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Otherwise, first browse the links below for answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Recently Answered Questions about Residential Life

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  • Q: What does the social life of a student consist of? Are parties considered a normality or a matter of expulsion?
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    The Admissions Office:

    The answer to the first question is: the social life depends on the student. For some, the perfect Friday night is spent watching movies with friends. For others it is spent at a coffee shop, or holding a bonfire on Mai Fete Island. Maybe it's running in the arboretum, or playing Frisbee with floor-mates. And since this is Carleton, there is probably someone playing Scrabble somewhere, or knitting, or juggling.

    As to the second question: a party certainly isn't a reason to expel someone. No one, to our knowledge, has died from dancing badly, or often. Because this is a college, and because some of our students are over 21, there are parties that involve alcohol (though there are plenty that do not). If a party involves alcohol, we expect students to make healthy and legal choices. If someone makes poor choices, then each case is dealt with individually and in accordance with school policy.

    See how some of our students describe campus life.