Northfield, Minnesota

Carleton College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Carleton College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Carleton College
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Carleton College and can I get accepted? The school has a 21% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,378 out of 6,499 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 4 percent. Only 38% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Carleton College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Carleton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1420
SAT Scores for Carleton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1490

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

Carleton College typically requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 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 1350. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1490 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 46 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
1550 and Above Good >31%
1485 to 1550 Avg + 21%-31%
1420 to 1485 Avg - 14%-21%
1355 to 1420 Reach 8%-14%
Less than 1355 Low <8%
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Carleton College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

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 31
ACT Scores for Carleton College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 66 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
34 and Above Good >35%
32 to 34 Avg + 21%-35%
31 to 32 Avg - 16%-21%
30 to 31 Reach 12%-16%
Less than 30 Low <12%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

High School Class Rank

79% 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 79%
Top 25% of class 96%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Carleton College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,561 2,938 6,499
Accepted 723 655 1,378
Acceptance Rate 20% 22% 21%
Enrolled 273 249 522
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 38% 38%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were 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.