Carroll College, Helena Montana

New Student Orientation

Welcome to Carroll College!

We’re very excited to welcome you to campus this fall! The New Student Orientation is designed to provide you with essential information related to academic requirements and campus resources at Carroll. In addition, orientation activities provide you the opportunity to make valuable connections with current faculty, staff and students.

The freshman experience at Carroll is designed to integrate students into our energetic learning environment while fostering new friendships and connections. In the Alpha Seminars, students learn critical reading, writing and thinking skills in a small seminar-style class. The year begins with a relevant piece of literature read by the entire freshman class which sets the stage for meaningful discussion throughout the semester. Alpha Seminars are led by professors from across the academic spectrum. They serve as advisors to students by providing close faculty/student interaction and academic counseling throughout the year.

Freshman Orientation shapes new students’ experiences by encouraging new friendships, facilitate students discovering Helena, and absorbing a key part of the Carroll experience—helping others.

New Student Orientation

Carroll College would like to invite all new and transfer students--and their parents--to join us for 2015 New Student Orientation. The student orientation program will be held from Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 23. The parent orientation program will be held from Thursday evening, August 20, through Friday evening, August 21. Move-in day is Thursday, August 20. For more information on New Student Orientation, contact Patrick Harris, Director of Student Activities and Leadership, at 406.447.4380 or on email at

2015 Student Schedule »    2015 Parent Schedule »   2015 Transfer, Re-admit and Non-traditional Student Schedule »

Helpful Tips for Orientation

  • Dress comfortably. Students and parents will be dressed in casual clothes for Move-In Day and orientation. Wear comfortable shoes or sandals.
  • Stay hydrated. Think about bringing a water bottle that you can refill between walks to campus buildings.
  • Arrive early. Check-in for Guad Hall and St. Charles Hall begins at 10:00am on Move-In Day. Give yourself time to get unpacked before the orientation program starts at 4:00pm. 
  • Eat regular meals. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on Move-In Day to stay energized for unpacking, meeting new people and attending programs.
  • Introduce yourself. Introduce yourself to everyone you meet, sit next to in a program, or visit with while sitting outside between sessions.
  • Run errands. Know that you will have time to shop locally in Helena for room supplies, toiletries and groceries. Use free time to run errands.
  • Ask questions. Ask any and all questions that you may have. If you need more time with a presenter, approach the speaker after a session is concluded.
  • Have fun. Whether you are a new student or the parent of a new student, enjoy the start of this adventure at Carroll College!

Welcome Week Activities

As part of the orientation process there are a number of welcome week events offered which allow students to meet new friends and become familiar with Carroll and the Helena Community. 

  • Monday August 24 -  Coffee in Downtown Helena (Free)
  • Monday August 24  - Hike Mount Helena
  • Tuesday August 25th “It’s not all about Sex” Alpha Seminar Lecture with Kelly Parsley
  • Wednesday August 26 - Club Fair and Open House from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in All Saints Hall.  This is when you will sign up for clubs, sign up to be a part of the Carroll College Programming Board, & also have the chance to talk to banks and other vendors in the Helena
  • Thursday August 27 – A fun Awareness Program
  • Friday August 28 - Community Living BBQ and Slip N Slide 
  • Saturday August 29th  - Carroll Night at the Helena Brewers Baseball Game (Free)
  • Sunday August 30th - New Students Rafting Trip down the Alberton Gorge
  • Wednesday Sept 2nd.  Open Mic Night!
  • September 5th.  Opening Football Game Carroll vs Southern Oregon University
  • Sept 25-27 - New Student Hiking Trip



What to Pack

What to pack

Campus housing at Carroll will provide you with a bed, mattress, closet, desk, desk chair, cable television connection and computer data port. Items you may want to pack would include:

  • Bedding: sheets, blankets, comforters and pillow. (Campus beds are 72 inches long so extra-long sheets are suggested)
  • Towels: Towels and wash cloths
  • Alarm clock
  • Computer
  • Television
  • Dorm fridge (4.5 cubic feet or smaller)
  • Small microwave
  • Music (stereo, radio, MP3 player)
  • Reading lamp, area rug, posters, poster putty, framed photos
  • Laundry bag, detergent, dryer sheets, stain stick, rolls of quarters
  • Toiletries: Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, razors, hair dryer, shower tote
  • School supplies: Calculator, dictionary, paper, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, ruler, tape, scissors and backpack
  • Clothes, shoes, hangers
  • Please note: Only allowable pet: Fish. (Fish bowl, fish food)


What not to Pack

What Not to Pack

Campus housing at Carroll College will provide you with a safe living and learning environment. To enhance the safety of all residents living in community, we ask you to not bring these items with you to college:

  • Toaster ovens, electric skillets, oil corn poppers and hot plates
  • Space heaters, camp stoves and fuel canisters
  • Candles, incense and incense burners
  • Paintball guns, hunting knives, firearms and ammunition
  • Lofts for beds
  • Waterbeds
  • Air conditioners
  • Pets other than fish

Information for hunters: Carroll College offers storage for hunting rifles brought to campus in a case or storage-type container. All hunting rifles must be unloaded and ammunition placed in a separate container. Hunting rifles cannot be stored in a student's room in campus housing or in a student's vehicle. Contact Jake Hanley, Assistant Director for Community Living--St Charles Hall, at 406.447.5509 to make arrangements to check-in any firearm to the college's weapon storage prior to arrival on campus.


Payment Options

Orientation Flyers

Outdoor Orientation Trips

Freshman Retreat

Freshman Retreat

Come join us for Freshman Retreat on Sept 11-13, where we take nearly half the 1st year students to beautiful Legendary Lodge on Salmon Lake. Register online now

Alpha Seminar Reading

Our 2015 Alpha summer reading assignment for incoming freshmen is The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day. Find out more

Questions about Technology?

If you are wondering what kind of computer to bring, how to get on the internet, or what kind of technology services are offered, check out the Campus Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) website to get answers to these questions and more!

Recommended Computer

System: Windows 7 or newer or Mac OS 10.7 or newer
Hardware: Any computer purchased within the last few years with wireless connectivity will be sufficient

What do we support?

Phones of any type, iPads, iPods, Android devices, Nooks, Kindles, Xboxs, Playstations, Wiis... you bring it, we most likely will support it!