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Carleton College

Your Combined ACT:
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Your Chances at Carleton
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# Applicants
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Students who got into Carleton:

Tips mention: Interview (2), ACT/SAT (6), Grades (10), Sports/Extracurriculars (4), College Essay (3)
To be honest, I never expected that I wouldDec 17 2020History/Histories (art history/etc.)
To be honest, I never expected that I would get into Carleton, and so I recommend applying no matter what. I think that essays and letters of rec which show a student's individuality are probably the most important component of the application process. I have friends with a wide variety of stats and extracurriculars, but most of them show a dedication to academic and intellectual growth beyond statistical success.
To get into Carleton you need to both haveAug 23 2017Geography and Geosciences
To get into Carleton you need to both have good grades/test scores and be an interesting/unique/accomplished person outside of academics.
Challenge yourself and be genuine to who you areFeb 19 2016Physics
Challenge yourself and be genuine to who you are and Carleton will have a hard time turning you away.
ACT: 33 Male
I did well in school and I had highMar 19 2012Undecided
I did well in school and I had high scores, but that's not the only thing Carleton looks for. While my academic performance was good, it wasn't absolutely stellar, and I definitely wasn't valedictorian (although Carleton definitely has its share of those). I'm convinced that what got me in was the fact that I was passionate about and very talented at one thing, which I intended to continue in college, I had a few genuine, already pursued interests, and I had an impressive record of service to my community. If this got me in, I'm guessing it's what a prospective student should try and aim for.
ACT: 31 Male
I worked hard in high school and got overallAug 27 2010Art & Design Department
I worked hard in high school and got overall pretty good grades. I think it helped that I applied from the south, as most students are from the midwest with a significant number from the northeast as well. In high school I participated in a range of extracurricular too, from jazz band to field hockey. I figure this all must have balanced out my none too stunning SAT performance, though I did pretty well on the ACT. I took both since my college counselor thought that I might do better on the ACT than the SAT after my first attempt at the SAT. I can't remember my scores now, and they don't seem important anymore. I do remember I took the SAT twice to try and do better.
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