College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:51:12Z
There are always tons of options, especially for vegetarians and vegans.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:50:29Z
Parties are very inclusive and fun. Many town houses throw open parties. Sports teams and clubs are also very active in throwing parties. There are also a few bars within walking distance.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:48:20Z
The college provides free transportation to various locations in Northfield. There is also easily accessible transportation to the twin cities.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:47:38Z
On a small campus like Carleton's professors really take the time to get to know their students. Every professor holds open office hours where students can come by to ask questions.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:47:38Z
Students mostly hang out in the main student center, or in the many lounges in the dorms. A lot of students also socialize in certain areas of the library.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:37:34Z
Dorm life is a lot of fun! Even the dorms that are majority freshman because the upperclassmen prefer to live elsewhere have a great community. After freshman year, many students apply to live in one of the many interests houses or choose to live in a dorm again with their friends.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:31:35Z
Yes, Minnesota gets cold. But it's also beautiful and a great place for winter sports! The cold is definitely a bonding experience for all students.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:30:59Z
Students on campus are very open to discussing their differences. The campus is becoming increasingly more diverse every year.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:27:53Z
The school wants to see students succeed. If drugs and alcohol get in the way of that, they will interfere. Otherwise, students are treated as adults and expected to make good decisions.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:26:38Z
Northfield is a town that suits the needs of a college student perfectly. The Twin Cities are a short drive away and many students will hitch a ride there for a concert or two over the course of the year. Northfield also has some great annual traditions, such as the celebration of Jessie James Day.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:19:11Z
Most students bring their own computers, but the computer:student ratio on campus is 1:3. You never have trouble finding a computer to use in one of the many labs or anywhere in the library. Also, IT help is always available if you're having any sort of trouble with technology.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:16:07Z
The atmosphere at football games is supportive and a lot of fun! Many people participate in varsity sports and people always come out to support their friends. The majority of campus also partakes in a club or intramural sport, which can be a great way to meet people and exercise, even if you don't think you're very good at sports!
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:14:52Z
Students that feel the need for a car have no problem keeping it on campus, but many students use the transportation provided by the college and don't feel the need for a vehicle.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:13:56Z
Guys & Girls:
In terms of relationships, you can find exactly what you're looking for at Carleton. There are students who prefer longer term relationships, but the hookup scene is definitely very active as well. There is also a large portion of campus that chooses not to partake. Campus culture in respect to dating is very respectful and fun.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:11:59Z
Students at Carleton College are very bright and engaged in the world around them. Classes are great and opportunities for extracurriculars are abundant, but the reason that Carleton is great is because of the wonderful people that go there.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T22:07:15Z
Health & Safety:
Crime on campus is very rare. Many students leave their doors unlocked on campus. Students also feel comfortable walking way from valuables in the student center because other students will undoubtedly say something if someone tries to take something that isn't theirs. Campus security is always available when needed.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:32:08Z
Only upperclassmen are able to live off-campus. It's a small town, so it's hard to expect tons of options on or off-campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:30:49Z
IT IS COLD AS HELL. It's Minnesota. It's also really beautiful, and everyone adjusts together. I've lived in MN my entire life, and every fall I go through the shock of transitioning to winter. The snow also makes Carleton even prettier. :)
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:29:30Z
Health & Safety:
Campus police keep us SAFE. They are not there to be big enforcers of under-age drinking policies, etc. I think I've actually heard of cases where campus police asked the Northfield police to leave campus so students don't get into trouble.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:27:07Z
LOTS of vegans/vegetarians on-campus. Bon Appetit is exceptional in the way of dining, compared to other universities.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:26:11Z
I'm a current student at Carleton and I love it. The main thing that attracts me to college is the kind of people that go here. They're really caring and thoughtful, everyone contributes to the community. I would say the standard Carl is kind, inclusive, liberal, and very engaged in current events. People are highly motivated, but it's not the kind of oppressive intensity you'll find at the U of Chicago or MIT.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:23:57Z
Computers are pretty widely available on-campus. Even so, I haven't come across a lot of students who haven't sprung for a laptop. The work load at Carleton requires that you have a computer with you frequently, not necessarily in classes, but for other work.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:22:03Z
Carleton is in the middle of rural Minnesota, meaning that the surrounding pool of applicants aren't particularly diverse. However, Carleton does have a strong international student population and does a lot to engage minority applicants in the US. There are also constant conversations on-campus about treatment of minorities and doing everything to be an inclusive community. These conversations don't mean that Carleton is less accepting, just the opposite. These conversations about privilege show just how thoughtful Carls can be, something you don't get everywhere (particularly with east coast elite colleges, where privilege is even more pervasive).
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:18:29Z
Carleton is super chill with these sorts of policies. I didn't even know visitation was restricted at other colleges until recently.
College Sophomore 2013-12-01T21:17:02Z
Carleton's financial aid is pretty strong. It was the best package offered to me, compared to less selective private colleges that offered lots of scholarship money. One thing that's important to note is that Carleton is not need-blind, which means they take your need into account. That is the case for MANY peer institutions, and although it's frustrating, Carleton really does offer a lot. They also beat Colby College on financial aid for me.
The only point where the non-need-blind admissions shows is with the waitlist. At that point, Carleton has no money left for financial aid and all students taken off the wait-list if are able to pay the most or all of tuition. Pretty sad, but Carleton is constantly working to expand it's endowment, so this may change in the future.
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