A school that is 80 percent white cannot be considered diverse. To put things in perspective, Carleton doesn't have drawing power to attract minorities to the school. Located in rural Minnesota, it's not surrounded by any cultural diversity-unless you count pig and cow farms as separate diverse institutions. Carls are pretty non-judgmental, open-minded people. If you wear a gay pride pin around campus you'll never feel unwelcome. Similarly, you'll probably never hear derogatory racial remarks. Carls are aware of the lack of diversity, but students attempt to inject cultural awareness into their lives.
Carleton does an excellent job of setting up support groups for minorities, underprivileged students, and the gay and lesbian community. Critics claim that they're so involved that they created a social divide on campus. Those that have group outings and activities might stick to these groups, creating segregated cliques. While there may be cliques on campus, there's a comfortable lack of racial tension. There may be a small amount of minorities at Carleton, but as a minority you'll never be made to feel out of place or unwelcome. It's difficult enough keeping up with the Carleton workload to even think about making it harder on someone for being from a diverse background.