Skip Navigation

How would you describe academic life at Carleton?

  • Marielle Foster '16
    Intense, fast, and fulfilling. The school does a great job helping people blow off steam, whether that is through petting puppies or having a silent dance party during finals week, or bringing giant bouncy houses indoors for us to play in during the dead of winter.
  • Kelsey Parsons '13
    We work hard for our weekends.
  • Marlena Hartman-Filson '13
    Academics at Carleton are rigorous - there's no way of getting around that. Professors expect you to have not only completed the assignments, but put a good bit of thought into them too. Although it takes a little extra time, the reward of interesting, intellectual classroom discussions makes the extra work well worth the effort.
  • Asim Manizada '13
    Very challenging (in the best way possible). I do not like to characterize it as hard because I am afraid that it sends out the wrong message... Professors here are not going to give you an easy pass, but this will be manifested through intellectually stimulating assignments -- not busywork. This characteristic makes virtually all of the classes enjoyable.
  • Emily Balczewski '16
    Academic life here changes term-by-term. It is key to have a balanced schedule and to explore all of Carleton's fabulous departments. Students here do care about grades, but I think there is a positive culture here that values learning more.
  • Sara Hooker '13
    Academic life at Carleton is challenging. Carleton primarily builds its reputation on academic prowess and it takes this responsibility very seriously. All students here have excelled in high school and most graduated near the top of their classes. This makes for a classroom where students perform to a high standard and go beyond it. At the same time however, students are really open to learning together and I have never felt like I couldn't approach someone else for help.
  • Anna Chance '15
    Difficult but also within a very accommodating and supportive framework. It's OK to struggle, it's OK to fail. Professors are there to help you get better and to learn. Everyone is good at "their thing." Even if you are SUPER BAD at something like math (like me), no one on campus will judge you for that. Teachers and other students are there TO HELP. The only expectation is that you to work hard, and to care about the work that you do.