Carleton College is an independent liberal arts undergraduate only college in Northfield, Minnesota, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate students in attendance. It has many prestigious rankings, including a number eight rating for liberal arts colleges in the nation. Forbes Magazine ranks it in the top twenty-five for best colleges in the liberal arts, or for a research based institution. U.S. News and World Report consistently reviews it as a top ten United States liberal arts college. The faculty at Careleton has also been rated as extremely high quality for all of the same categories. Carleton participates in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the University and College Accountability Network. They do not, at this time have distance or online degree programs.
Northfield has less than 20,000 inhabitants, and is famous for the days of Jesse James, which is a big tourist attraction in the town. They have over thirty-five parks and the town is comprised of naturally beautiful surroundings. It is not a metropolitan area, so students enjoying the small town atmosphere will really appreciate this setting. Rodeos, carnivals and parades comprise the general cultural entertainment of Northridge, and there is one other college in the town, St. Olaf.
For a small college, Carleton has a wide variety of student run organizations and extracurricular activities. They have over one-hundred and fifty on campus organizations including three theatre troupes, a sketch comedy troupe, four choirs, several a cappella performance based groups, a nationally renowned debate team, a free student run radio, seven student created literary and scholarly publications, many instrumental ensembles, and competitive dance teams. Their radio station has been named by The Princeton Review as one of the top ten in the nation. One of the a cappella groups of Carleton, known as the Carleton Singing Knights performed a song on Youtube receiving over 4 million views, and they were invited to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Academics are taken seriously at Carleton, and students can choose from many degree pathways. All of the majors are in the liberal arts, with the exception of a few pre-professional programs, as well as the degrees in Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science. Popular majors include: Archaeology, Geology, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology (combined), Religion, Cross Cultural Studies, Economics, Computer Science and Political Science. Other majors include International Relations, History, Spanish, Statistics, Russian, Linguistics, German, Cinema and Media Studies, Middle Eastern Languages, Political Economy, Theater and Dance, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Special programs at the college include Arabic, Hebrew, Interdisciplinary Studies, Judaic Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies and Physical Education. Programs in engineering, nursing, and law are offered in conjunction with other Universities where students take courses for three years at Carleton and then two to three years at another professional college. Certificate programs in Education are also offered.
Tuition at Carleton College is $41,076 a year, and room and board is more than $10,000. The school offers its students several financing options such as loans, grants, scholarships and workstudy. Their financial aid is need based and determined by a variety of factors.