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Class of 2011: Highlights

Notable Achievements


The 512 students who enter Carleton in September 2007 number 259 men and 253 women. They were selected from a pool of 4,859 applicants and represent 44 states and 22 countries.

  • 10 percent come from countries outside the United States.
  • 74 percent graduated in the top tenth of their class-89 percent were in the top fifth.
  • 8 percent are the first generation of their families to attend college.
  • 19 percent are African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino/Chicano, or Native American.
  • 79 are National Merit Scholars, 5 are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars and 2 are National Achievement Scholars.
  • 11 percent speak a language other than English at home.

Notable Achievements

The class has undertaken an impressive array of endeavors in its pre-Carleton days.

Someone in the class:

  • Is an eight-time competitor in the United States National Rock climbing Championships.
  • Aided in the translation of Braille books.
  • Studied and performed at the London Royal Academy of Music.
  • Wrote and directed a popular cable TV show, Science Power!
  • Was invited to try out for the U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball team.
  • Won the women's national badminton championship in Singapore.
  • Wrote a 50,000 word novel in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month.


The Class of 2011 includes 18 Eagle Scouts, 11 Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award recipients, and seven 4-H Club Leaders. In addition, someone in the class spent a year working in Biloxi, Mississippi, with AmeriCorps on post-Katrina reconstruction efforts, and another worked for the NGO Sanlaap in Calcutta to rehabilitate victims of child exploitation.


The Class of 2011 includes remarkably adventurous students who have:

  • Worked as a counselor at a basketball camp for diabetic youth.
  • Maintained mountain trails in Alaska with the Student Conservation Association.
  • Volunteered as a farmhand in Kenya while teaching photography to middle-school students in Nairobi.
  • Built houses in Guyana and Papua New Guinea with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Studied or performed community service in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Isles, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Galapagos Islands, Gambia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nicobar Islands, Northern Ireland, Peru, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Somalia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, Vietnam, and Zambia.


In this class, you could meet someone who:

  • Raised a flock of 30 chickens and started an egg-selling business.
  • Helped restore the historic streetcar Muni 798 to run the F-Line in downtown San Francisco.
  • Plays an electric violin named the 'Red Viper' in a rock orchestra.
  • Won the South Dakota Miss Majorette title for three years running.
  • Can perform a two-minutes, one-handed, lever handstand as an acrobat with the City Circus.
  • Placed first in a 2k relay run at the National Snowshoeing Games.
  • Can name all 43 American presidents in reverse while juggling


Someone in the class speaks:

American Sign Language, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Ikinyarwanda, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Krahn, Lao, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Tibetan Turkish, Vietnamese.


While in high school, members of the class have conducted impressive research projects. Someone has:

  • Researched injuries caused by ventilators by examining the length-tension relationship during cellular deformation of epithelial lung cells.
  • Studied the effect of environmental phosphate levels on coral reef health in the Eastern Caribbean.
  • Cataloged artifacts and assisted with an archaeological dig at a site on Boston's Beacon Hill.
  • Performed forestry research on basal soil with the Cathance River Ecology Association.