Located in Montana’s capital of Helena, Carroll College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution with award-winning academic programs in biology, civil engineering, nursing, and mathematics. Carroll is named for its founder, the second bishop of Helena John P. Carroll, who opened the school in 1909.
Currently Carroll boasts an 85% acceptance rate at medical and dental schools, and many graduates achieve admission to the most selective graduate schools. A full 100% of engineering undergraduates are accepted into graduate programs, and 90% of Carroll nursing students pass professional exams on the first try. Carroll offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in forty academic majors.
The world class education at Carroll is largely due to their prestigious faculty, which includes Fulbright scholars and winners of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the arts. Numerous federal and private organizations also support student and faculty research.
Carroll combines Catholic spiritual with a scholarly examination of the world, which encourages students to get involved in volunteer service work in the community. On campus, Students of Social Justice educate the student body about important local and international issues. Students even organize on-campus recycling. Students have won recognition for their service from such organizations as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Engineers Without Borders, Rotary International and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Involvement in the community starts immediately when students collect food for the local food bank during freshman orientation, and continues throughout the year as local children flock to the campus to celebrate Halloween. The Campus Ministry has a program called Headlights that organizes service learning trips for students during spring break.
The Campus Ministry also provides many opportunities for worship and spiritual reflection. Every residence hall on campus has its own chapel, and on Sunday nights the campus social center, The Cube, hosts a popular evening Mass. Each resident hall also houses a “Kirchen student.” This position is named for Father Paul Kirchen, who was famous for his generosity and willingness to help others. These students are a go-to resource for other students in need and they also host Bible studies. Freshmen also have the opportunity to go on “Search,” a communal spiritual retreat.
Between classes and volunteering, students also keep busy with numerous activities on and off campus. Downtown Helena provides artistic and cultural entertainment such as theatres, museums, and galleries. The city is surrounded by rich wilderness providing outdoor recreation activities such as wakeboarding, skiing, hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking, backpacking, and golfing. There are also numerous clubs, some boasting regional fame. For example, the forensics team has dominated the Northwest for the past nineteen years. Students are highly encouraged to live on campus so that they can be involved in student activities while keeping conveniently close to classes and the library.
Students can apply for financial aid and may also receive academic merit-based scholarships or athletic scholarships. Carroll College does not currently offer any distance learning programs, but may in the future.