Founded in 1866, Carleton College is an independent and highly selective liberal arts college with a diverse and exceptionally able student body, a talented faculty whose first priority is teaching, and a continued commitment to the liberal arts. Carleton is a national college enrolling approximately 1,800 students drawn from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 30 foreign countries.
A four-year college, Carleton offers the bachelor of arts degree. Its students can choose from 34 major fields of study, as well as numerous special programs, area studies or concentrations.
Carleton College occupies more than 900 scenic acres of campus, arboretum, and athletic fields. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Carleton offers access to the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan area while preserving a collegial environment conducive to an intensive academic life.
Carleton College's Statement on Diversity
Carleton College aspires to provide a liberal arts education that equips students with the skills to lead a fully realized life in a diverse and changing world. A Carleton education recognizes that the world's people differ in their race and ethnicity, culture, political and social worldviews, religious and spiritual understandings, language and geographic characteristics, gender, gender identities and sexual orientations, learning and physical abilities, age, and social and economic classes.
It is essential to our high academic standards that we be committed to creating a diverse campus community.
A community that fosters diversity of thought and an open exchange of ideas can only emerge from the participation of individuals with different backgrounds and worldviews. Because creative and talented people come from many places and have many backgrounds, Carleton College is dedicated to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, student body, and Board of Trustees and sees this as among our highest priorities. Carleton's commitment to diversity will sustain and enrich the learning and living environment that defines the institution and its place in the world.