Carleton College

liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota

Carleton College ( KARL-tin) is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Founded in 1866, the college enrolled 2,105 undergraduate students and employed 269 faculty members in fall 2016. Carleton is one of the few liberal arts colleges that runs on the trimester system. The 200-acre main campus is located between Northfield and the 800-acre Cowling Arboretum, which became part of the campus in the 1920s. The architecture of campus buildings ranges from Collegiate Gothic to contemporary, with the oldest built in 1872 and the most recent in 2011.From 2000 through 2016, the institution has produced 122 National Science Graduate Fellows, 112 Fulbright Scholars, 22 Watson Fellows, 20 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars, 13 Goldwater Scholars, and 2 Rhodes Scholars. Carleton is also one of the largest sources of undergraduate students pursuing doctorates per one hundred students for bachelors institutions.In its 2019 edition of national liberal arts college rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carleton fifth-best overall and first for undergraduate teaching.
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