Students Say...

What's it really like to live at Carleton? We asked current students to describe it in their own words. Below is a sampling of their uncensored comments.



  • Life at Carleton is fast-paced! The ten week terms are short but it's remarkable how much you learn and do in a single term. Here are the words I can conjure up to describe my experience: early mornings, late nights, unpredictable weather, exciting conversations, indulgent food, live music, problem sets, loud laughs, and unforgettable friends. I'm very grateful for the experiences I've had here so far and I'm looking forward to many more.Caffi Meyer '15
  • Being at Carleton is 100% more awesome than being a dinosaur. I don't care which dinosaur or how awesome it is.Rachel Porcher ‘13
  • Carleton is very open. You can do almost anything you want. But just because you CAN do something does not mean you SHOULD do something.Simon Johansen ‘14
  • Bring a gorilla suit to college! Whether it is Carleton or SMU, the gorilla suit is a must for weekends, pranks, and sometimes even the occasional class. Plus, if you have a popular name like mine, people can easily distinguish you as "Gorilla Josh" as opposed to "Normal Josh.Josh Carson ‘14
  • The winter isn't really as bad as everyone says. It's the summer weather you want to avoid.Alexandra Price ‘13
  • You can essentially do anything you want at Carleton. If you want to party, there will be parties for you to go to. If you want to be in the library studying on a Saturday night, there will be people in there with you. If you want to play Ultimate every day for 4 years, you can do that too. You can do all of the above if you want to.Simon Johansen ‘14
  • There is any type of social life you want here. Want a dance party? Want a Disney-Movie-Night? Want to geek out with some RPG's? It's all happening on campus. It's just hard trying to figure which you want to do most.Julia Leghorn ‘14
  • Of course there are many people who will go out and party on Friday and Saturday nights, but if that's not your thing, you WILL find other people with the same interests. People also won't judge you.Freshman