Carleton College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: Northfield, MN
Locale: Rural Community (less than 5,000)
Student Population (FTE): 2,000
In-State Tuition: $47,460.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $47,460.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

As a small liberal arts college, Carleton is committed to creating community, challenging assumptions, thinking critically, and helping students develop a greater understanding of both themselves and the world around them. This commitment naturally extends to encouraging LGBTQA+ students to explore and express their authentic selves and to expecting all students to respect each others' identities. Both through formal policies and programs and through campus culture, LGBTQA+ students are supported at Carleton.

Our Synopsis

Carleton provides lots of resources for LGBTQA+ students, especially for a small campus. The Gender and Sexuality Center has two full-time staff and 12 part-time student staff, supports two residential housing options (Queers & Allies House and Women's Awareness House), provides space for six student groups, houses a library, and organizes educational and social programs throughout the academic year. The Women's and Gender Studies Department offers academic courses and events related to gender, sexuality and intersecting identities. Throughout Carleton, both in and out of class, most LGBTQA+ students feel welcomed and supported.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Carleton College

I didn't come to Carleton knowing I was queer, but as I started to identify that way, I found a lot of supportive, interesting, wonderful people who welcomed me into the LGBTQ+ community.

— 20-year-old, queer bisexual woman, junior

Though small, Carleton has one of the most active LGBTQA centers, which, in addition to LGBTQA issues, is involved with healthy communities and relationships and sexual well-being. The programming is holistic and intersectional and you'll find that students think critically and completely about these issues.

— 21, trans and queer, senior

The queer community is open, welcoming, and everywhere. I feel extremely comfortable in my identity. People here are accepting and more than anything willing and excited to learn, especially about the experiences and identities of others.

— 21-year-old, queer male, New Englander

I feel more at home in terms of my identities at Carleton than I do at NYC Pride. Although we are a small group, we take pride and celebrate ourselves and others in a myriad of creative, inclusive, safe ways.

— 20, queer, cis female, junior

Whether you arrive at Carleton out, questioning, in the closet, super knowledgeable or bursting with questions, the LGBTQ community is welcoming, supportive and full of resources. I feel lucky to be a part of this community and proud to see so much representation of LGBTQ people across our campus.

— 21-year-old queer woman

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


National Coming Out Week


Trans Day of Remembrance


Rainbow Retreat


Drag Show


Pride Banquet

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Carleton College Admissions Office

Office of Admissions
Carleton College
1 North College Street

Northfield, MN 55057

Phone: 800-995-2275

Admission Application Deadline:
November 15, January 15

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Carleton College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
3 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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