- Carleton is an independent and highly selective private liberal arts college with a diverse and able student body, a strong faculty whose first priority is teaching, and a continued commitment to the liberal arts.
- The 507 members of the Class of 2010 were chosen from among 4,461 applicants. Carleton enrolls 1,900 students, who come from all 50 states and 27 different countries. Although Carleton is truly a national college, it values its firm roots in Minnesota; approximately one-quarter of its students come from the state and 50 percent from the Upper Midwest.
- Over two-thirds of Carleton students participate in off-campus study at least once during their four-year tenure. During the academic year 2005-2006, 380 students, or 20 percent of the student body, took part in domestic and international programs in 48 countries.
- Orientation of FOCUS (Focusing on Cultivating Scientists) Cohort students
- Participation in Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, Science Museum trip
- Peer-mentoring to support FOCUS Cohort members
- Work-study to provide opportunities for FOCUS Cohort members to experience science-related activities
- Participation of first- or second-year FOCUS Cohort students in summer research as Carleton Summer Science Fellows