My son was just deferred by Columbia. This really upset him, but I believe Columbia's decision is a blessing in disguise. A school like Carleton can provide a better education, closer contact with professors, better teachers, more fun and more lifetime friends than Columbia can offer.
One of the big attractions of Columbia for my son was its famous Core Curriculum and especially its Contemporary Civilization Course whose readings include Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, etc.
My son already liked Carleton when he visited the campus. If Carleton has a course which comes close to offering what Columbia does in Contemporary Civilization, that would convince my son to apply ED2 to Carleton.
I heard that Carleton is developing a great books program. Can someone on this discussion board provide some information on this?