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Northfield, Minnesota

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Chances of getting into Carleton College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
18%
Admission Difficulty for Carleton College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Carleton College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Carleton College is 18%.  It ranks #1 in Minnesota and #56 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Carleton College is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,389 out of 7,915 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 5 percent on standardized admission tests. Carleton College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.9. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Carleton College application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Carleton College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 35% of students submitted SAT scores and 34% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Carleton College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1408-1550
Applicants Submitting SAT 
35%
SAT Scores for Carleton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 698
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1408
SAT Scores for Carleton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1480

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Carleton College?

Carleton College is a test optional school meaning applicants are not required to submit SAT scores with their application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "considered but not required".

Students who get into Carleton College score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 1408-1550.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Carleton College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1550 and Above Good >29%
1479 to 1550 Avg + 18%-29%
1408 to 1479 Avg - 10%-18%
1337 to 1408 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1337 Low <6%
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Carleton College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
31-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
34%
ACT Scores for Carleton College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Carleton College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Carleton College?

Carleton College is test optional. Students are not required to submit ACT scores with their application. The policy on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Carleton College regularly accepts students who score 31 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 5 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 31-35.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Carleton College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >29%
33 to 35 Avg + 18%-29%
31 to 33 Avg - 10%-18%
29 to 31 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 29 Low <6%
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Carleton College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.9*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Carleton College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Carleton College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Carleton College was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Carleton College is a very selective school.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.9 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

69% of Carleton College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Carleton College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 69%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Carleton College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,199 3,716 7,915
Accepted 714 675 1,389
Acceptance Rate 17% 18% 18%
Enrolled 280 275 555
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 41% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Carleton College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carleton College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Carleton College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Carleton College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173258 IPEDS survey data for Carleton College.

FAQs

Does Carleton College prefer SAT or ACT?

35% of students submit their SAT scores to Carleton College. 34% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Carleton College?

18% of those who apply are granted admission to Carleton College. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Carleton College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1408 and 1550. 35% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Carleton College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 35. 34% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.