Carleton College: Narrative Description

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One North College St.
Northfield, MN 55057-4001
Tel: (507)646-4000
Free: 800-995-2275
Admissions: (507)646-4190
Fax: (507)646-4526
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1866. Setting: 955-acre small town campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Endowment: $511.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $24,225 per student. Total enrollment: 1,951. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 4,898 applied, 29% were admitted. 73% from top 10% of their high school class, 92% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 78 National Merit Scholars, 65 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,937 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 14 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 30 other countries, 71% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 6% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 0.01% 25 or older, 89% live on campus, 0.1% transferred in. Retention: 97% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: three courses for each of three terms. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at Cooperative programs/St. Olaf College, memberships in Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/15, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $36,975 includes full-time tuition ($30,501), mandatory fees ($165), and college room and board ($6309). College room only: $2739.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 132 open to all. Most popular organizations: CANOE (Carleton Association of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts), Farm Club, Amnesty International, WHIMS (Women in Math and Science), Ebony II. Major annual events: Halloween Concert and Masquerade Ball, Spring Concert, MidWinter Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,627 college housing spaces available; 1,620 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Laurence McKinley Gould Library plus 1 other with 662,871 books, 127,753 microform titles, 10,964 serials, 778 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.5 million. 221 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Northfield (population 15,250), a two-college town, located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is the home of several major industries that contribute to the prosperity of the community. Part-time employment is limited. Good shopping facilities, library, churches, a hospital and an arts guild are a part of the community. A Carleton - St. Olaf bus also makes round trips daily to the Twin Cities. The Defeat of Jesse James Days in September is a special annual event.

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