Carleton College

Northfield, MN

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Islamic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Other Dance
Other Film/Video and Photographic Arts
Other Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Other Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors
Cognitive Science
International/Global Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors
Biology/Biological Sciences
Other Biomathematics and Bioinformatics

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors
Geology/Earth Science

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Other Area Studies
Other Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender and Group Studies
Other Political Science and Government
Other Social Sciences
Political Economy
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies


Major Bachelors
Computer Science

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave Carleton College 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Academics Rating

The ephemeral spirit of the "liberal arts" runs thick in our blood. Majors and programs are intentionally interdisciplinary, pushing those that attend out of their comfort zones and into new academic territory. Students and professors question everything in and outside of our small, dynamic classes. Never before Carleton did I encounter a space where the domain of critical thinking so freely pushed institutional and intellectual dogma aside to make way for new ideas and fresh perspectives. On our trimester system, students are typically enrolled in three major courses during the term (nine in total over the course of a school year). In the space of ten weeks, each of your three classes presents a whirlwind experience of learning. It's no exaggeration to say that we are pushed, here at Carleton. But on the other side of the coin, many aspects of academic life make that possible. Professors are usually only teaching two classes at any given time, and teaching always comes before research and publishing. Classes, averaging 16-17 students, become amazing breeding grounds for a collective and individual learning experience as professors bring their best to the table and are greeted by a group of students who are hungry to learn and willing to give back just as much. Outside of the classroom, professors are always willing to meet with students, during and outside of scheduled office hours. A favorite History professor of mine, Bill North, is often on the top floor of the library until 10 at night throughout the week. After professors give you everything they can, there's still more. Many introductory classes come with prefects, older students majoring in the department who did well in those classes and are paid by the school to hold review sessions and additional office hours. We also have permanent offices run by our Academic Support Network to provide safe spaces to get through challenging work. The "Math Skills Center" and the "Write Place" are two examples of permanent centers with professional and student staff who will work with you on difficult calculus problems or help to redraft a thesis statement. Perhaps most importantly about academics, the support mentality bleeds into the student body itself. Peers are collaborate, not cutthroat competitive, here. Above all, Carls want to learn and to share their learning. That's something I didn't see anywhere else on my college tours, and it makes Carleton what it is.

Carleton College Academic Details

Academic Calendar Trimester
Average Freshman GPA 3.40
Retention Rate 98%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in early September.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Internships
  • Distance Learning

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Other: nursing

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Theology
  • Pre-Optometry

Class Sizes at Carleton College

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 65%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 1%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 35%
  • 100+ Students: 0%
Fewer than 20 Students 65%
50 - 100 Students 1%
20 - 49 Students 35%
100+ Students 0%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 78
  • Asian: 9
  • Latino: 6
  • African American: 5
  • Unknown and Other: 2
Caucasian 78
Asian 9
Latino 6
African American 5
Unknown and Other 2

Faculty at Carleton College

Total Faculty 275
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 9
Full-Time Professors 570
Male Faculty 145
Part-Time Professors 201
Women Faculty 130

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