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PLEASE NOTE: This site is still being updated for 2014. This site will be fully updated on May 16, the date Mailing #1 will be mailed to students.

Academic and Registration Information

CompassTry our  new Course Navigator--
your guided tour to the academic journey

Course Navigator is a new interactive tool to guide you through pre-registration, help you consider your Fall term course options, and get you off to a sound start in your academic life at Carleton. Try it now.


"When picking classes, take one class you need to take, one class you want to take, and one you never thought you would take." -Bryce Gray '11

  • Liberal Arts

    The liberal arts philosophy and how it will guide your studies at Carleton.
  • Academic Calendar

  • Carleton's Academic Departments

    Many departments provide information to help first-year students navigate their curriculum. Look here for links to specific departments' websites and check their "Guide for New Students."
  • Registration 101

    An overview of the course registration process, from Argument and Inquiry seminar pre-registration through your arrival on campus.
  • Registration Instructions

    Detailed registration information and instructions for new students
  • Placement Testing

    Placement information for language, math, music, and chemistry.
  • FOCUS

    FOCUS (“FOcusing on CUltivating Scientists”) is a program that supports a cohort of first-year students through their entry into the study of math/science.
  • Languages

    An introduction to the languages offered at Carleton.
  • Questions to Consider

    Things to keep in mind when deciding what courses to select for your first term.
  • Course Navigator

    Get help navigating the options for the your Fall term registration.
  • Academic FAQs

    Frequently asked questions about Carleton academic life.
  • Graduation Requirements

    Graduation requirements and academic program information from the Academic Catalog.