Admission Counselors

The Carroll College Admission Counselors welcome you

The Office of Admission at Carroll College would like to meet with you when you come to visit! We look forward to working with you and appreciate the opportunity to help you as you journey through your college search.

A few tips from our counselors:

  • Search and apply early.  It probably goes without saying that leaving your college search until the last minute or spending your whole senior year working on college applications is not the best plan! Connect early with admission representatives from the schools you are considering and get the ball rolling.
  • Ask lots of questions. You should be considering a number of schools, and a good admission counselor knows this. They should be of assistance not only in answering questions about their college, but also offer general insight to help you in your college search. It helps to have a good relationship with your admission counselor so they can help you make the best decision. After all, it’s your future and you want  to find the college that is the best fit for you .
  • Spend time on your decision. Choosing the right school is a BIG decision, so take some time with the schools you are considering. Don’t just jump from website to website and think that you will learn all you need to know about the college. You’re trying to determine which of these colleges will be your home for the next 4-5 years so take the time to strongly consider your options. These are important years filled with learning, both in and out of the classroom, and working on becoming the person you were meant to be! Big decisions require time - so take it!
  • Visit campus in person. Campus visits are the best way to get a good feel for a college. You want to be able to see what campus life is like, interact with current students and faculty, even try out the campus cuisine, everything that is really going to round out your college experience.

Take a moment to meet your Admission Counselors below!

Admission Counselors

Cynthia Thornquist Cynthia Thornquist

Cynthia ThornquistDirector of Admission and Enrollment

Email:cthornqu@carroll.edu

Phone: 406 447 4389

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

You will love Carroll College because we have the most compassionate and energetic students. I have become friends with so many of the terrific students who were here, studied hard, accomplished amazing things both on and off campus, and have gone on to do the same compassionate things in their communities and in the world. Carroll's students make this place the special place that it is. I say without any reservation that you will make friends for life at Carroll... and that's why you'll LOVE Carroll College!

 

Michelle Lewis Michelle Lewis

Michelle LewisDirector, International Programs

Territory: International Students & US Citizens living abroad

Email: mlewis@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 5406
Skype: carroll_college_ipo

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

The campus and the Helena community are beautiful and very safe; our fantastic location in the Rocky Mountains means fresh air, blue skies and lots of opportunities to hike, fish, ski and snowboard.   The people are very welcoming and friendly; many students are engaged in incredible volunteer and social justice projects and the faculty go out of their way to help students.  As you compare colleges and universities, keep in mind Carroll’s small classes and friendly atmosphere. The value and the quality of education that you receive is recognized in our rankings.  You will actually get to know your professors, which is so important for going on to graduate or professional study since recommendations are a large part of the graduate and professional school admissions process.

 

Ty Eisbach Ty Eisbach

Ty EisbachSenior Associate Director of Admission

Territory: Oregon, Western Washington

Email: teisbach@carroll.edu
Phone: 503 281 3079
Location: Portland, OR

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

Being a small, private liberal arts college doesn’t make Carroll unique but we are distinguished in many ways. Carroll has been competitive nationally in a number of our academic majors most notably in biology where Carroll has ranked in the 95 percentile for the past nine 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. And Carroll’s overall pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is 90%, compared to a national pass rate of about 75%. In addition, we’ve been told The Nursing Laboratory at Carroll College is one of the premier nurse training facilities in the nation according to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). These are only a few of the many accomplishments at Carroll which in addition to strong liberal arts in a faith based community makes Carroll a special place. Our faculty is top notch and always puts the students first.

I experienced this first hand as a student and continue to hear this amongst our students today. Helena, Montana also provides a beautiful backdrop in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a capitol city with many cultural events, live music and outdoor activities to take part in which only adds to the Carroll experience.

