Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, Northfield

(4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
The Arb consists of approximately 880 acres (360 hectares) of land adjacent to the College and was created in the 1920's. It is in the process of being restored back to its original state, including prairie and forestland. Today, the Arb is an excellent resource in education, conservation, and recreation for both Carleton and the larger community of Northfield.
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  • This is a great place to come to get away from it all. We actually got a little turned around out on the trails, but managed to find our way back to the parking lot after we found a map! Wear bug spra...  more »
  • I've hiked this trail with my two labs many times over the years. They keep adding more land and turning fields into prairies and woodland along the Cannon River.  more »
  • Walking around the Arb is a favorite past-time for locals as well as the Students and Staff. The grounds are beautiful and easy to traverse for a short or long walk.  more »
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  • Don’t be fooled by the low acceptance rate and claim to prestige! Carleton tries to make up for its inadequacy by apologizing for itself and saying things like, “people who know about Carleton know it’s a good school...” and making itself as rigorous as possible for no reason. Also, although the student body is perfectly fine, it does not justify attending Carleton. If you didn’t get into Harvard, you’ll be better off at a state school, where the students are probably just as good. Carleton is overpriced, stressful, and has an inferiority complex. Also, no one in the real world has heard of it. Not even in Minnesota. Do not go!
  • Carleton has fought against the students trying to divest the College from fossil fuels every step of the way. If Carleton wants to stop climate change it can't profit from and industry that fund climate denial!! Get with it Carleton
  • Great school and great place to work! Small, liberal arts college nestled into Northfield, Minnesota. The people are friendly, the campus is beautiful, and the town is charming. Come visit and check it out.
  • I love to visit the arboretum and walk the trails during all seasons. Carelton has a beautiful campus with some interesting architecture.
  • Top rated school in the US.