Carleton College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Carleton College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into Carleton College? The school has a 23% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,467 out of 6,485 applicants were admitted making Carleton College a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Carleton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Carleton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 780
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1560
SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Carleton College typically requires applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1290. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. 49 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Carleton College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >34%
1470 to 1560 Avg + 23%-34%
1380 to 1470 Avg - 15%-23%
1290 to 1380 Reach 9%-15%
Less than 1290 Low <9%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Carleton College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Carleton College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Carleton College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 64 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Carleton College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Carleton College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >38%
31 to 33 Avg + 23%-38%
30 to 31 Avg - 17%-23%
29 to 30 Reach 13%-17%
Less than 29 Low <13%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Carleton College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Carleton College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,604 2,881 6,485
Accepted 769 698 1,467
Acceptance Rate 21% 24% 23%
Enrolled 276 291 567
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 42% 39%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 35 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carleton College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Carleton College Admission Requirements
Test Scores 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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173258 IPEDS survey data for Carleton College.