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About Carleton

Located in Northfield, Minnesota—just 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul—Carleton College offers both the serenity of a small-town campus and the cultural opportunities of a major metropolitan area.

As one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, Carleton has nearly 2,000 undergraduates drawn from across the nation and from a number of foreign countries.

Outside Program Study

There’s much more to summer at Carleton than studying.  Adjacent to the campus is Carleton’s 880-acre arboretum with 13 miles of jogging and hiking trails and numerous natural laboratories, including an oxbow lake, marshlands, the Cannon River basin, and a rejuvenated short-grass prairie. It is a fine place to ponder the lessons of the day or to enjoy a leisurely walk, as many summer visitors discover.

Students will have access to the campus’ cultural activities, which may include films, concerts, and plays; and recreational facilities including tennis, basketball, racquetball, squash, and handball courts; softball, soccer, and rugby fields; and an 880-acre arboretum with 13 miles of hiking and jogging trails.

Students can also participate in a variety of group activities, which may include trips to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

Summer Academic Programs