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 12, 2017.  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 19, 2017.

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.

To help with logistics, here are dates and information you will find useful:

  • 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 return flights on Packing Day (Tuesday, November 21, 2017), as students must be out of the residential halls by 2:00 p.m. that day.
  • For transportation and arrival information, see the Arriving on Campus page
  • Family Weekend is October 13-15, 2017.