Planning Your Visit
Setting up a visit to Carleton is pretty easy. To help us create a meaningful visit for you, we ask that you arrange your visit at least two weeks in advance.
First, determine what you want to do on campus (detailed descriptions here):
- Group Information Session
- Class Visits
- Overnight stay with a current student
Next, figure out what day(s) you'd like to come to campus. Need some help figuring that out?
- Be sure to check our Calendar of Admissions Visit Options to see what's happening in Admissions.
- You might also want to check our College Events Calendar to see what's going on around campus.
- Remember, we're on a trimester calendar. Many prospective students find it helpful to visit when classes are in session.
Finally, arrange the visit with our office using our online forms:
- Campus Visits for first-time visitors
- Interviews for seniors and transfer students
- Return Visits to get a second look
Having trouble? Give us a call at 1-800-995-CARL (2275).
A campus tour will give you an appreciation of Carleton's facilities and grounds, including the library, academic and social buildings, student residences, and athletic and recreational facilities. The tours are conducted by students, which gives you an opportunity to ask them what it's like to be a Carl. You're also encouraged to walk around on your own or to visit downtown Northfield--just a few blocks from campus.
These sessions are designed to give you an introduction to Carleton, including our academic programs, student life, and the admissions process. You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, too. These sessions are typically led by an admissions officer.
An interview with an admissions staff member is not required at Carleton, but we strongly encourage it for high school seniors and transfer students. It's an opportunity for us to get to know you as much as it's an opportunity for you to learn more about the College. It's a mutual exchange of information, not an interrogation. We do not require an interview and are only able to interview high school seniors until January 15 of their senior year. Transfer students can interview with us through February 15. Don't panic if you missed the deadline - there are plenty of students who come to Carleton without having an admissions interview.
NOTE: If you cannot come to campus to interview, we invite you to meet with a Carleton alumnus/a who has been trained to do interviews in your area. These alumni interviews can be scheduled between September 1 and January 15 of your senior year of high school. Please contact us to get more information about setting up an alumni interview.
Experience the challenge and intellectual excitement of Carleton's academic life by attending a class that interests you. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Class selection for visiting is best on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes last 70 minutes (on Fridays they are shortened to 60 minutes to allow for the weekly convocation). The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and last 105 minutes (hence, the preference for Mon., Wed. and Fri. classes by visitors).
Please have a few subject areas in mind before registering and we will make every effort to accommodate your requests. Due to space limitations, class visits are reserved for prospective students only (no parents or siblings).
Learn what it's really like to be a student here by staying overnight with a Carleton student in a residence hall. Although all students are welcome to visit to campus, only high school seniors are allowed to stay overnight with an Admissions host. These stays are available only when Carleton is in session, and in the spring, are limited to admitted students. To accommodate as many visitors as possible, we can arrange for you to stay in a residence hall for one night only.