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Carroll College

  • Helena, MT
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 1,431
    total students
  • $28,670 | $28,670
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 53%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Best in the West

Founded in 1909, Carroll College, in Montana's capital city of Helena, is a teaching-centered, private Catholic 4-year college, ranked by "US News & World Report" as the number 1 regional college in the West for 2013 and a top regional college Best Value School in the West. Carroll graduates are highly prized in the professional job market and are accepted to the nation's best medical, law, and graduate schools, with some of the highest per capita admission rates in the nation. Among Carroll's academic achievements: 85 percent of Carroll pre-med students applying to medical school are accepted; and within weeks of earning their degrees, all Carroll civil engineering students have jobs and/or graduate school acceptances in their fields. The Carroll Talking Saints forensics team, a training ground for future attorneys, public servants, teachers, and business professionals, is ranked in the top 20 of all colleges and universities of all sizes nationwide and has reigned as the Northwest regional champion for the past 22 straight years. Carroll math and computer science students have won top 1 and 2 percent (Outstanding and Finalist) rankings in the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling and the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and recently scored at the top in cryptanalysis. In athletics, Carroll's Fighting Saints football team has won a record 6 NAIA championships.

Proven Affordability

The tuition cost at Carroll is offset by generous financial aid packages awarded for all 4 years, and almost all Carroll students receive some form of financial assistance. The school's merit scholarship program grants annual scholarships worth up to half the cost of tuition to students based on their high school performances. Carroll also has a host of institutional scholarships for qualifying students. Also available are federal aid, Carroll need-based aid, and outside scholarships. Carroll students who take out loans to finance their educations emerge with about the same amount of debt as state-school graduates.

Almost 80 percent of Carroll graduates earn their degrees in 4 years or fewer, which can lower debt and improve lifetime earning potential. This, combined with Carroll's overall affordability, generous financial aid, debt counseling for students, and its graduates' success in obtaining well-paying jobs, has made Carroll's student loan repayment default rate one of the lowest in the nation.

Non-Stop Campus Fun

Forested wilderness, backcountry trails, and wild water are almost at the doorstep of Carroll's 4 on-campus residence halls where most students reside. Minutes from campus, students can hike and camp, ski and board, rock and ice climb, fly-fish and golf, mountain bike, and more. Student government, social and academic clubs, and intramural sports round out campus activities, with national touring entertainment, dances, concerts, and much more scheduled every day. Best of all, everything is free to students. The Theatre Department presents comedies, musicals, and dramas monthly, with students invited to audition. The college's jazz combo, choirs, and pep band are perfect for musically inclined students seeking to perfect their art and perform on campus and beyond. Carroll's national and regional champion athletic teams always fill the stands at the PE Center and Nelson Stadium. Actors, musicians, and athletes aren't the only stars: students write for the "Prospector" student newspaper, join the dance team, or host "Saints TV." Or, students can join Talking Saints forensics -- the reigning Northwest champion team for the past 23 years -- or compete in Moot Court or on an international math team -- Carroll students are top ranked in the world. In addition to the academic and social clubs found on almost every campus, the college offers some true originals, like the Carroll Adventure and Mountaineering Program, which leads students on hiking, camping, skiing/boarding, survival training, and other exploits.

Students Who Love to Serve

People of all beliefs feel welcome at Carroll, a healthy, energetic community where the search for meaning and purpose in life is paramount. Most Carroll students love spending time helping the less fortunate, and service work is even a part of some classes, including freshman Alpha Seminar. Carroll students lead countless fundraisers, including the annual Up 'Til Dawn events for St. Jude, and volunteer in droves for causes like Big Brother Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and Helena Food Share. The Carroll Outreach Team organizes regular service days to help out locally at the local homeless shelter and globally on intense medical service trips to Africa and Latin America. Students in any major can join the Carroll student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA and participate in Latin American journeys to build safe water systems, earthquake-proof structures, and promote health. Campus Ministry takes Carroll students to major US cities, Montana's Blackfeet Reservation, and a Catholic mission in Guatemala, all to change lives -- including students' own.

Prized in the Job Market

The college's surroundings in the capital city of Helena promise students endless internship and job opportunities. Home to an abundance of businesses, nonprofits, banks, hospitals, arts centers, and startup ventures, Helena is also the center of Montana's political life, a natural fit for students desiring civic involvement and a career in public service, law, or nonprofit advocacy. The local business community and state government prize Carroll students as interns and employees, with Carroll graduates often receiving outstanding job offers prior to earning their degrees. Nearly 90 percent of Carroll's academic disciplines offer professional internship opportunities to give students real-world experience in their future careers. In some majors, practical experience -- such as clinical experience for nursing students and student teaching for education majors -- is critical for entering a chosen profession, and Carroll students enjoy outstanding success in competing and excelling in the top experience-learning opportunities. Meanwhile, throughout the year Carroll science students are engaged in major grant-funded research with Carroll faculty mentors -- most recently, Carroll received more major funding to expand student research into diseases like West Nile Virus and chronic wasting disease and improve the college's laboratories. The pre-professional preparation Carroll students enjoy in Helena translates to outstanding job placement across the nation.

Today Carroll, Tomorrow the World

The community at Carroll extends across the globe, with students studying, interning, and serving internationally. Students who choose to study abroad for a semester or a year have over 50 countries and over 125 institutions of higher education available to them. Students who opt to intern abroad can pick from over 10 affiliate programs at overseas colleges. Short-term study abroad for 1 or 2 weeks is also open to all students, with faculty-guided visits to destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Service abroad is also encouraged, with Carroll's Engineers Without Borders and Carroll Outreach Team offering regular trips to Latin America, Europe, and Africa, where Carroll students and their professional mentors improve public health and solve local problems. In addition to providing a wealth of opportunities for Carroll students to travel abroad, the college welcomes international students to campus, and is home to a small but vibrant student population hailing from Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and Canada.


Location & Contact

1601 North Benton Avenue
Helena, MT 59625-0002
USA

Director of Admission

Phone: 406-447-4384
Email: admission@carroll.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Mechanics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Writing
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Animal-Assisted Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health Services Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Ethics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

53% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,279
    • Accepted1,740
    • Acceptance Rate53%
    • Enrolled1,431
    • Female Applicants2,006
    • Females Accepted1,088
    • Female Acceptance Rate54%
    • Male Applicants1,273
    • Males Accepted652
    • Male Acceptance Rate51%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.58
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen February 15th --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 490 620
    • SAT Math 510 610
    • SAT Writing 490 590
    • ACT Composite 22 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$28,670
    • Out-of-state tuition *$28,670
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$610.00
    • Room and board *$8,950.00
    • Room only *$4,552.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,431
    • Male Student Percentage42%
    • Female Student Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.19%
    • Black or African American.77%
    • White or Caucasian79.04%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native1.4%
    • Asian1.26%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.28%
    • Two or more races1.26%
    • Unknown9.99%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.05% representing 11 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students54% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations student government, Carroll Outreach Team, Carroll Adventure and Mountaineering Program, Up 'Til Dawn, Engineers Without Borders
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Football No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes Yes
    • Soccer No No No
    • Track No Yes Yes
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Yes Yes
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Track No Yes Yes
    • Volleyball No Yes Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty164
    • Full-time Percentage54%
    • Part-time Percentage46%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 1,376 students to 113 faculty


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