Traditionally, Family Weekend is held each fall at midterm to give parents and families a sense of what campus life is like for their students. Although we are unable to welcome you to campus this year, we are planning several virtual events to give families a look at the Carleton experience.

Whether your Carl is a first-year or senior, sessions are intended for everyone, and we hope families from every class year will find something of interest to participate in!

All times listed below are Central Daylight Time (UTC -5)


Monday, October 5 | 12:00 noon

“Life on Campus 30 Days Into Fall Term”

A live Zoom session with Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston. View a recording of the session below.


Monday, October 12 | 6:00 pm

“COVID-19 Protocols and Clinical Services”

A live Zoom session with Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) Director Marit Lysne. View a recording of the session below.


Friday, October 16 | 4:00–6:00 pm

Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium

During this synchronous session, you will be able to explore a range of students’ summer experiences with research and internships and connect with students. Once on the Symposium platform, attendees can expect to watch short videos, view posters online, and exchange comments with some of the presenters in real-time.

Many of the research and internship experiences were made possible with the support of generous donors.

The session will remain open through October 26, for additional asynchronous viewing and comments.


Saturday, October 17: Virtual Family Weekend

A Video Message from President Poskanzer


Live virtual campus tour | 9:00–10:00 am

Autumn Campus

If you’ve never been to campus, or if you’re curious about what life is like on campus this term, join this live virtual campus tour with student guides. The students will show you around and will also offer time for Q&A. View a recording of the tour.


Coffee and conversation with Carleton families | 11 am–noon CDT

Coffe cup with foam in the shape of a Carleton logo

Bring your beverage of choice to this casual social event, and meet fellow Carleton parents and family members in small breakout rooms. We’ll also have a short video showing campus life and some Carleton trivia to start off! Whether you have advice to offer to other parents, are looking for advice, or simply want to connect with other members of the Carleton community, this is a great opportunity to meet families from all over.


Live virtual campus tour | 4:00–5:00 pm

Autumn on Campus

If you’ve never been to campus, or if you’re curious about what life is like on campus this term, join this live virtual campus tour with student guides. The guides will show you around and will also offer time for Q&A. View a (partial) recording of the tour.


Faculty Teaching Videos

One more reason to tune in on October 17! A series of short videos highlighting a few of this fall’s first-year Argument and Inquiry seminars:

  • Daniel Groll, Assoc. Professor of Philosophy: “Family Values: The Ethics of Being a Family”
  • George Shuffelton, Professor of English: “How We Read: the History and Science of Reading”
  • Cindy Blaha, George H. and Marjorie F. Dixon Professor of Physics and Astronomy: “Science in the News”
  • Kathleen Ryor, Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Art History: “The Cultural Life of Plants in China“
  • Cherlon Ussery, Assoc. Professor of Linguistics: “The Noun”

Monday, October 19 | 6:00 pm

“Academic Advising During the First and Second Years”

A live Zoom session with Al Montero, Associate Dean & Director of Advising (and Professor of Political Science).


Tuesday, November 10 | 12:00 noon CDT

“Career Strategies for Navigating COVID-19”

A live Zoom session with Career Center Director RJ Holmes-Leopold and Associate Director Rachel Leatham.