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Carroll College

Helena, Montana

Located in Montana’s state capital, Helena, Carroll College is a private, four-year, Catholic diocesan college that provides a first-rate undergraduate education to nearly 1,500 students. Founded in 1909, Carroll has distinguished itself as a preeminent and award-winning leader in its academic programs, including pre-medical, natural sciences, nursing, engineering, mathematics, the social sciences, and the liberal arts. Scientific research, service learning, education abroad, and an energetic, campus-wide sense of faith form cornerstones of the Carroll educational experience.


Students choose Carroll for its combination of exceptional academic programs, affordable tuition with generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and the strong, close-knit community that exists on the beautiful Rocky Mountain campus.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,469 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
88 full-time faculty
53 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

96% of freshman students live on campus.
57% of total undergraduates live on campus.
Campus dormitories, suites, and apartments are available.

School Location

Carroll College is located in Montana’s state capital of Helena. Situated at the base of the spectacular Rocky Mountains, Helena is centrally located to many of Montana’s exceptional recreational opportunities.There are 75 miles of hiking and mountain biking within five minutes of campus; four ski resorts within 90 minutes of campus; and both Yellowstone National Park and Glacie National park just two separate 3.5-hour drives away.

Retention Fall 2015

79% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 1%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%


NAIA Athletics
8 Varsity Sports

Men: Basketball; Cross Country; Football; Golf; Soccer; Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
Women: Basketball; Cross Country; Golf; Soccer; Softball; Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor); Volleyball           

Academic Programs

Accounting, Anthrozoology, Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Business administration, Chemistry, Civil engineering, Civil engineering (environmental emphasis),  Classical Studies, Communication Studies, Community Health, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Elementary Education, Engineering (3-2 or 4-2 program), Engineering Science, English literature, English Writing, Environmental Studies, Ethics and Values Studies, Finance, French, Health & Physical education (K-12), Health & Physical education: Sport Management, Health Science, History, International relations, Mathematics, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public relations, Secondary education, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish education (K-12), Theatre, Theology

More Distinctions

  • #1 Regional College in the West by U.S. News & World Report

  • #2 Best Value College in the West by U.S. News & World Report

  • Carroll pre-med students consistently post an 85% acceptance rate to medical and dental schools—far above the national average.

  • Carroll has ranked in the top
 90th percentile for over ten years on the Educational Testing Service’s major field test in biology, a ranking that places our biology students in the top tier of over 13,000 college and university students nationwide. Carroll students do particularly well in the categories of genetics, cell biology and molecular biology.

  • Chemistry majors boast a 100% acceptance rate to graduate schools, and they have participated in research and internships at the Mayo Clinic, Monsanto Company, and Purdue University.

  • On the 2012-2013 business assessment exam, Carroll College business students scored 30% higher on business ethics than students at peer institutions.

  • Carroll Computer Science and Mathematics teams have placed in the top 1% in the international Mathematical/Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling in 2003, 2006 and 2010, competing against schools such as MIT, Harvard, Duke, Beijing Jiaotong University, and Hangzhou Dianzi University.

  • In forensics, the Carroll College Talking Saints have won or shared the Northwest Conference Championship for 24 straight years.

  • Over 60% of Carroll’s first year students graduated in the top 25% of their high school class; 25% graduated in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

  • Over 80% of freshmen return to Carroll as sophomores. This is higher than the freshman to sophomore retention rate at many other private colleges in the Northwest.

  • 82% of classes have fewer than 25 enrolled students.

  • Professors at Carroll are leaders in their fields, winning prestigious Fulbright Scholarships and have written successful grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

  • Carroll students have the highest graduation rate in the state of Montana and are aggressively recruited by private firms, the healthcare industry, and government agencies.

  • In volunteer service work, Carroll students have earned national and international recognition for their participation in organizations such as Engineers Without Borders and Montana’s Dental Outreach Team.

  • For the past six seasons, all of Saints’ athletic teams have earned NAIA “Scholar Team” designation—this past year, the combined GPA for Carroll student-athletes was an impressive 3.25. 

Global Outreach

Service-learning and education abroad are important attributes of a Carroll education, as much of the Carroll community extends across the globe. Many students study, intern, and serve internationally.

