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Carleton 101: Fast Facts about Carleton

Carleton Students

Carleton students are bright, and approach learning with enthusiasm, energy, and playfulness.

Total students 1,995
Total first-year students, fall 2015 498
National Merit finalists, Class of 2020 54
Top 10% of high school class 75%
Top 20% of high school class 97%
SAT middle 50% range (critical reading + math + writing) 1990-2250
ACT middle 50% range (composite) 30-33
1st year retention 96%
4-year grad rate 91%
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Caroline Giese talks about Carleton's academic environment

Outside the Classroom

Carleton students are passionate about everything, inside and outside the classroom.

Students participating in varsity sports 25%
Number of club sports 25
Students participating in intramural sports 80%
Number of student organizations 300+
Number of arts organizations 30+
Students who have studied abroad 74%
Student-run service and volunteer programs 60
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Peter Schlesinger talks about making friends through extracurricular activities

Financial Aid

Cost should be no barrier to attending Carleton.

Percentage of students receiving need-based aid 57%
Average need-based grant award $38,450
Average need-based financial aid award $47,006
Average loan debt, Class of 2016 (National average: $30,200) $22,641
Last reported Stafford Loan default rate 0%
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Erin Jones talks about Carleton's flexible financial aid


Carleton's faculty are highly respected scholars and researchers, but above all, their first priority is teaching.

Number of faculty members 245
Average class size 16
Faculty to student ratio 1:9
Hold the highest degree in their field 93%
Identify themselves as people of color 24%
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Avantika Jalan talks about professor-student interaction

After Graduation

Our alumni are exceptional people who do exceptional things.

Fulbright scholars (2015-16) 12
National Science Foundation Fellowships (2007-2016) 88
NCAA Postgraduate Fellowship 20
National ranking for academic doctoral degrees earned by graduates (2004-2013) 5th
Alumni donating to Carleton (top 10 nationwide) 1st
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Marquita Davis explains why she chose a liberal arts college