About the Program
The CLAE application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2014.
The CLAE application for the summer or 2014 will be available in the winter of 2014. Join our mailing list to receive news and updated communication from our office.
Saturday, July 5 to Friday, July 11, 2014
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology. Past course offerings included:
- DNA Fingerprinting: The Science of Forensics
- Write Your Way In: Strategies for Success on Your College Application
- Economics: Tools for Business, Public Policy and Life
- The Achievement Gap
- Religion and the Black Freedom Struggle
- Motown and American Culture
In addition, workshops are offered to assist participants with their high school and college careers. Past workshop offerings have included:
- ACT & SAT Preparation
- Keys to Getting Into College: What You Need to Know about the Application Process and Financial Aid
Students of African American descent or students who have an interest in African American culture are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be college-bound high school students who are current sophomores.
How to Apply
Letters may still be submitted on an applicant's behalf through April 1, 2014. Letters may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to #(507) 222-4526 --Attention: CLAE.
The CLAE application includes four sections:
- A CLAE application
- A series of six essays in which students elaborate on academic and personal interests, community involvement, and leadership experience. Answers are typically a paragraph to a half-page in length.
- At least one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher. Additional letters will be accepted as well.
- A high school transcript that shows BOTH 9th and 10th grade marks. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
HOW TO SUBMIT MATERIALS
CLAE materials may be
- Emailed to email@example.com
- Faxed to (507) 222-4526 --Attention: CLAE
- Mailed to CLAE
100 South College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
CLAE APPLICATIONS AND ALL SUPPORTING MATERIALS ARE POSTMARKED DUE ON APRIL 1, 2014.
The CLAE selection committee will choose 50 students based on their academic record, personal essays, and recommendations. Applicants will be notified regarding CLAE decisions via postal mail shortly after May 12, 2014.
Accepted students receive free room, board, tuition, and travel costs for the one-week CLAE program. Participants should bring money for airport baggage fees and incidental costs.
Transportation to and from Carleton College will be provided. Additional details will accompany acceptance materials.
Students, who will be supervised and mentored throughout the program by 10 CLAE staff members, live with a roommate in Carleton residence halls, and will have access to the cultural and recreational facilities of the campus: concert hall, basketball and racquetball courts, indoor track, frisbee and soccer fields, and an 880-acre arboretum with 13 miles of hiking and jogging trails.
Besides studying, students will participate in a variety of group activities, which may include a chaperoned trip to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area or to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
CLAE is a residential program that requires full-time residence at the College for the duration of the program. Students are expected to arrive on campus the first day of the program and remain on campus, with the exception of CLAE-sponsored excursions. Only in cases of emergency, with the program director's approval, may students be absent from the program. We make no exceptions.
Brian Swann, Director of Outreach Programs
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience
100 South College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Carleton College has long upheld a tradition of providing equal opportunity to all people. The following nondiscrimination statement is stipulated in the Minnesota State Statutes: As required by state and federal law, Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, age, or disability in the providing employment or in its educational programs and activities.