Carleton College

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Carleton College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Northfield, MN, a predominately rural area. There are around two thousand students enrolled each year at Carleton College.

The majority of students accepted into this school had an SAT score within the range of 2000 to 2270, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 29 to 33. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Carleton College average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 4 for accepted students. The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 20% of students who applied are admitted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Carleton College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Carleton College was reported as 21.0% in Fall 2013 with over 7,050 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 2000 - 2270
  • ACT Scores: 29 - 33
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Carleton College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Carleton College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Carleton College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 30.5%
  • 2010-2011: 30.8%
  • 2011-2012: 31.0%
  • 2012-2013: 25.5%
  • 2013-2014: 21.0%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 25.8%

How Does Carleton College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Carleton College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
St Olaf College59.2%
Macalester College34.2%
Minneapolis College of Art and Design59.0%
Hamline University65.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Carleton College (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading660 - 750
Math680 - 770
Writing660 - 750
Total Score2000 - 2270
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score29 - 33
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