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Carleton's Leadership

Carleton's strength in the sciences:

Carleton has long upheld a tradition of excellence in the sciences and mathematics. The faculty’s investigative, collaborative approach to science has proven popular: In the past decade, more than 30% of students have received their bachelor of arts degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics and astronomy.

Carleton’s record of achievement includes:

  • Carleton is ranked second among all undergraduate colleges in the number of its students awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowships for further study during the past five years.
  • In recent years, about 75% of all Carleton students pursue an advanced degree, most within five years of graduation.
  • Carleton ranks first overall among liberal arts colleges for PhD graduates in the sciences and mathematics, including first in physics and astronomy, fourth in biology, first in chemistry, and first in geology.

Carleton’s commitment to teaching:

“The best part about teaching at Carleton is being around students and faculty members who see education not only as an investment in their future, but as a consumption good. If students believe in their bones that a liberal arts education is fundamentally liberating, the motivation they have to take full advantage of their four years at Carleton comes easily. Since faculty members certainly see a liberal arts education this way, the joint purpose makes the intellectual collaboration between students and faculty, which is at the heart of a truly great education, so rewarding, exciting, and fun.” — Faculty member

  • Carleton placed sixth overall this year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the best colleges in the country. Carleton again ranked first in alumni giving, a measure of alumni satisfaction with the school.
  • In 1995, in a one-time only ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carleton's faculty number one among national liberal arts colleges in terms of "an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching." The magazine asked college presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions to assess the quality of teaching at colleges similar to their own, and Carleton came out on top.
  • Carleton has a full-time faculty of 200, 96% of whom hold the most advanced degree offered in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class size is 18.

Carleton’s commitment to international understanding:

  • For more than 3 decades, Carleton has been a leader in broadening its on-campus curriculum with off-campus study programs. Two-thirds of Carleton students participate in off-campus studies at least once during their four years. Students take part in over 100 different programs in 45 countries.
  • Carleton ranks 10th nationally among small colleges in the number of graduates serving in the Peace Corps. There are currently 17 Carleton alumni in the Peace Corps.
  • The Carleton student body includes 8% international students from 42 countries. The College offers a concentration in cross-cultural studies that brings together international students and American students who have cross-cultural experience to explore global issues and problems in a comparative, collaborative framework.
  • Carleton is a member of the International 50, a group of four-year colleges and universities commended for long-term commitments to international affairs and excellence in education for future leaders.