When are applications due?

Important Dates:

  • December 16, 2019
    • Application Release for Summer 2020
  • February 14, 2020
    • 1st Round Deadline
  • March 16, 2020
    • 2nd Round Deadline

Applications received after March 16, 2020, 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.

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, 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 and we will help arrange a solution.

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Need more information? Send your question to summer@carleton.edu; we’re happy to help!