First-Year Students

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Admitted candidates are those who, in the view of the Admission Committee, are likely to succeed in and contribute to the Carroll College community. The Committee conducts a comprehensive review when evaluating and determining the admissibility of candidates. In all cases, the underlying principle of comprehensive review for admission consideration is the assessment of preparedness, potential, and purpose. The process is one that weighs heavily the candidate’s past academic performance with the greatest emphasis placed on the candidate’s grades and the quality of academic preparation (curriculum).

Admitted candidates will demonstrate a strong academic background. Carroll does not have established quotas or standardized admission requirements. Decisions are based on a student’s academic performance during high school, verbal and quantitative reasoning skills, secondary school report/letter of recommendation (optional), demonstrated commitment to intellectual achievement, and performance on standardized college entrance examinations. In the case of transfer applicants, collegiate-level work previously completed is considered.

First-year applicants are strongly encouraged to follow a college preparatory curriculum. While such a curriculum is recommended, it is not required in order for a student to be considered for admission to Carroll College. The following is a recommended curriculum schedule for four years of high school:

  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years, including Algebra II
  • Social Studies – 3 years, including U.S. History and U.S. Government
  • Science – 2 years, including one lab science
  • Foreign Language – 2 years
  • Fine Arts (music, art, theatre) – 2 years
  • Technology – 1 year

NOTE: Carroll College is test-optional however, students are required to submit an ACT or SAT score if:

  • The student's unweighted academic GPA is below 2.85
  • The student is homeschooled or attends a school that does not provide letter grades

In addition to coursework, standardized test scores are also a component of the admission decision.  SAT or ACT scores may be sent directly from the testing agency, either the College Board or ACT or they may be included on the student's official high school transcript.  Carroll College's SAT code is: 4041 and ACT code is: 2408.

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall First-Year Applicants

  • November 1 - Early Action*
  • November 1- Direct Entry Nursing Deadline
  • February 1 - Regular Decision Deadline
  • June 15 - Rolling Admission Deadline

Spring First-Year Applicants

  • November 1 - Priority Consideration Deadline
  • December 15 - Regular Decision Deadline

*Non-binding, guaranteed admission decision by December 1 for complete applications