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Carleton College

Carleton College defines itself as an institution that values diversity. This is reflected in the importance and pride the College places in a student body that includes a balanced number of men and women, and includes people from a variety of racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, sexual, and national identities. The College recognizes the traditional liberal arts goal of expanding students intellectual horizons by exposing all students both to a diversity of cultures and to an analysis of the experience of being different.

About

Carleton is the fourth oldest private institution of higher education in Minnesota. Carleton was founded on October 12, 1866, by the General Conference of the Congregational Churches of Minnesota, which—after considering locations in Zumbrota, Mantorville, Cottage Grove, and Lake City—chose Northfield for the home of its new college. (Note: Carleton is now a non-denominational college with no formal religious affiliation.)

Carleton’s founder was Northfield businessman and Congregationalist Charles M. Goodsell, for whom the College’s observatory is named. It was he who encouraged the church to open a Minnesota college and he who donated part of its original 20 acres. The first instructor hired was Horace Goodhue, Jr., for whom a campus dormitory was later named.

All around Carleton’s campus you’ll find faculty and students engaged in exciting, meaningful research and scholarship. Whether they are working to understand plant diseases, uncovering rural French life of the 19th century, or creating thought-provoking works of art, they are engaged together in the practice of deep inquiry and joy of learning that defines Carleton.

At Carleton, hiring for 50-60 summer student-faculty research positions in the sciences is carried out at the level of the department or individual faculty member. Please read below about hiring procedures and time lines for each department. You need to start thinking about all this in January, as soon as you return winter term. The college-wide research stipend for students who work ten weeks full time in summer 2011 is $4,200.

Research

All around Carleton’s campus you’ll find faculty and students engaged in exciting, meaningful research and scholarship. Whether they are working to understand plant diseases, uncovering rural French life of the 19th century, or creating thought-provoking works of art, they are engaged together in the practice of deep inquiry and joy of learning that defines Carleton.

At Carleton, hiring for 50-60 summer student-faculty research positions in the sciences is carried out at the level of the department or individual faculty member. Please read below about hiring procedures and time lines for each department. You need to start thinking about all this in January, as soon as you return winter term. The college-wide research stipend for students who work ten weeks full time in summer 2011 is $4,200.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

Services

Campus Services assists the campus community with the OneCard identification card, fleet vehicles, room scheduling, student transportation options, Enterprise Car Share, mail and print services, the Info Desk in Sayles-Hill and more. Please choose from the links on the left side of this page for details.

Our primary goal is to provide professional and economical print services to support Carleton's mission. We also provide print services at competitive rates for individuals and organizations with Personal accounts.

Student Life

Carleton's student body is notoriously difficult to categorize, but if we had to choose just one word to describe them, it would be curious. They're an intellectually insatiable group that approaches learning with enthusiasm, energy, and a uniquely Carleton brand of playfulness. Broad-ranging interests are common, and friendships seem to cross all traditional boundaries.

The Carleton community welcomes students of all beliefs to share in weekly worship services and special religious holiday celebrations representing a variety of faiths. We also sponsor discussion, meditation, and prayer groups, social events, service projects, lectures, and interfaith dialogue.

Accreditation

Carleton College has been accredited continuously since 1913.

Our accrediting body is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), one of six regional institutional accrediting agencies in the United States. The HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education.

Colleges and universities must be accredited to qualify for student federal financial and other government support.

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

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