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If your question needs an immediate response, or is in regards to the status of your file, please email admissions@carleton.edu.

Otherwise, first browse the links below for answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Recently Answered Questions about International Students

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  • Q: As an international student, am I eligible for Financial Aid?
    A: International students are not eligible for federal aid.… (1 answer)
  • Q: My documents are not in English. Do I need to translate my documents before sending them?
    A: Yes, we need certified translations of your documents.… (1 answer)
  • Q: The SAT tests are not available in my country, what should I do?
    A: We will waive this requirement for students in this situation.… (1 answer)
  • Q: I cannot submit a "guidance counselor" recommendation because my school does not have a position like that. What should I do?
    A: A recommendation from a school official or principal is… (1 answer)
  • Q: I am an international student, and I am not sure if I should apply as a transfer or freshman applicant. Can you help me?
    A: Yes, please provide more details and we’ll be glad to help.… (1 answer)
  • Q: Is an interview required for international applicants?
    A: No, interviews are not required in any way for admission.… (1 answer)
  • Q: How could I contact current international students at Carleton?
    A: Our international student web site contains a link which will… (1 answer)
  • Q: Can you give me an idea of preferred scores for TOEFL and IELTS exams?
    A: We have found that students with scores in these ranges are… (1 answer)
  • Q: Can international students defer their entry to Carleton for a year?
    A: Yes, but this needs to be requested in writing from our Dean of… (1 answer)
  • Q: I live outside the U.S. Can I send admission documents by fax or email?
    A: Yes, you may fax them to 507-222-4526 or email… (1 answer)
  • Q: As an international student, will I have a better chance of being admitted if I offer to pay for my first year and apply for financial aid after I have been admitted?
    A: We ask students to provide a budget for all four years of… (1 answer)
  • Q: I'm from another country. Can I work to help pay for my education? Do I need a social security number?
    A: Yes, if you receive financial assistance from Carleton College… (1 answer)
  • Q: The school system in my country doesn't calculate GPA. What should I do?
    A: We know that GPA (grade point average) is not used in many… (1 answer)