Carroll College

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1601 N. Benton Avenue

Helena, MT 59625-0002

Phone: (406) 447-4300
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
May 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Carroll College is a private institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,464, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 63 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carroll College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 1. Its tuition and fees are $27,914 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in Montana's state capital, Carroll College is a private Catholic four-year college, ranked by U.S.News & World Report as the number-one regional college in the West and the top regional college Best Value School in the West. Students come to Carroll for its combination of top academic programs, affordable tuition with generous financial aid, and the deep sense of community and belonging the campus offers. The city of Helena's Western hospitality and economic strengths give Carroll students a warm welcome, with abundant employment opportunities, access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and plentiful entertainment, sports, arts and cultural offerings. The local business community, nonprofits and state government prize Carroll students as interns and employees, which builds strong resumes and often ends with firm job offers prior to graduation. As the center of Montana's political life, Helena is a natural fit for students desiring civic involvement or careers in public service, law, public policy or nonprofit advocacy.

Almost 80 percent of Carroll graduates earn their degrees in four years or fewer, which keeps tuition and other costs low for students while launching their careers sooner and improving their lifetime incomes. This, combined with Carroll's overall affordability, generous financial aid, personal financial aid planning and graduates' success in obtaining well-paying jobs, has made Carroll's student loan repayment default rate one of the lowest in the nation, a measurable indicator of Carroll student excellence, in college and beyond.

Community at Carroll extends across the globe, with 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, Europe, and Africa, where Carroll students and their professional mentors improve public health, build infrastructure and help solve local problems. Carroll is pleased to offer direct exchange programs in Chile, France, South Korea and Spain, while at the same time working with colleges and universities offering programs on six continents.

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: 100 percent of Carroll nursing students pass the professional NCLEX examination on the first try; 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 graduate school acceptances in their fields. Under grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health, Carroll students are conducting groundbreaking research into infectious diseases, including West Nile Virus and pathogens attacking the brain.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1909
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Carroll College, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15. The application fee at Carroll College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.2%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Carroll College is 12:1, and the school has 65.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Carroll College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 24%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11%
Education 9%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Carroll College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,464, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. Carroll College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,464
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Carroll College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Carroll College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Carroll College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Carroll College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Carroll College, 64.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,538.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $27,914 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,668 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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