Carleton College Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Carleton College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 1,388 out of 6,722 applicants or 21% were admitted making Carleton College a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 3,730 2,992 6,722
Accepted 726 662 1,388
Acceptance Rate 19% 22% 21%
Enrolled 249 242 491
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 37% 35%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Carleton College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1400 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 1325. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1475 out of 1600. 57 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1400 1550
SAT Reading 700 770
SAT Math 690 780
ACT Composite 29 33
ACT English N/A N/A
ACT Math N/A N/A

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >31%
1475 to 1550 Avg + 21%-31%
1400 to 1475 Avg - 14%-21%
1325 to 1400 Reach 8%-14%
Less than 1325 Low <8%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Carleton College has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carleton College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.

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