Carroll College, Helena Montana

New Student Orientation

Welcome to Carroll College!

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 with everything from scavenger hunts to charity activities that, in addition to 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 2014 New Student Orientation. The student orientation program will be held from Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, August 24. The parent orientation program will be held from Thursday evening, August 21, through Friday evening, August 22. Move-in day is Thursday, August 21. For more information on New Student Orientation, contact Patrick Harris, Director of Student Activities and Leadership, at 406.447.4380 or on email at

2014 Student Schedule »    2014 Parent Schedule »   2014 Transfer, Re-admit and Non-traditional Student Schedule »

Welcome Week Activities

  • Monday, Aug 25 -  Coffee in Downtown Helena (free), 7pm
  • Monday, Aug 25  - Hike Mount Helena, 6pm
  • Tuesday Aug 26th - Quidditch 7 p.m. on Trinity Lawn
  • Wednesday, Aug 27 - Club Fair and Open House from 6-8pm in the Lower Campus Center. This is when you will sign up for clubs, sign up to be a part of the Carroll College Programming Board, and also have the chance to talk to banks and other vendors in the Helena Area.
  • Thursday, Aug 28 - Sex in the City talk in the Lower Campus Center 7 pm
  • Friday, Aug 29 - Community Living BBQ and Slip n Slide
  • Saturday ,Aug 30  - Carroll Night at the Helena Brewers (Free), 7pm
  • Sunday, Sept 31 - New Students Rafting Trip
  • Sept 19-21 - New Student Hiking Trip
  • Oct 3rd and 4th - Homecoming
  • Nov 7 and 8th - Parents Weekend and Founders Day

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 Vista or newer or Mac OS 10.6 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!

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!

Alpha Seminar Reading

The book selected by our Alpha Seminar faculty for all incoming freshmen to read this summer is Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Greg Boyle. The book should be read before moving to campus in August. Find out more

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
  • Computer network card and ethernet cables for your 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.


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Outdoor Trips

Outdoor Orientation Trips

Whitewater rafting or backpacking, anyone? Yes, please! CAMP will be leading trips on Aug 31 and Sept 19-21. Sign up now

Freshman Retreat

Freshman Retreat

Come join us for Freshman Retreat on Sept 12-14, where we take nearly half the 1st year students to beautiful Legendary Lodge on Salmon Lake. Register online now

Parents Weekend 2014

Parents Weekend

Mark your calendars! Parents Weekend will be held November 7-8, 2014. Find out more