Naming Opportunities

Carleton offers many naming opportunities for endowed and current use funds, including:


Endowed Funds

  • $1,000,000 - Tuition support for one or more students
  • $500,000 - Partial tuition support for one or more students
  • $250,000 - Named fund, with preferences (e.g. geographic origin, field of study, etc.) 
  • $100,000 - Named fund, with no preferences 

Annual, Current Use Funds

  • $50,000 - Tuition support for one student
  • $10,000 - Named fund, with preferences
  • $5,000 - Named fund, with no preferences

Scholarship support provides need-based aid to students. To provide maximum financial aid to all students in need, Carleton does not offer merit scholarships. Direct tuition costs for the 2015-2016 year were $62,046. For Class of 2019 students who demonstrated need, the average financial aid award was $45,597. This support is critical to maintaining a diverse and gifted student body. 

Campus Buildings

As Carleton continues to thrive and grow, new facilities must be built to keep up with that growth. Gifts directed to campus facilities are a unique way to help shape the landscape of Carleton and provide new opportunities for study, housing, and recreation that will benefit generations of students to come.

Find information on naming opportunities for the new music and performance hall and the new integrated science facility.

Endowed Professorships

  • $3,000,000 - Full professorship
  • $2,000,000 - Visiting professorship
  • $1,000,000 - Faculty program leader

Carleton's professors are renowned for their commitment to quality teaching. Maintaining a superior faculty is a process requiring continuous attention, from the recruiting and nurturing of young, talented teachers to the ongoing support of experienced professors. Full endowed professorships honor the person for whom they are named while providing recognition and support for excellent educators. Visiting professorships provide vital resources to support faculty leaves. Faculty program leader positions support essential initiatives such as Ethical Inquiry at Carleton (EthIC) and Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QUIRK).

Professorship funds are sought to support ongoing strategies of the Dean of the College's office rather than identify new positions or programs. Availability may vary based on existing professorships and departmental needs.

Other Opportunities

Endowed Funds

  • $250,000 - Convocation funds
    Covers expenses for a convocation, including speaker fees, travel, etc. $2,000,000 endows a full term of convocations.
  • $100,000 - Fellowships, internships, and research assistantships
    Covers living and other expenses for a student to participate in these opportunities, which may be abroad or domestic.
  • $100,000 - Department discretionary funds
    Provides general support for departmental activities.
  • $100,000 - Program discretionary funds
    Provides general support for programmatic activities like the Career Center, Center for Community and Civic Engagement, etc.
  • $50,000 - Faculty development grants
    Provides incremental support for special projects, professional development, and other activities proposed by faculty.
  • $10,000 - Library resource funds
    No longer just about books, library resource funds enable the library to maintain a relevant educational resource on campus. Funds may be restricted by topic, but include any type of resource including books, e-resources, periodicals, or other learning tools.

For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact the Development Office. Special projects not listed here may also be discussed on a case-by-case basis by contacting our office. 

Physical Memorials

$10,000 minimum

Specific opportunities to honor Carleton alumni and friends through physical memorials are available and are based on the needs of the campus. Carleton works closely with family members or friends to determine the best designation for such gifts. Examples of past memorial projects include outdoor classrooms, gardens, and seating areas, as well as unique projects such as athletic scoreboards. Carleton also offers a memorial tree and bench program; please contact the Office of Stewardship for cost information.