Carleton College Welcomes Class of 2020

September 1, 2016

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2020 to campus; the 573 students were selected from a pool of 6,485 applicants. The incoming students represent 47 states and 21 countries (nine percent are international residents), with 77 students coming from Minnesota, followed by California (60), Illinois (49), Massachusetts (33), Wisconsin (31), Texas (29), New York (27), and Washington (23). Twenty-one students hail from China.

Thirty percent of the students identify themselves as people of color, 13 percent are among the first generation of their families to attend college, and 75 percent graduated at the top ten percent of their high school class.

Fifty-four members of the Class of 2020 are National Merit Scholars and four are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Members of the class have participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities: 83 percent participated in community service efforts; 58 percent were members of academic clubs; 58 percent played varsity athletics; 48 percent studied music; and 43 percent had a paying job while attending high school.

Nearly a quarter of the Class of 2020 is bi- (or tri-) lingual, speaking Arabic, Cantonese, Catalan, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandinka, Marathi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Rwandan, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhala, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions, Carleton is a private, co-educational college of 2,000 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. High academic standards, an excellent faculty, a commitment to teaching and learning, and a diverse student body contribute to Carleton’s outstanding reputation.