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Carleton College Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Carleton College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Carleton College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Carleton College was awarded 53 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

Carleton is ranked #48 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Carleton also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Minnesota ranking.

See all of the rankings for Carleton College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Carleton?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Carleton since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 21%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to Carleton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 760. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carleton College  ( 680 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Carleton College  ( 680 to 770 )
Carleton received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Carleton College  ( 31 to 34 )

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Carleton College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Carleton is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Carleton College is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Carleton College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 96% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Carleton College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Carleton for first-time, full-time students is 91%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  91 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Carleton College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Carleton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,078 undergraduates at Carleton with 2,055 being full-time and 23 being part-time.

Carleton Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.06 out of 100, Carleton is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.06 out of 100
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How Much Does Carleton College Cost?

The overall average net price of Carleton is $30,210. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Carleton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,935 $10,204 $15,015 $24,263 $41,270

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Carleton, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Carleton, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $4,502 a year. That adds up to $18,008 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carleton is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Carleton Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Carleton with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $54,200 in their early years. That's great news for Carleton students since it is 36% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Carleton College make the most money.

Location of Carleton College

Carleton College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Northfield, Minnesota. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Northfield draws many to the area.

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Location of Carleton College

Contact details for Carleton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: 507-222-4000

Carleton College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Relations & National Security 55 NA
Computer Science 53 $72,500
General Biology 46 $24,100
Child Development & Psychology 39 NA
Mathematics 32 NA
Chemistry 27 NA
General English Literature 24 NA
Physics 24 NA
Economics 24 $51,200
Fine & Studio Arts 22 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Carleton College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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