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Carleton 101: Fast Facts about Carleton

Carleton Students

Carleton students are bright, and approach learning with enthusiasm, energy, and playfulness.

Total students 2,023
Total first-year students, fall 2013 529
National Merit finalists, Class of 2017 71
Top 10% of high school class 80%
Top 20% of high school class 96%
SAT middle 50% range (math + verbal) 1330-1520
ACT middle 50% range (composite) 29-33
1st year retention 96%
4-year grad rate 91%
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Caroline Giese talks about Carleton's academic environment

Outside the Classroom

Carleton students are passionate about everything, inside and outside the classroom.

Students participating in varsity sports 25%
Number of club sports 27
Students participating in intramural sports 80%
Number of student organizations 130+
Number of arts organizations 20+
Students who have studied abroad 74%
Student-run service and volunteer programs 36+
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Peter Schlesinger talks about making friends through extracurricular activities

Financial Aid

Cost should be no barrier to attending Carleton.

Percentage of students receiving need-based aid 57%
Average need-based grant award $31,848
Average need-based financial aid award $40,569
Percentage of Class of 2011 who borrowed at any point 44%
Average loan debt, Class of 2013 (National average: ~$29,000) ~$18,000
Last reported Stafford Loan default rate 0%
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Erin Jones talks about Carleton's flexible financial aid


Carleton's faculty are highly respected scholars and researchers, but above all, their first priority is teaching.

Number of faculty members 243
Average class size 18
Faculty to student ratio 1:9
Hold the highest degree in their field 93%
Identify themselves as people of color 24%
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Avantika Jalan talks about professor-student interaction

After Graduation

Our alumni are exceptional people who do exceptional things.

Post-grad fellowships/scholarships (2010) 164
Fulbright scholars (2010) 13
National ranking for Fulbright scholars 4th
National Science Foundation (2010) 62
NCAA Postgraduate Fellowship 20
National ranking for academic doctoral degrees earned by graduates 3rd
National ranking in % of alumni giving to college 1st
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Marquita Davis explains why she chose a liberal arts college