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Planning Your Visit

How do you set up a Carleton visit? It's easy:

  • Browse the Campus Visit Calendar to see what's happening on your proposed visit dates. 
  • Determine how much time you have to spend on campus.
  • Decide which activities you'd like to experience:
    • Tours (1 hour)
    • Interview (1 hour)
    • Group Information Session (1 hour)
    • Class Visits (M, W - 70 minutes, F - 60 minutes, Tu, Th - 105 minutes)
    • Overnight stay with a current student
  • Use our Visit Request Form to submit your visit request online, or call us at 1-800-995-CARL (2275). Planning a good visit takes time so please register two weeks prior to your visit. Your visit itinerary will be confirmed via e-mail.

There are a variety of things to do while you're on campus:

Campus Tours

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.

Group Information Sessions

An admissions counselor can answer all of your questions at an informational session, which provides a general overview of Carleton and the admission process.


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 e-mail us at 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).

Overnight Stays

Learn what it's really like to be a student here by staying overnight with a Carleton student in a residence hall. 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. Although all students are welcome to visit to campus, only high school seniors are allowed to stay overnight with an Admissions host.