Welcome to Carleton!

We want to help our new students make the transition from high school and home to Carleton College as smoothly as possible. To guide you on your way, we’ve created this information center specifically for new students. If you still have questions after you’ve read these pages, feel free to contact us for assistance.

  • All new students should review this website.
  • International students should visit the Information for International Students site for information about attending International Student Orientation. All international students attending Carleton on a U.S. government-issued visa are required to attend.
  • Transfer students should also review the Information for Transfer Students.

Mailing #1 (for students):

Mailing #1 was sent from Carleton on May 13, 2022. This letter contains the student’s permanent Carleton username and a temporary password (which should be changed upon initial logiin), which you will use to sign in and complete forms that are due over the summer. You cannot access these forms with the credentials you used during the admissions process. If you do not have your mailing by June 3, please contact Karen in the Office of the Provost at kmoldenh@carleton.edu.

Mailing #2 (for parents):

Mailing #2 was sent from Carleton on May 20, 2022. Parents may also find this mailing, in its entirety, on the New Student Checklist. Please note: Carleton’s fall term begins in mid-September, and though registration information is available by the middle of July, First-Year students don’t begin registration until mid-August.

Logistics for Fall 2023:

  • New Student Week is Tuesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 10, 2023
  • Residence halls open: 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
  • Parents leave campus: By 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
  • Flights for winter break: Students can leave campus for winter break after their last exam is finished, as determined by their professors. The residential halls close at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, so please ensure any travel plans have students vacating their spaces prior to that time. Housing information can be found on the Residential Life website.
  • For transportation and arrival information, see the Move-In Day Resources page.
  • Family Weekend is October 13 – 15, 2023