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  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    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.
    Tags: Applying
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    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.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    Is an interview required for international applicants? The Admissions Office says:
    No, interviews are not required in any way for admission.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    Can international students defer their entry to Carleton for a year? The Admissions Office says:
    Yes, but this needs to be requested in writing from our Dean of Admissions and a proposed plan for the year (not enrollment at another institution) is also needed.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    Can you give me an idea of preferred scores for TOEFL and IELTS exams? The Admissions Office says:
    We have found that 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
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    I cannot submit a "guidance counselor" recommendation because my school does not have a position like that. What should I do? The Admissions Office says:
    A recommendation from a school official or principal is acceptable if you do not have a guidance counselor.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    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 admissionsglobal@carleton.edu Remember that school transcripts and test scores need to be sent by a school official.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    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.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    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.
    Tags: Applying
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    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.
    Tags: Applying
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    I'm from another country. Can I work to help pay for my education? Do I need a social security number? The Admissions Office says:
    Yes, if you receive financial assistance from Carleton College part of that aid will come from your on-campus employment. A social security number is not required for non-U.S. students.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    How could I contact current international students at Carleton? The Admissions Office says:
    Our international student web site contains a link which will give you a list of Carleton international students who would love to talk with you.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    As an international student, am I eligible for Financial Aid? The Admissions Office says:
    International students are not eligible for federal aid. However, Carleton works to meet 100% of every student's demonstrated financial need. We do accept a few international students every year whose financial need is met through a combination of grants, scholarships, and loans. Learn more about financial aid for international students.
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