Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota and one of the few that run on the trimester system. The college, as a bachelors institution, is also one of the largest sources of undergraduate students pursuing doctorates by percentage.
The average class size is only 16 students, with only 5% having 30 or more. The most popular majors are biology, political science & inter-national relations, economics, chemistry, psychology, mathematics, and computer science. Studying abroad is also common, with 76% of the recent senior class having studied abroad at least once.
Campus architecture ranges from Late Gothic Revival (such as the Skinner Memorial Chapel, above) to contemporary, with the oldest dating from 1872. Several buildings have also been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Goodsell Observatory (below) was the largest observatory in the state of Minnesota when originally built. It even kept the time for every major railroad west of the Mississippi and served as the headquarters of a state weather service in the 1880s.
Notable faculty have included the U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (1991–2002).
- Visited: 1986
- National Register of Historic Places: 1975 (Goodsell Observatory and Willis Hall); 1982 (the former Scoville Memorial Library and the Skinner Memorial Chapel)