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How to Apply to Carleton

You can start your application with the optional Part I, a simple form that lets us know that you plan to apply. You have three options for submitting an application, and none of them require an application fee. We don't have a preference for any one application form, so simply choose the one that works best for you!

Common Application

Many students applying to Carleton will find that the Common App is a good option. We have a brief supplement that you'll prepare on the Common App website.

Use the Common Application


Carleton is a College Partner with QuestBridge, a nationwide program designed to serve high-achieving, low-income students. Sound like you? Read on to learn more.

Use the QuestBridge Application

Coalition Application

Carleton is a proud member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. The Coalition platform offers an application for admission, as well as a platform for you to collaborate with the important mentors in your life.

Use the Coalition Application