Carleton Welcomes the Class of 2021

August 30, 2017

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2021 to campus; the 526 students were selected from a pool of 6,502 applicants. The incoming students represent 46 states and 21 countries (eleven percent are international residents), with 81 students coming from Minnesota, followed by California (61), Illinois (41), Massachusetts (30), Texas (27), and New York (26). Twenty-six students hail from China.

Twenty-eight percent of the students identify themselves as people of color, 11 percent are among the first generation of their families to attend college, and 84 percent graduated at the top ten percent of their high school class.

Fifty-one members of the Class of 2021 are National Merit Scholars and nine are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Members of the class have participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities: 82 percent participated in community service efforts; 60 percent played varsity athletics; 46 percent studied music; and 44 percent had a paying job while attending high school.

Twenty-eight percent of the Class of 2021 is bi- (or tri-) lingual, collectively speaking 42 languages and dialects: Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Chichewa, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hokkien Chinese, Hungarian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Mandarin, Mongolian, Northern Thai, Persian, Poe-Karan, Portuguese, Russian, Rwandan, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.

Welcome, Class of 2021!