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 landed the #93 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Carleton has maintained this ranking for at least two years in a row.
Carleton also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Minnesota ranking.
Carleton College has a very low acceptance rate of 18%, 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.
About 35% 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 698 and 760. Math scores were between 710 and 790.
The student to faculty ratio at Carleton is an impressive 8 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.
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 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.
Carleton College has a freshmen retention rate of 95%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.
Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Carleton the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%
During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,940 undergraduates at Carleton with 1,918 being full-time and 22 being part-time.
|$0-30 K||$30K-48K||$48-75||$75-110K||$110K +|
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.
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Carleton, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $4,597 a year. That adds up to $18,388 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Carleton is 0.8%. 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.
Contact details for Carleton are given below.
|Most Popular Majors||Bachelor’s Degrees||Average Salary of Graduates|
|International Relations & National Security||38||NA|
|Child Development & Psychology||35||NA|
|General English Literature||27||$27,425|
|Fine & Studio Arts||23||NA|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||21||$20,625|
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*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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