Jamie Jones Jamie Jones

Jamie JonesSenior Assistant Director of Admission

Territory: Eastern Washington 
Email: jjones@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 5483

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

College is a chance to reinvent yourself, and there's no more supportive environment to do that in than at Carroll. There are so many opportunities for you here at Carroll, and you will enjoy being a part of the campus community.

You'll also love backpacking on the many trails in and around nearby Helena!

Stephanie Pung Stephanie Pung

Stephanie PungAssistant Director of Admission

Territory: Northern California and all Transfer & Re-Admit Students

Email:  spung@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 5482

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

There’s so much to love! Carroll is truly a community – our small size makes it easy to learn, to meet people, to explore your passions, and to have fun. Our professors are committed to you as a student, and a degree from Carroll means a lot. Not to mention, we’re a beautiful campus in a beautiful state.

Carroll was home to me for four years as a student.  I was the only one from my high school class to come to Carroll, but I made friends quickly. At Orientation I met my freshman roommate for the first time, and we remained roommates for all four years in college! I loved getting involved in Campus Ministry and I was a Kirchen Minister for a year. In addition to the great courses I took as a student, volunteering in the community and taking part in Headlights service immersion trips were also important components of my education.

Jared Engels Jared Engels

Jared EngelsAdmission Counselor

Territory: Eastern Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada

Email: jengels@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 4382

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

I can’t really tell you why you’ll love Carroll so much as encourage you to come and experience it yourself. It is hard to accurately describe the amazing people, campus and surrounding area that create a great environment. I truly believe that it is mostly due to the genuinely friendly and happy students, staff and faculty who live and work here. Carroll has so much to offer: personable professors who teach interesting, yet challenging classes, to the numerous organizations that add diversity and flavor. Not to mention the great access to the some of the most beautiful and adventure-filled outdoors anywhere.

Sean Courtney Sean Courtney

Sean CourtneyAdmission Counselor

Territory: Western Montana, Idaho

Email: scourtney@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 4336

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

When I showed up to Carroll College, I had never even been to Montana! But I know you will fall in love with this place just like I did when you meet the incredible people here and get to have a new adventure every day! You have classes where you know your peers, professors who care about you, and the occasional deer that greet you unexpectedly when you walk across campus.

Carroll was a “home away from home” for me. My roommate taught me to fly-fish; I was involved in Campus Ministry and had chances to grow in my faith; and thoroughly enjoyed my classes because what I learned always applied to the rest of my life! Carroll is an amazing place so come and visit us!

Kaelynn Olsen Kaelynn Olsen

Kaelynn OlsenAdmission Counselor

Territory:  Central Montana, Helena, Northern Montana, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, & Unincorporated US.

Email: kolsen@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 4386

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

I think there are many reasons you will love Carroll, mostly because it has something to offer everyone.  We have amazing science programs, fantastic art opportunities, and enlightening lectures.  You can learn how to play quidditch, or cheer on a nationally ranked football team.  You can go hiking and mountain biking, or learn how to crotchet.  Take in a movie or stroll the boutiques.  The possibilities are endless!  Chances are that you will meet several other students and maybe a professor who will want to tag along.  Carroll’s small campus provides an amazing family environment perfect for nurturing your mental, physical, and spiritual growth.  Here at Carroll you will build relationships that will last a lifetime, leave with phenomenal memories, and gain an education that will lead you to endless opportunities.   

Come for a visit and you’ll never want to leave, I know I haven’t.

Chris Axtman Chris Axtman

Chris AxtmanAdmission Counselor

Territory: Southwest Montana, Southern California, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Minnesota, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi

Email: caxtman@carroll.edu
Phone: 406 447 5575

Why I think you'll love Carroll College

Carroll College allows you to be the person you are meant to be. Whatever background you come from, wherever you come from, at Carroll you will find a place that will be home to you. You will find someone, a professor, a friend, a coach, who will encourage you to grow and reach your full potential. Carroll is a rare place where acceptance is the norm and family-like bonds are the expectation. This made my experience here amazing, and I am sure it will do the same for you!