After reviewing 8,583 applications—a new record for the College—the Admissions Office admitted 16% of those students who applied. On March 18, offers of admission were released to 1,396 prospective students, inviting the newest Carls to join the Class of 2026.
The admitted group represents great academic promise, diversity and experiences that will further enrich the Carleton community. Of schools that rank, 82% are in the top 10% of their class. Sixty-three percent of students who applied submitted standardized test scores with their application.
The admitted students this year are more diverse. Students who identify as BIPOC include 2% Native American, 22% Asian/Pacific Islander, 13% Black/African American, and 14% Hispanic/Latinx. International students comprise 9% of those admitted. Additionally, first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds qualifying for Pell grants each represent 16% of all admitted students respectively.
Admitted students represent the globe, hailing from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and 51 countries.
Already, the Class of 2026 includes 250 students admitted through the fall and winter early decision programs. The remaining members of the class have until May 1 to decide on Carleton, for an expected first-year class totaling 540 new students. Admitted students will have the opportunity to visit the campus throughout the month of April, with two Accepted Student Experience events planned for April 15 and April 25.