I am an international student, and I am not sure if I should apply as a transfer or freshman applicant. Can you help me? The Admissions Office says:Yes, please provide more details and we’ll be glad to help.
The Admissions Office says:
Carleton accepts a number of transfer students for each fall term (we do not do rolling admissions). Transfer applications can be done through the Common Application and they differ only slightly from those of prospective freshman. These differences are:
- Your personal essay should provide some insight into why you are looking to transfer and why Carleton is a good match for you.
- Your recommendations should be recent. If you have only completed 1 semester of college, it is reasonable to include two high school recommenders. If, however, you have completed more than one year, we advise that at least one recommendation be from a recent professor.
- You should include both high school and college transcripts.
Students wishing to apply for the fall term should submit applications prior to March 31, and will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision before May 15. All transfer applicants are expected to submit results from the College Board's SAT I or the American College Test. To qualify for the Carleton degree, students must spend at least two years in residence including the senior year.
The SAT tests are not available in my country, what should I do? The Admissions Office says:We will waive this requirement for students in this situation. Let us know by email or letter that this is the case for you.
My documents are not in English. Do I need to translate my documents before sending them? The Admissions Office says:Yes, we need certified translations of your documents.
I live outside the U.S. Can I send admission documents by fax or email? The Admissions Office says:Yes, you may fax them to 507-222-4526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that school transcripts and test scores need to be sent by a school official.
The school system in my country doesn't calculate GPA. What should I do? The Admissions Office says:We know that GPA (grade point average) is not used in many non-US schools so this question may be left blank on your application. It would be helpful if your school official or counselor could submit the “International Supplement” from the Common Application which explains grading and curriculum in your school.
As an international student, will I have a better chance of being admitted if I offer to pay for my first year and apply for financial aid after I have been admitted? The Admissions Office says:We ask students to provide a budget for all four years of attendance at the time of the initial application. If you have not applied for financial assistance as a freshman it is not typically possible to apply for it in another year.