General FAQ’s

When are applications due?

Important Dates:

  • January 2021
    • Application Opens
  • Mid-March 2021
    • Application Deadline
  • April 2021
    • Decisions Released

Applications received after the application deadline will be considered as Full Pay applications, and their review status will be dependent on program space.

View the requirements for your application type to make sure you have submitted all necessary documents before the deadline.

When will I receive my admissions decision?

Admission decisions will be sent through email about 1 month after the deadline for each round. Our review process is lengthy as we have faculty and SLAI staff review each application. After review, all decisions are made by an admissions committee. We appreciate your patience as we collect documents and review applications.

How selective is SLAI?

Our pre-college programs are built for motivated and high-achieving students. We are selective in our application process, as students are reviewed by Carleton faculty and staff before their application is discussed by the admission committee. Some programs are more competitive than others, and in general we encourage students to apply before the 1st Round Deadline.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! SLAI prioritizes the elimination of social and financial barriers that can impact access to high quality educational opportunities. Therefore, applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarship support. Need-based scholarship applicants may identify with the following groups: low and middle income, DACA, first generation, and underrepresented demographic groups. If you question your eligibility for a need-based scholarship, please contact our office at

How much does SLAI cost?

Tuition costs vary by program, but each tuition amount is all-inclusive. View the Costs page for details. Scholarships are available for students with financial need.

How heavy is the SLAI academic load?

The program courses will keep students challenged and busy. Each faculty member has different work expectations, so it is difficult to say the total amount of work that will be assigned. However, successful completion of the program awards the student 6 Carleton credits (one full class), a fact the faculty take very seriously when considering their projects and assignments.

When will I be able to specify my research preferences?

Upon acceptance and confirmation of attendance, you will be able to fill out a research preference form. We will take your selections into consideration, and we will email the research placements out by mid-May. While we aim to put every student in their 1st choice, we cannot guarantee placement in your 1st choice.

Do I need to bring spending money to SLAI?

Along with housing, meals, and laundry, all program activities and field trips are included in the cost of tuition to level the playing field for students. Students still often bring extra spending money for small trips to downtown Northfield or for shopping during free time. If spending money is out of reach for you, we encourage you to reach out to SLAI staff at, and we will help arrange a solution.

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2020 Deferred Admission FAQ’s

How do I know if I was deferred?

We contacted all of our deferred 2020 applicants in April, 2020. Generally, deferred admission applied to accepted sophomores (applicants who were sophomores for the 19-20 school year). If you were a Round 1 waitlisted applicant in 2020, we hope to see you reapply for SLAI 2021, but you are not eligible for deferment.

Do I need to submit anything right now?

Deferred admission emails were sent on April 29, 2020. You do not need to submit anything right now to accept the deferred admission. Please see the following SLAI 2021 deferment timeline for more details. You do not need to continue to submit any 2020 materials.

What is the timeline going forward for 2021 SLAI deferment?

Students with deferred admission will participate in Round 1 of the SLAI 2021 application process: 

  • Fall 2020: SLAI staff will email students with specific instructions about deferring admission for SLAI 2021 with requests for additional materials and associated deadlines
  • Mid-January 2021: SLAI 2021 Application Opens
  • Mid-February 2021: Round 1 Application Deadline
  • Mid-March 2021: Round 1 Decision emails sent

What will I need to submit during the 2021 application process?

We are working on an abridged application for our deferred students, which may include submission of updated academic information, financial information, a tuition deposit, or program-specific materials. Details about the process will be emailed to deferred students in the Fall of 2020.

Can I still apply to other 2021 SLAI programs?

Yes. Your deferred admission only applies to the program designated in your acceptance email, and you are welcome to apply for other SLAI 2021 programs via the normal application process.

Will the SLAI 2021 programs offer the same course and research topics as 2020?

Due to varying faculty availability, course topics and program content may change for 2021 programs, so we encourage you to check our website in the fall for updates.

What will happen to the acceptance materials I’ve submitted for SLAI 2020?

We will keep any materials you’ve submitted so far on file, but you will need to submit updated materials and forms in the spring of 2021. You do not need to continue to submit any 2020 materials.

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