When to Arrive, What to Expect and How to Get Here
Arriving at Carleton
Students must arrive on International Student Arrival Day (September 6th, 2013) and NOT before. The campus will be inaccessible, with residence halls closed and the staff busy preparing for orientation. The International Student Orientation (September 6th- September 9th) is organized so that students can become familiar with the campus and take care of practical details, such as opening a bank account and shopping for personal items during the first few days. There is no need to worry about these tasks before arriving at Carleton. Students participating in orientation will be provided with a blanket, pillow, towel, and sheets. It is not necessary to purchase these items ahead of time.
Finding Your Way To Carleton
International students are strongly encouraged to arrive on the International Student Arrival Day (September 6th) at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. This is the only date on which students will be met at the airport by Carleton College staff. In order to ensure being met at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport on International Student Arrival Day, students must communicate their exact flight information - flight numbers and arrival times of all flights (including connecting flights) - to Carleton College well in advance of the arrival date.
Complete the Arrival Information Form by August 15, 2013
If you are are arriving at other times, the Carleton Admissions office has excellent information about Getting to Carleton. You may want to bookmark and/or print out this page for future reference.
Students are strongly encouraged to arrive at Carleton College any time between 9 am and 10 pm, so you have time to settle before activities begin.
Students should go directly to the lounge in the lower level of Parish House. Parish House is located on Third Street, between College and Winona Streets.
There will be a welcome desk with several Carleton Orientation Leaders to receive you and show you to your permanently assigned dormitory room. You will receive your room key, Carleton College identification card, and other orientation materials at this time. You will also receive your linens and telephone at that time. The Orientation Leaders, many of whom are returning international students, will be available to help you unpack and introduce you to the campus. No formal activities are planned for this day.
Late Night Arrivals
Students who unavoidably arrive in the middle of the night should go directly to the Carleton College Office of Security to receive their key and be escorted to their rooms. The office is located on the second floor of Sayles Hill Campus Center. In case of an unforeseeable delay or emergency, students should call the Associate Director of Intercultural & International Life at +1.507.222.4451 and leave a detailed message. The Associate Director of International Student Programs will retrieve messages several times each day and during the night. You can also reach him on his cell phone at 1-952-454-0068.
Arriving with Family Members
A small number of international students prefer to travel to Carleton College with a parent or a family member, sometimes touring the area before International Student Arrival Day. Students should understand that Carleton College is not equipped to lodge family members at the time of International Student Orientation. Family members should organize their travel and lodging through a reputable travel agent using the following suggestions. The Carleton Admissions office maintains a list of local accommodations to assist campus visitors.
Welcome Breakfast and Family Farewell
On September 7th there will be a group breakfast for students, parents, family members, friends and invited faculty and staff. After breakfast, family members are strongly encouraged to say their good-byes to their students. The International Student Orientation program is full of activities and it is important that students get down to the business of adapting to their new lives at Carleton College and settling into their rooms without distraction. This is the best moment for students to begin making that transition. We have found that parents who remain in Northfield beyond this day distract the students. Parents should spend quality time in the U.S. with their children before arrival day. There will be ample opportunity for parents to visit their children on Family Weekends or during vacation periods over the next four years.