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Carroll College Ranked as #1 Regional College in the West, Moves up to #1 in Best Value

HELENA, MT – For the fifth straight year, Carroll College is the top rated Regional College in the West according to U.S. News & World Report. Carroll earned a perfect score of 100 with the 2016 rankings providing data on nearly 1,400 schools.

"Carroll College is honored to once again be recognized for the exceptional education and value we provide to our students," said Carroll College President Dr. Tom Evans. "Carroll is the product of ambitious students, accomplished alumni, engaged faculty and staff, and a supportive community. There are many exciting developments happening on campus and we are excited to see what the future holds."

In addition to the #1 ranking for Best Regional College in the West, Carroll moved into the top spot for Best Value College in the West. New to Carroll College this year is a #1 ranking as Best Regional College in the West for Veterans. Carroll also retained the top standing for Regional Colleges in the West in the Freshman Retention Rate category, with an 82% retention rate.  

The “Best Colleges” rankings, released annually by U.S. News & World Report, provide one of the most comprehensive and reputable assessments of how nearly 1,600 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 16 indicators of excellence. Among the quality factors measured in the rankings are peer assessment, graduation and student retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Carroll College Veteran Services

Carroll College is committed to providing veteran students with the support and resources needed to address the unique academic, financial, and social needs of veterans transitioning from combat to campus, throughout their academic career.

Using Veteran Education Benefits at Carroll

Welcome to Carroll College Veteran Services, once you have completed the admissions process and have been accepted to Carroll, you will need to complete the Carroll College VA Enrollment Form.  Submission of this form, will help us to accurately identify your level of federal eligibilty and advise you on how your benefits work and apply at Carroll. 

Carroll College's Veteran Services is here to assist you with applying for your benefits, providing information on how your education benefits and college processes work together, and connecting you with college resources such as academic advising, counseling, tutoring services, and financial aid resources. 

Veteran Services is located in room 109 in Borromeo Hall across from the Career Services Office. You may also contact us by phone at (406) 447-4550, or by email at  We look forward to serving you. 

Yellow Ribbon Institution

*Carroll College is honored to be a Yellow Ribbon Institution and 2016 Military Friendly School!*
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay up to $21,970.46 for your tuition and fees. If you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at 100%, you will qualify for the Yellow Ribbon agreement.  Carroll will then contribute up to 50% of the remaining tuition and fee expenses, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will match that amount. This means your entire tuition and fees may be paid for at Carroll! The Department of Veterans Affairs will also pay you a monthly housing allowance up to $1,056 a month and up to $1,000 stipend for books & supplies. Get more detailed information about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Executive Order 13607

Executive Order 13607 – Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and other Family Members.

On April 27, 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13607.  This executive order encourages institutions of Higher Education to recognize the importance of transparency when providing students with outcome measurements, financial disclosure documents and enhanced enforcement and compliance mechanisms. 

Carroll College agrees to comply with the Principles of Excellence Order and commits to:

  • Providing accurate and meaningful information about the cost and quality of attending Carroll, in an effort to assist service members, veterans, spouses, and their dependents in making choices about how to use their Federal educational benefits;
  • Preventing any abusive and deceptive recruiting practices that target the recipients of Federal military and veterans educational benefits; and
  • Providing high-quality academic advising and student support to all veteran students, spouses, and their dependents.
  • Ensuring accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
  • Providing reasonable accommodations for service members and reservists absent due to service requirements.

View Executive Order 13607 in its entirety.

For additional information on the cost of attending college please visit:

For information regarding the cost of attendance at Carroll College for the 2016-2017 academic year, please see the following:

Cost of Attendance 2016-2017

Carroll College Awarded 2016 Military Friendly School Designations

Military Advanced EducationCarroll College has been designated as a top school in the Military Advanced Education 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The guide was released in the December issue of Military Advanced Education magazine.

“Carroll College is honored to serve our service members, veterans and their families,” said Carroll College Veteran Service Coordinator Brandy Keely. The college’s designation in the guide is an opportunity to educate veterans about the quality of programs available at Carroll to help provide them with a seamless transition to higher education.

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. Institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Read more


Military Friendly 2016 LogoColleges, Universities and technical schools have earned this prestigious Military Friendly School designation for 2016 by offering the best programs and services to military and veteran students. Carroll College is proud to be a fourth year receipient of this designation and listed amongst America's elite schools. See the website

US News Best Value in the West

In addition to being the #1 school in the US News and World Report 2016 Regional Colleges West rankings and #1 Best Value College in the West, Carroll College has received the #1 ranking for Best College for Veterans in the West. See more.

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Thank you!

Thank you to the men, women, and families of our armed forces!  Carroll College recognizes the service and sacrifices you have made for our country!


Our Mission

Carroll College is dedicated to providing its veteran student population with the highest quality education, and the assistance and guidance necessary to promote the veteran student’s growth, independence, self-worth and potential, in an effort to secure the veteran students’ future through education.

Veterans Textbook Loan Program

The Carroll College Office of Veteran Services is pleased to announce the new Veterans Textbook Loan Program. Beginning fall 2014, this resource will be available to students utiltizing VA educational benefits and attending Carroll College. Through the Veterans Textbook Loan Program, eligible students will be able to rent a number of staple textbooks free of charge for a period of 24 hours or over the weekend.  For more information about how you can access the Veterans Textbook Loan Program, email the Carroll College Veteran Service Coordinator, Brandy Keely at bkeely@


Contact Veteran Services

Brandy Keely, VA Service Coordinator
Carroll College
1601 N. Benton Ave.
Helena, MT  59625

(406) 447-4550

Office Location: Borromeo Hall, room 109 across from the Office of Career Services.