of the Carleton experience, and we are committed to making as many of these opportunities available as possible. Plans are still in development for field trips and other class activities, civic engagement and community work, and co-curricular activities and performances.

Will there be sports this fall?

Due to health and safety concerns, our varsity, club, and other athletic sports teams and organizations will not be able to participate in traditional competition this fall. Student-athletes will, however, be permitted to practice and train on campus, and our campus recreation spaces will be open with safety protocols in place.


If I take a leave of absence for the 2020-21 academic year, how will my financial aid be affected now and in the future?

Carleton is committed to meeting the financial need of students for 12 terms or 216 credits, whichever comes first. If you take the 2020-21 academic year off, your aid will be canceled for the current year. You will be considered withdrawn form Carleton and will need to go through the readmission process through the Dean of Students Office.

Since financial aid is awarded on a yearly basis, you will need to apply for aid prior to returning to Carleton. Assuming that your family’s financial situation has stayed about the same, you can expect your aid to be similar to what you have received in the past. The FAFSA and CSS Profile for the 2021-22 academic year will be available Oct. 1, 2020. Instruction about applying for aid can be viewed through Student Financial Services.

If I take a leave of absence for the 2020-21 academic year, will I have to make payments on my loans?

If you have taken out Federal Direct Student Loans, you will be sent information about Loan Exit Counseling, as this is required whenever a student’s enrollment drops below half time. Because you will be considered withdrawn, you will also enter your 6-month grace period and will be required to start making payments on the loan at the end of the grace period.

Once you are readmitted, your loans will go back into in-school status and payments will not be required until you graduate. However, the loans will start repayment within 30-60 days after graduation as you will have already used your grace period. Any new loans taken after your readmission would have the 6-month grace period. Your grace period starts the date you are withdrawn.

If you have any private alternative loans, you will need to contact the lender to find out their process. Any Carleton Loan or Henry Strong Loan will be processed similar to Federal Loans. However, if you have questions about your specific Carleton or Henry Strong loan, please contact Candace Koen in the Business Office.

Will student employment be available this fall?

We expect that both in-person and remote work options will be available to students this fall.

Will tuition change if Carleton has to move to 100% remote instruction?

We expect that tuition for the academic year will remain unchanged from the previously announced 2020-21 amount regardless of course delivery method.

Will there be a reduction in the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the academic year will remain unchanged from the previously announced 2020-21 amount. As was the case during the recent Spring Term, students who do not live in one of the College’s housing options will not be charged room and board. Our revised budget plan for the fiscal year 2021 incorporates reserves for financial aid, including contingencies for students with more financial need than might have been expected before the pandemic. We remain committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of every Carleton student.

I am facing a financial hardship. Can the College help me?

Yes. You may apply for emergency funding through the Dean of Students Office.


What factors would cause Carleton to adjust its plans for fall?

We are continuing to monitor the pandemic situation around the country and at other institutions of higher education, paying close attention to small, residential liberal arts colleges like Carleton, as well as those whose earlier return to campus will provide valuable experiential data. We are weighing this learning with what we know about our own local community and environment and the public health guidance being issued by the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Among the important trends we are watching in our area are the number of tests available and being administered, positive test rates, hospitalization capacity, adherence to community standards designed to address public health, and the presence of outbreaks and clusters of infection.

The goal of our testing, contact tracing, quarantine, isolation, and other public health strategies is to keep the infection reproduction number at Carleton as low as possible. There are several key data that will be collected to help us track this—in particular, the number of students on campus who test positive, daily symptom reports, quarantine and isolation space capacity, and case clusters tied to specific events or behaviors. Guidance not just from the MDH but also from the Rice County Public Health Department and our external consultants is also critical in setting our future course. Such attention to trends and data will help us anticipate shifts in the environment and adjust our plans accordingly.

Given its late start date, will Carleton be watching how a return to campus goes for other schools that start in mid-August?

Yes. We are paying close attention to small, residential liberal arts colleges like Carleton, as well as those whose earlier return to campus will provide valuable experiential data. We are weighing this learning with what we know about our own local community and environment and the public health guidance being issued by the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

What does Carleton need in order to fully reopen its campus?

We are taking guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and our public health contacts, as well as evaluating the situation on campus this fall, in order to make determinations about future operations.

How is Carleton working with the broader Northfield community in formulating its plans?

We have engaged with the City of Northfield and St. Olaf College throughout the planning process. We are also in regular communication with the Northfield Hospital.