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Overall Score: 73.54

Carleton College

Northfield, MN http://www.carleton.edu/
Carleton is a small, well-regarded liberal arts school in Northfield, Minnesota, an hour outside of Minneapolis. It characterizes its curriculum as intense and challenging, and prides itself on the individuality of the students it attracts. Classes are small and rigorous, and professors are accessible to students in the off-hours. Intellectual discussions permeate social conversations in the dorms and at parties, though students say the tone is more collegial than competitive. The vast majority of students live on campus, and nearly four out of five students hold an on-campus job. Outside of work and studying, there’s plenty to keep students busy. There are more than 250 student organizations, including a radio station and a weekly newspaper, and many students participate in sports, whether it's more traditional teams, like soccer and basketball, or some of the campus’s less familiar squads, like Ultimate Frisbee or competitive ballroom dancing. Carleton boasts a high graduation rate, with 88% of students graduating in four years.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$79,300
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,600
Average price for low-income students
$6,210

Admissions

Acceptance rate
19%
Median SAT/ACT score
1450/33
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,070

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
1%
Average merit grant
$4,370

Student Success

Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$17,287
Early career earnings
$67,130
% earning more than a high school grad
71%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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