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How to Apply to Carleton

You can start your application with the optional Part I, a simple form that lets us know that you plan to apply. You have three options for submitting an application, and none of them require an application fee. We don't have a preference for any one application form, so simply choose the one that works best for you!

Part I

Part I is the first (and optional) step in applying to Carleton, and it's usually available around August 1 of your senior year. Submitting Part I lets us know that you consider yourself an applicant, even before you complete the full application process. This helps us keep in touch with you and guide you through the process for submitting and tracking the remaining documents we require. Carleton waives the application fee for those who submit Part I.

Part I: Your First Step

Common Application

Many students applying to Carleton will find that the Common App is a good option. We have a brief supplement that you'll prepare on the Common App website.

Use the Common Application


Carleton is a College Partner with QuestBridge, a nationwide program designed to serve high-achieving, low-income students. Sound like you? Read on to learn more.

Use the QuestBridge Application

Coalition Application

Carleton is a proud member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. The Coalition platform offers an application for admission, as well as a platform for you to collaborate with the important mentors in your life.

Use the Coalition Application