The College’s Engineers Without Borders chapter, Carroll Outreach Team, and Campus Ministry all offer regular trips to Latin America, South America, Europe, and Africa. All around the world, Carroll students work alongside their professional mentors to help mitigate local problems, improving public health and building infrastructure. Carroll is pleased to offer direct exchange programs in Chile, France, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, and Spain, and it works in additional partnerships with college and universities across six continents.

Learning Together

At Carroll, students are immersed in a community that learns together, celebrates together, and serves others together. The community at Carroll supports students to excel in any of their 60 fields of study.

It is impossible not to make intellectual, imaginative, and social strides on a daily basis at Carroll. Students are always examining the challenges of modern society and asking life’s fundamental questions in their Catholic college setting, challenging and collaborating with each other as they foster a curiously charged community. They connect ideas across disciplines in active and new ways, whether they are sitting in a lecture, working in one of the College’s cutting-edge laboratories, or even exploring Montana’s diverse ecosystem and natural beauty as an extension of the classroom.

Small Classes for Big Results

Carroll’s professors believe that every individual plays an important part in everyone else’s learning process. Each student is invited to engage in their small classes, bringing their own perspectives to the overall classroom understanding. The ecumenical culture of Carroll creates a common ground in the classroom where each student is held in esteem—both by professors and their peers—while they uncover knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of themselves as scholars.

As a result, Carroll students are driven to be involved. The College paves the way for its active learners to take advantage of a diverse range of local opportunities, such as working as an intern at the State Capitol, conducting research on the West Nile virus in Montana’s various ecosystems, and even taking part in organizing an annual literary festival that attracts authors from around the world.

An Education in Balance

At Carroll College, it is believed that a supportive community is a crucially valuable factor in academic success. Carroll students and faculty don’t just occupy classrooms together; they engage in all sorts of ways and in all sorts of contexts, like in professors’ offices for one-on-one instruction, in the Cube for a bite to eat, in meetings with peer ministers to plan retreats, and even along the trail up Mount Helena for a friendly jog.

The college experience is a great lesson in work-life balance. At Carroll, students find it easy to work hard at school while also competing on Saints teams, enjoying dinner with friends, hanging out with hall mates, and participating in annual activities.

Student Activities

Student life thrives at Carroll. Many clubs and organizations give everyone the outlet through which to explore their passions and showcase their talents. And, alongside all the student-run fun, the Student Activities office brings the College together with 340 campus-wide events, such as the ever-popular Softball Weekend, musical performances, swing dances, open mic nights, Slip N’ Slide down Guad Hill, and more!

Scholars for Life

Carroll’s motto is Non Scholae sed Vitae—Not for School but for Life. The College’s alumni proudly testify that the Carroll experience develops each student as an individual and prepares them for the constantly changing challenges that arise in their respective profession. As Carroll graduates, they enter society with a deep sense of commitment to humankind and a thriving passion to live a full, well-rounded life.

Alumni Placement

Carroll graduates are highly valued in the professional job market and are accepted to the nation’s best medical, law, and graduate schools. In fact, they boast some of the highest per-capita admission rates in the nation. Under grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Carroll students are conducting groundbreaking research into infectious diseases, including West Nile Virus.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,513 Total Applicants 
2,252 Total Admissions 
387 Total Freshman Enrollment

64.10% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 600
SAT Math 490 600
SAT Writing 460 590
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 21 27
ACT Writing 6 9


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $30,104
Fees $650
Total $30,754
Room and Board (on campus) $9,218
Room Only $4,688
Board Only $4,530
Estimated Total On Campus $39,972


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
59% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$18,616 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,381 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Carroll offers generous academic scholarships. All prospective freshmen and transfer students accepted to Carroll are automatically considered for guaranteed minimum scholarships and awards.

  • Freshman Scholarships range from $8,000 to $18,000 per year for four years.
  • Transfer Scholarships range from $8,000 to $12,000 per year through degree completion.

In addition to merit scholarships, students may qualify for awards available in the fields of:
Athletics • Cheerleading • Choir • Forensics • Jazz Band • Pep Band • Theatre • Student Government