Carroll Early Access

Carroll's Early Access allows high school juniors and seniors to start their college experience and career path now. Registration begins December 3.

Get an early start on college – for free!

Carroll College Early Access Applications are due on Friday, December 13. Completed applications must include a sign off from a high school counselor.

Monday, Dec 2Carroll Early Access application opens with initial list of available spring classes.
Friday, Dec 13Completed applications due to Carroll College
Mon, Dec 9 - Fri, Dec 20Applications reviewed and students registered for classes
Tuesday, Jan 7Spring 2020 Orientation for new and returning Carroll Early Access students
Monday, Jan 13First day of spring classes at Carroll
Tuesday, Jan 21Last day to add/drop; final due date for payment or enrollment will be cancelled automatically

Studies indicate that students who are exposed to college while still in high school have higher rates than their peers of both enrolling in four-year institutions and successfully earning a college degree. In addition, early college access is shown to mitigate the traditional educational attainment gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students.1

Starting early provides high school students the opportunity to acquire up to a year’s worth of college credits tuition-free, resulting in the possibility of graduating college in three years. By creating a pathway to begin a career sooner, students are able to enter the workforce or graduate school earlier, resulting in potentially higher lifetime earnings. 

1Early College, Early Success: Early College High School Initiative Impact Study, American Institutes for Research, September 2013

The Program

The Carroll Early Access program provides an authentic, on-campus college experience for local Helena students tuition-free. High school juniors and seniors may take up to two classes per semester from the approved course list. Most courses are three credits but those that offer a lab component will be four credits. Classes will be taught by Carroll's outstanding professors and you will learn alongside current Carroll students on Carroll's campus. Students who complete the courses will receive Carroll College credits, which can be used at Carroll to pursue a future degree or transferred to another institution. While tuition is free, there is a nominal $60 student fee per semester and some classes have an additional course fee (such as labs) to cover supplies. In addition to these fees, students are responsible for the purchase of their own books and supplies. Families are responsible for the student's transportation to and from campus.

Additional Benefits

Students enrolled in the program will be issued a Carroll ID that will provide access to Carroll's Corette Library as well as Carroll home athletic and performing arts events. Students will be invited to attend lectures and other academic events available to all Carroll students. A parking pass will also be provided for students to park in specified areas on campus.

Online Registration

You can now register online!