Frequently Asked Questions
When should I arrive?
Generally we suggest volunteers arrive on campus by Noon on Friday, August 23. When you get to campus, please visit the Registration Desk on the first floor of the Weitz Center for Creativity (located at 3rd Street East and College Street) to pick up your room assignment, key, resident hall access card, and CAVE materials.
If you are arriving before 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 22 - check in at the Alumni Relations Office in Bird House, located at 400 E. First Street (corner of First & College Sts) across from the Chapel.
Late Arrivals – If you arrive after 6 p.m. on Thursday or Friday, Security Services will have your key and residence hall access card. To arrange pickup, call them at 507-222-4444; they will pick up your call on their two-way radio and arrange a time and place to meet you. There is a campus phone located outside the Student Activities Office in Sayles-Hill, and from that phone you can dial x4444. You can pick up your other materials after 8 a.m. on Friday or Saturday at the registration desk in the Weitz Center for Creativity.
How do I get to campus from the airport?
*Please note that Carleton will reimburse for transportation to and from the airport, up to $100. Please refer to the Volunteer Expense Policy for details.
Car rental is available from many different companies at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. If you are interested, please contact any of them directly. We have found in the past that renting a car is often the most economical way to travel to and from the airport.
EcoTrans of Northfield
EcoTrans of Northfield advertises that they provide transportation from and to the St. Paul and Red Wing AmTrak stations and the Minneapolis/St. Paul bus stations, in addition to the airport. Call 507-664-3859 to make a reservation (required) or visit http://www.goecotrans.com/ for more information.
First Choice Shuttle offers many options for transport from the airport and other destinations: call 866-444-9696 or visit their web site, http://www.youarriveontime.com/
4-hour advance reservations required. Cost is $230 round trip between Northfield and the airport per trip regardless of the number of passengers. Major credit cards accepted. For reservations, call 877-503-9482 or visit http://www.archerlimo.com/. If you reserve by phone, tell them you are a Carleton College alumni volunteer. If you reserve online, please note this in the comment section.
Northfield Metro Express
The Northfield Metro Express features multiple route times, seven days a week with convenient stop locations at Carleton, St. Olaf, downtown Northfield, Mpls/St. Paul International Airport, and the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Learn more at http://www.northfieldlines.com/.
Can I share transportation from the airport?
As we receive information about volunteer arrival and departure times, we will make that information available so that you may coordinate your travel arrangements with other alumni if you so choose.
Where will I be staying?
All Reunion and Alumni Annual Fund volunteers will be housed in air-conditioned residence halls on campus, both comfortable and convenient!
What do I need to bring?
Sheets, a blanket, pillow, and towels will be provided. You may wish to bring an alarm clock, reading lamp, and a few hangers.
Can I use my laptop?
Carleton College has gone “wireless” in some locations on campus. ITS has provided a map to help you locate the various wireless access points.