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Life After Carleton

The Carleton experience doesn't end with commencement. Carleton alumni all over the world stay connected with one another, and with current students. Here on campus, there are staff and services to help students connect with this extensive network, and to explore their options for life after Carleton.

Exploring Opportunities

Student at commencementWe encourage students to begin exploring various career paths while they're still on campus. At Carleton's Career Center students can get help writing résumés, honing their interview skills, and navigating the job search process. But the Career Center goes far beyond those basic services with a variety of career-exploration and programs:

  • Pathways, a compilation of careers and industries with networking opportunities between students and alumni
  • 30 Minutes, in which students talk with alumni for a half hour about their jobs or profession
  • Carleton Scholars, an industry-specific multi-day program held in various cities around the country
  • C.A.M.P. (Carleton Alumni Mentoring Program), which matches alumni mentors with students in the spring term of their junior year

From their first day on campus, students have the opportunity to directly access Carleton's extensive alumni directory (more than 26,000 strong), tapping into our alumni's vast expertise and career choices.

Further Education

  • Within five years of graduating, 65 to 75 percent of graduates go on to pursue further education.
  • Carleton ranks 14th among all U.S. colleges and universities in the number of graduates who pursue doctoral degrees in the geosciences.
  • Carleton ranks 2nd among all U.S. baccalaureate colleges with 16.4 percent of its graduates pursuing PhDs in the sciences over the past two decades.
  • Some of the most commonly attended graduate and professional schools for Carleton graduates include Yale, Harvard, and the University of California–Berkeley.
  • Carleton has earned an outstanding reputation for the high quality of its medical schools applicants. On average during the past ten years, over 75 percent of Carleton graduates who apply to medical schools are accepted. Mayo Medical School, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan are a few of the schools in which Carleton students have been accepted.
  • Approximately 90 percent of Carleton graduates who apply to law school are accepted.
  • A Carleton faculty member is available to advise and help both students and alumni navigate the application process for these postgraduate opportunities.

Graduate Study and Travel

Carleton students receive many prestigious awards for graduate study and travel, including:

  • 60 National Science Fellowships
  • 20 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships
  • 64 Fulbright Grants

In 2011 Carleton was one of only three institutions nationwide with three or more recipients of the prestigious Watson Fellowship, and we've had 10 recipients since 2008, including two in 2013.

Staff members in the Office of Student Fellowships will assist students in identifying and applying for these awards.


Many of our graduates seek employment immediately after graduation. The careers they pursue are as diverse as the students themselves. Here's a sampler of companies and organizations employing recent Carleton grads:

  • Google
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Target Corporation
  • Yellowstone Ecological Research Center
  • Ecolab
  • General Mills
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Medtronic
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Teach for America
  • World Hunger Relief
  • Thrivent Financial

Carleton alumni frequently pursue opportunities in the nonprofit and volunteer sectors. We consistently rank among the top 20 small colleges for most Peace Corps volunteers in any given year, and in 2013, we ranked eighth nationally.