Beyond the Campus

It’s true that our town of Northfield’s motto is "Cows, Colleges, and Contentment," but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do for fun around here besides cow tipping.


As one current student put it, “Don’t expect Northfield to be New York City.” But unless you're expecting the bustle of a large metropolitan area, you'll find a surprising amount of life in this quaint college town. With a vibrant main street just steps away, and the St. Olaf College campus just a three-minute bus across the river, Northfield offers a steady stream of events: concerts, plays, art exhibits, sports matches, lectures, film screenings and more.

The Twin Cities

Need a more urban twist on your free time? Minneapolis and St. Paul are just over a half hour north of town, offering pro sports, theaters, art museums, shopping, and more great restaurants than you’ll ever be able to explore in your years at Carleton.