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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 dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Carleton College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Carleton College was awarded 44 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Carleton is ranked #48 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Carleton is also ranked #1 out of 37 schools in Minnesota.

See all of the rankings for Carleton College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Carleton?

Acceptance Rate

Carleton College has a very low acceptance rate of 21%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Carleton just in case you don't make the cut.

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

At Carleton, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Carleton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,115 undergraduates at Carleton with 2,093 being full-time and 22 being part-time.

Carleton Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Carleton make around $54,200 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

Located in Northfield, Minnesota, Carleton College is a private not-for-profit institution. 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.

Learn more about online learning at Carleton College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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