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Class of 2021 Profile

The Class in Numbers

526 students selected from 6,502 applicants
270 female; 251 male; 5 nonbinary
From 46 states and 21 countries (11% international)
28% identify themselves as people of color
11% are among the first generation of their families to attend college
84% graduated in the top 10% of their class
51 are National Merit Scholars and 9 are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Notable Achievements

Academically Sound

Carleton students are enthusiastic about learning. The Class of 2021 includes:

  • A lab researcher in condensed matter physics at Arizona State University
  • A software developer for astrophysics research
  • A translator of Old Norse poems and sagas
  • An Echinacea researcher at the Chicago Botanic Garden
  • A music “decomposer” who studies chord combinations
  • An intern at a University of Pennsylvania research laboratory who genotyped fish

An Active Bunch

Carleton students participate in varied activities and athletic endeavors. The Class of 2021 includes:

  • A parachuter who has successfully completed 30 jumps
  • A national master and master instructor in chess
  • A hiker who’s climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • A worker on a sockeye salmon drift netter in Alaska
  • The concertmaster of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory
  • A JROTC awardee of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Award
  • An amateur snooker competitor

Off the Beaten Path

Carleton students are smart, independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to do their own thing. The Class of 2021 includes:

  • A BBQ restaurant pitmaster and manager
  • A Tuvan throat singer
  • A builder of scaled models of historic airplanes and ships
  • A donut eating competition winner
  • A biker who completed the American Challenge (Charleston, South Carolina, to Santa Monica, California) and the European Challenge (Amsterdam to Barcelona)
  • 11 martial arts black belts

In Service

Carleton students volunteer regularly. The Class of 2021 includes:

  • A summer camp youth leader at an orphanage in Myanmar
  • A volunteer with the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy
  • A homebuilder with Habitat for Humanity
  • The establisher of a literacy program
  • The leader of the Water Conservation Committee for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Youth Council
  • A certified peer sex educator
  • A volunteer who fosters pugs until they’re adopted
  • An intern at Dünyagöz Hospital in Ankara, Turkey
  • A volunteer coach for Special Olympics
  • 12 Eagle Scouts and 9 Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award Recipients

Well Spoken

About 28 percent of the Class of 2021 speaks a language besides English at home.

Collectively, they speak 42 languages and dialects: Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Chichewa, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hokkien Chinese, Hungarian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Mandarin, Mongolian, Northern Thai, Persian, Poe-Karen, Portuguese, Russian, Rwanda, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.

Time Well Spent

How members of the Class of 2021 stayed busy in high school:

  • 82%: Community service
  • 60%: Varsity athletics (28% team captain)    
  • 46%: Music
  • 44%: Paid job
  • 24%: Internship/research
  • 21%: Theater
  • 21%: Student government
  • 19%: Journalism/publications

Class Rank

  • 84%: First decile
  • 95%: First quintile

(Based on students with class rank)


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