Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

Carleton Admissions - Need Blind of Need Aware?

ccmom33409ccmom33409 - Posts: 94 Junior Member
edited January 2014 in Carleton College
Hi All-

I am double checking on the Carleton financial aid in relationship to admissions for US residents. They do not seem to make it clear if they are need blind or need aware in admissions. Their literature mentions that they meet the full demonstrated need of every admitted student but is need considered in the admissions decision? Does it help if the student is applying ED?
Post edited by ccmom33409 on

Replies to: Carleton Admissions - Need Blind of Need Aware?

  • ccmom33409ccmom33409 - Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Does anyone in CC land know the answer? Thanks!
  • ClevelandudeClevelandude Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    What I've heard is that they are need blind to a point. I think they say that for 90% of their applicants they are need blind, but for the remaining 10% they are need aware. I'm not exactly sure what this means, if they only start being need aware when they run out of money, or if the top 90% of admitted applicants are need blind, and need aware for the bottom 10% are need aware.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 29,495 Senior Member
    This question came up in the info session we attended today at Carleton. They are NOT need blind. The person doing the session said that they consider need for about 15% of the applicants (so it sounds like the top 85% are need blind, then if you are in that 15% "on the bubble", it becomes a consideration).
  • ccmom33409ccmom33409 - Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Many thanks for the great responses! Very helpful!
  • 11901190 Registered User Posts: 628 Member
    Carleton is need aware but there's no single quantitative answer anyone can offer as to just how need aware it is.

    In the years leading up to the recession, up to 99% of Carleton admissions decisions were made need-blind (in fact, several years ago, the school was 100% need-blind). But in the past few years, with ever increasing numbers of students applying for aid, all colleges' finances have been strained. Because of this, that 1% need-aware number has had to move up towards 10% so as not to threaten reserves.

    And then, Carleton:

    1) Guarantees to meet 100% of financial need to all students admitted, for all four years, even if aid was not initially requested. A tough standard in these dire times.

    2) Has historically had one of the highest percentages of students needing and receiving aid among the most competitive LACs - just the nature of the population it tends to draw. That economic diversity has been a source of pride to the administration, but you can understand the inherent risks if left uncontrolled at times such as these. Schools like Amherst, Williams and Swarthmore have always attracted wealthier student bodies and actually years ago mounted campaigns to aggressively seek out those from more modest economic backgrounds to more broadly diversify their campuses.

    If your stats put you toward the borderline lower end of the applicant pool, financial need may come into play in admissions. Top 90% or so - will not be at issue as Clevelandude has already pointed out. I certainly wish that 90% could be 100% once again. But then I wish the economy could be as it was once again. Maybe Congress will learn to play nice, sing Kumbaya in the round, and make partisanship a four letter word. Well, one can always hope. :)
  • carledadcarledad Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Our son is a freshman this year. He was admitted from EDII application pool. His stats are in the middle 50% of the published profile of class of 2015. I don't think need came into play when he applied but I have no facts to prove it.
    Carleton met 100% of our demonstrated need when we applied for financial aid.
    If you look at financial aid facts, it is pretty much right on for us.

    Carleton College: Admissions: Class of 2015 Profile

    I realize that my reply doesn't exactly address your question but it may give you some insight to other questions you may have.
  • cckerrycckerry Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Does Carleton give any type of merit aid? Assume no athletic $ since they are DIII BUT seems some schools help athletics recruits with merit $ i.e. leadership merit $ ?

    Appreciate feedback on same question for other top LACs ?
  • mflevitymflevity Registered User Posts: 1,201 Senior Member
    Cckerry: No, the only domestic merit aid Carleton gives goes to National Merit Finalists ($2000 per year).
  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay Registered User Posts: 19,008 Senior Member
    Also, Natl Achievement and Hispanic Scholars
  • cckerrycckerry Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    thanks for quick reply ... looks like Tier 2 LAC is only hope for merit $ ...
  • dadx3dadx3 Registered User Posts: 1,559 Senior Member
    Grinnell, Oberlin and Whitman all offer merit aid. There may be others. While not quite as highly ranked as Carleton, they are not what I'd call Tier 2.
  • rayrickrayrick Registered User Posts: 855 Member
    I've explored this LAC merit aid issue pretty thoroughly, as my D has got the stats to get into a top-tier LAC, but we're not sure we want to pay full-boat. If you're looking for LAC's that don't feel like much of a compromise in quality and selectivity relative to a place like Carleton, the ones mentioned by dadx3 are among my favorites.

    Also check out Davidson, Kenyon, Colorado College and Macalester. If you're really hot stuff, Clarement McKenna offers some merit money, too, but I've gotta believe you have to have a heckuva resume to get money from them, since it's very selective just to get in.

    Personally, I'm especially fond of Whitman. A lot of kids who go to Carleton had Whitman high on their list, according to a student we talked to when we were there. My D is applying there, and it will get serious consideration if they offer her merit money.
  • loveadmissionsloveadmissions Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Consider College of Wooster and St. Olaf. Both award merit scholarships and both have great, engaged students. Daughter at College of Wooster received wonderful scholarship and she loves Wooster. Son attended Carleton and loved but we knew there would be no merit scholarship awarded.
  • involved mominvolved mom Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    Great merit aid offered by some of the women's colleges - check out Scripps, Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, and Smith - Scripps merit aid deadline approaching (11/15). Our son is at Carleton, and our daughter is at Scripps.
  • blabbersblabbers Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    has anyone noticed that Carleton's endowment is considerably smaller than most of the other LACs which are on the same tier as her?

    i think that affects the amount/quantity of aid given in some way right.....?
This discussion has been closed.