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International Applicants

The application process for international students begins by filling out the same application forms as U.S. applicants. See our How to Apply page for those instructions.

Below are additional instructions that apply only to international students.  For the purposes of application processing, when we use the term "international students," we're referring to students who do not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, regardless of where they or their parents live, or where they go to school. 

Certification of Finances

All international applicants, whether or not they are applying for financial aid, must submit the Certification of Finances.

Applying Early Decision vs. Regular Decision

Carleton has always welcomed Early Decision applications from international students who are not requesting any financial assistance. We have traditionally asked students applying for international scholarships to use our Regular Decision option, to allow all applicants to be considered at one time for scholarship assistance.

However, due to increased demand, Carleton will consider a few exceptionally qualified international scholarship applicants for Early Decision. This decision is binding and students must withdraw all other applications once they have accepted Carleton's offer of admission. During Early Decision only a very limited number of full and partial international student scholarships will be awarded.

Students who have applied to Carleton via Early Decision will be either admitted, denied or rolled over to the Regular Decision pool. Many highly-qualified candidates may be rolled over to Regular Decision, since the majority of our international scholarships will continue to be awarded via the Regular Decision process.

Students moved into the Regular Decision pool would no longer be subject to Carleton's binding Early Decision plan, and could continue to pursue their applications to other colleges and universities.

Students who are admitted with an international scholarship via Regular Decision have until May 1 to confirm their acceptance; failure to notify Carleton by this deadline may result in loss of the scholarship.

TOEFL and IELTS Test Scores

Students whose first language is not English must submit results of either the TOEFL or IELTS. We have found that international students with scores in these ranges are best prepared to study and learn at Carleton College:

  • PBT (paper based TOEFL): 600 and above
  • IBT (internet based TOEFL): 100 and above
  • CPT (computer based TOEFL): 250 and above
  • IELTS: 7.0 and above 

Please see our Admission Requirements page to learn more about the qualifications the Admissions committee hopes to see in Carleton applicants.

Undocumented Students

Each year we consider applications from students living in the United States without documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.  We've created a special page to address the admissions and financial aid concerns of undocumented students who are interested in attending Carleton.