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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%

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

Financial Aid

Cost should be no barrier to attending Carleton.

Percentage of students receiving need-based grant aid 52%
Average need-based grant award $38,893
Average need-based financial aid award $48,099
Average loan debt, Class of 2017 (National average: $31,400) $21,035
Last reported Stafford Loan default rate 0%


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%

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