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Date: Mar 26 2001
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
Carleton is many things to many people, so take this with due consideration. Carleton is a very academic, isolated school that thrives on a mix of incredibly talented professors and students…it is a sort of
celebration of nerdiness

Carleton makes you more "intelligent" in the sense that it teaches you how to learn - how to be critical, how to analyze, how to present a position. This lends itself well to further academic pursuits but not necessarily into the business sector. Getting into industry without directly transferrable skills (ie no business degrees are offered) takes additional work outside of the stock Carleton offerings - read here internships, etc. Once in the door, Carls are of the prototype that generally succeed. Getting the chance with a liberal arts degree is sometimes challenging, though.

Not everyone will do well at Carleton. If you would enjoy the "Greek scene", this isn't the place. Not just because it is not allowed, but primarily because the students there would never support one - parties here are very egalitarian. But if you are a "super-nerd" that has pursuits outside the classroom like athletics, arts, etc, its hard to imagine a better institution than Carleton.

Note: Much has been written about the "lack of diversity" at Carleton. This is not for lack of trying (it is a major priority of the administration and has been for some time) nor atmosphere (it is a very accepting, open student body). It has more to do, I believe, with the fact that a town of 16,000 40 miles south of the Twin Cities does not offer similar circumstances than would other more typically diverse locales. If demographics is your yardstick, Carleton comes up short. I would hope though that all of the other criteria such as student:prof ratios, academic ranking, etc, can mitigate this flaw of circumstance.

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