Welcome, New Carleton Students

“Welcome to Carleton,” a short film by Chris Griffin and Josh Pitkofsky

Welcome to Carleton! We want to help our new students make the transition from high school and home to Carleton College as smoothly as possible. To guide you on your way, we've created this information center specifically for new students. If you still have questions after you've read these pages, feel free to contact us for assistance.

Mailing #1 (for students) will be mailed on May 11, 2018.  It will contain your permanent Carleton username and a temporary password (which should be changed upon initial log-in), which you will use to log in and complete forms that are due over the summer. You cannot access these forms with the credentials you used during the admissions process.

Mailing #2 (for parents) will be mailed on May 18, 2018.

Please note:
Carleton's fall term begins in mid-September, and though registration information is available by the middle of May, First-Year students don't begin registration until mid-August.


  • Residence halls open: 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
  • Parents leave campus: By 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
  • Flights for winter break: Students can leave campus for winter break after their last exam is finished, as determined by their professors. The best policy is to arrange their return flight for Tuesday, November 20, 2018, which is the date the residential halls close at 2:00 p.m. Housing information can be found on the Residential Life website.
  • For transportation and arrival information, see the Arriving on Campus page.
  • Family Weekend is October 12-14, 2018.