Information for First Year Students

Welcome to Carleton and to Off-Campus Studies!

More than 70% of Carleton students study off-campus, and many Carleton students begin planning for off-campus study soon after they arrive on campus.

We invite you to attend one of the many events we have scheduled throughout New Student Week, fall term, and beyond to inform you about program options, and OCS policies and procedures at Carleton. Students can study off-campus as early as their sophomore year. No matter if or when you decide to study off-campus, it never hurts to plan ahead.

Here are some events and resources to get you started:

  • New Student Week 2017
    Find OCS at:
    • Welcome Tables, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 9 am-2 pm, Great Hall
    • Academic Fair, Thursday, Sept. 7, 3:30-5 pm, Recreation Center
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Off-Campus Studies (but were afraid to ask)
    An introduction to Off-Campus Studies for 1st and 2nd year students.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7-8 pm, Leighton 305
    • Thursday, Sept. 28, 5-6 pm, Leighton 305
  • Carleton Program Information Meetings
    Carleton sponsors OCS programs each academic term and during the December and Spring breaks that are led by Carleton faculty and sponsored by academic departments. See upcoming information meetings for Carleton programs on the OCS events calendar.
  • Non-Carleton Program Information Tables
    Carleton students may also study off-campus on programs sponsored by other organizations. Non-Carleton program representatives often visit Carleton to hold information tables in the
    Sayles Great Space - for information on upcoming visits, see the OCS events calendar.
  • OCS Worlds Fair
    There are hundreds of OCS programs available to Carleton students. At the annual OCS Worlds Fair, you can learn about them from the experts: Carleton students and faculty who have participated in and led these amazing programs.
    • Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Severance Great Hall
  • Individual Advising Appointments
    Want help choosing the right OCS program for you? Schedule an advising appointment by stopping by calling or stopping by the OCS office (Leighton 119, 507-222-4332) or filling out this web form.
  • OCS Website Resources
    OCS Start to Finish
    OCS Program Listings
    Money Matters
    OCS & Diversity

Welcome to Carleton. We look forward to meeting you!