Spiritual Life

Carleton does not have a formal religious affiliation, but our spiritual life is as diverse and lively as the rest of campus.

With representatives from almost every religion in the world and about 60% of the student body claiming a religious preference, most of Carleton’s student religious groups are sizable and active. Chapel events representing different faiths are well attended, and we send a surprising number of students to faith-based volunteer work, seminary, and other religious training after college.

75% of Carleton students say that the primary goal in their education is to “develop a meaningful philosophy of life,” well ahead of making money or being an expert in their field. Their second goal is most often “helping others in difficulty.” So even if you aren’t seeking to explore or expand your religious experience, Carleton is a great place to ask the big questions of life.