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Carleton College Website: http://www.carleton.edu/
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Carleton Students Say...Students seeking a “top-notch” and “cooperative…learning environment that challenges students without leaving them overwhelmed” will find a happy home at Carleton College, an extremely rigorous liberal arts school characterized by what students call “collaborative academia.” The “phenomenal” professors, in particular, who “focus on teaching” rather than on research and “seek out…personal relationships with all of their students” are a huge draw. As one under- graduate says, “One of my biology professors got an ovation at the end of the last class of the term.” “Quirky,” “passionate,” and “nerdy” are a few words undergraduates fondly use to describe the community at Carleton. As one student explains, “Due to some sort of unexplainable Carleton magic, a motley crew of odd, but intelligent and disciplined individuals come together at Carleton for an excellent and challenging four years.” Another student describes her reasons for choosing Carleton: “Almost everyone is friendly—and I don’t mean that only groups of people are friendly, I mean that practically any individual you could come across has this desire in them to learn in a positive environment, which I think is so intense that it translates into sharing that desire with others through encouragement and assistance.” While “quaint,” Northfield and its “coffee shops, thrift stores, random little book- stores and art shops, [and] restaurants” are “minutes away,” Carleton life, or “the famous Carleton Bubble,” centers around a balance between “study hard, party hard,” and it’s “pretty easy to get completely wrapped in what’s happening on campus.”
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