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Carroll College

Helena, Montana

Carroll College, located in Montana’s state capital Helena, is a private, four-year, Catholic diocesan college providing undergraduate education to nearly 1,500 students. Founded in 1909, Carroll has distinguished itself as a pre-eminent and award-winning leader in 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 faith community 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 a beautiful campus in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.


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 in the western central part of Montana, 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 Yellowstone National Park is a 3.5 hour drive to the south while Glacier National Park is just 3.5 hours to the north.

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

Cross Country
Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)                        

Cross Country
Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

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. 

Service learning and education abroad are important attributes of a Carroll education, with the Carroll community extending across the globe and students studying, interning, and serving 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, where Carroll students and their professional mentors improve public health, build infrastructure and help mitigate local problems. Carroll is pleased to offer direct exchange programs in Chile, France, Japan, Ireland, South Korea and Spain, while at the same time working with colleges and universities offering programs on six continents.

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 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs.

It is impossible to escape the opportunity to grow intellectually, imaginatively, and socially at Carroll.  Students examine the challenges of modern society and ask life’s fundamental questions in a Catholic college setting. Whether you find yourself in a lecture, in one of Carroll’s cutting edge laboratories, or drawing upon Montana’s diverse ecosystem and natural beauty as an extended classroom, you will find yourself connecting ideas in active and new ways.

Carroll’s professors believe that every individual is an important aspect of the learning process. You will be invited—and encouraged—to engage in their small classes. The ecumenical culture of Carroll creates a common ground in the classroom where you are held in esteem—by students and professors—while you uncover knowledge and gain an understanding of yourself.

As a result, Carroll students are driven to be involved. You will have the option 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, even organizing an annual literary festival that attracts authors from the Northwest and beyond.

At Carroll College, they believe living in a supportive community is a valuable part of your education. They don’t just occupy classrooms together at Carroll. They engage in all sorts of ways—like in professors’ offices for some one-on-one instruction, grabbing a bite to eat together in the Cube, or meeting with a peer minister to help plan a retreat. They even jog together up Mount Helena.

The college experience is a great lesson in balance. At Carroll College, students find time to compete on Saints teams, enjoy dinner together, hang out with hall mates…and participate in activities like student-favorite softball weekend!

With 340 campus events hosted by Student Activities—and many more by student clubs—campus buzzes with Softball Weekend, musical performances, swing dances, open mic nights, Slip N’ Slide down Guad Hill, and more.

At Carroll, you’re encouraged to be more than just a student. You’re invited to be a vital part of a community that asks you to share your talents.

Carroll’s motto is Non Scholae sed Vitae – Not for School but for Life. Carroll alumni will tell you this means that through your Carroll education, you will develop as a person and be prepared to meet the ever-changing challenges in your professions and the world. As a Carroll graduate, you will enter society with a deep sense of commitment to the human family and a passion to live a full, well-rounded life.

Carroll graduates are highly valued 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. 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

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