Carroll College, Helena Montana

New Student Orientation

Welcome to Carroll College!

We’re very excited to welcome you to campus this spring! 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 to join us for 2016 New Student Orientation. The student orientation program will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016. For more information on New Student Orientation, contact Stephanie Pung, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, at 406.447.5482 or on email at

2016 Spring Student Schedule »




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

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!