FAQs

Admission

Yes, all first year and transfer students are considered for merit aid. First year merit scholarships are based on a combination of secondary school grades and either SAT/ACT scores or TOEFL/IELTS scores.   Transfer student scholarships are based on the grade point average at the time of transfer. Athletic scholarships are also available for qualified students.

For more information regarding international student admission, scholarships, cost of attendance and more, please go to: /admission/int/ or email Michelle Lewis at intl@carroll.edu.

About Helena/Things To Do

Besides Carroll athletics, Helena is home to the Brewers, a minor league affiliate baseball team to the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Helena Bighorns, a junior hockey club. Citizens also play in adult-league soccer, softball and football year-round.

You sure can. The Helena Regional Airport (HLN) flies to and receives flights daily from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake and Minneapolis.

Helena's city-limit population as of 2016 was 31,169, while the greater Helena area is home to over 77,000 people.

Yes! Taco Del Sol, Staggering Ox, Pita Pit, LaPa Grill, Cafe Zydeco, Murray's and Firetower are great places to grab a quick lunch. For a fancy date, you might want to try On Broadway, Benny's Bistro, Silver Star, or Lucca's. For fun with friends, Bert and Ernie's, the Brewhouse, Bridge Pizza and the Windbag are popular places. But don't overlook Bullman's Pizza, Toi's Thai, Jade Garden, Mackenzie River Pizza or the Mediterranean Grill either. Helena has a lot of unique options!

What isn't there to do? Helena is home to several local theaters (like Grandstreet Theatre) that run productions year-round. Carroll students get discounted movie tickets at the Myrna Loy Center. The Cinemark is across the street from campus. We have a symphony orchestra, a farmer's market, and a fall art walk. Helena is home to the Archie Bray, the premier ceramics institute in the nation. Live music can be found downtown almost nightly, or catch a game from one of our minor league baseball and hockey teams. Shopping, eating, dancing — you can do it all here!

Almost anything. For hiking and mountain biking the choices are endless, Mount Helena is right near by and there are millions of acres of state and national forest surrounding Helena. Excellent rock climbing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, and back country camping lie within 30-60 minutes of campus.

Mount Helena is the closest hiking to Carroll -- the trailheads are about a ten-minute walk from campus. But within a thirty minute drive there is hiking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Gates of the Mountains, Grizzly Gulch -- even the south hills offer some fantastic trails.

Downtown Helena is home to stores like Sole Sisters, Base Camp, and Montana Book and Toy Company. If you're looking for chain stores, on the other side of town you'll find Costco, Macy's, Target, ShopKo, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Walmart and Ross. The bargain hunter in you might opt for Good Samaritan thrift store, or Golden Girls antique mall. We've got a little bit of everything!

Academic

Yes. As part of our CORE requirements, all students are required to take courses in math, history, fine arts, natural science, social science, literature, philosophy, and theology, along with overlapping requirements such as "writing intensive" courses in and out of your major, and courses labeled as "national diversity" or "global diversity" courses. An example of a national diversity class is Native American Studies or American Literature, which are courses that could also satisfy social science or literature CORE requirements, respectively.

Carroll does award college credits for College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations and for higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams upon enrollment. Please see our AP-IB Guide for information specific to each subject test.

We do recommend that students take the essay portion of the test as we can then use that information in advising and placement, however, we do not require the essay portion of the ACT/SAT for admission.

Yes! Though Carroll College is mainly an undergraduate institution offering Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, we are beginning to offer graduate degrees. Our first graduate program offered is the Master of Accountancy.

Yes! Carroll has a variety of education abroad opportunities, including direct exchanges with schools in Kumamoto, Japan, and Caen, France. We are also members of the International Student Exchange Program, sending students to schools in 53 countries across the globe. Go to the global education page for more information!

Carroll's internship coordinator places students in internships at Carroll, in Helena, at other locations in Montana, and across the country. Through this relevant work experience students can earn credits, invaluable experience, and connections in their field.

Yes. Fall Semester is from the end of August to December. Spring Semester is from January to May.

We don't hold specific minimum requirements for entrance. As a guideline, however, our average incoming GPA is a 3.6 and our average ACT score is a 25 (1200 SAT). We evaluate a student's entire application before making a decision, (high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and personal statement) and there are students above and below our average marks that have convinced us that they can perform well at Carroll.

Carroll offers over 40 different majors ranging from accounting to engineering to philosophy and history. You can view a complete listing of majors here.

Students at Carroll can prepare for any number of professional schools including: Medical, Dental, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and Law.

You can learn more about our academic offerings here.

Athletic

Plenty. The list changes each year, but this year we had intramural football, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, kickboxing, softball, bowling, ultimate frisbee, and dodgeball. Students can also sign up for 1-credit fitness classes in dance, martial arts, swimming, yoga and more.

All regular season home games are free for Carroll students.

The Hunthausen Activity Center has a fully-equipped fitness center, weight training rooms, rooms for fitness classes, a racquetball/wallyball court, rock climbing tower, bouldering wall, and a spacious gym. Furthermore, we house outdoor recreational equipment for student use. Admission to the Hunthausen Activity Center is free to all students. Hours and more details about our workout facilities can be found on the Hunthausen Activity Center website.

Carroll College competes in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Frontier Conference.

The Carroll Crazies are our dedicated student fans - a group of students easily spotted by their bright gold shirts and high energy level in the stands.

Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, and Golf.

Women's Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, and Softball.

Catholic Affiliation

No. Just over half of the students who report a religious affiliation report that they are Catholic, and the rest are students of other denominations or faiths, or non-believers. Carroll balances its Catholic tradition with also creating an environment that is welcoming to all.

No. While we offer daily Mass on campus in our various chapels and the campus center, students are not required to attend Mass, and no attendance is taken at Mass. Catholic Sacraments are an opportunity and not a requirement.

As part of our CORE requirements, Carroll students are required to take Theological Foundations and an additional theology course at Carroll, along with courses in math, history, fine arts, natural science, social science, literature, and philosophy.

Carroll College is Roman Catholic and sponsored by the Diocese of Helena. As only one of seven remaining Diocesan colleges in the United States, we are committed to education for lifelong ministry. Just as Gonzaga University and Seattle University are commonly referred to as “Jesuit,” Carroll and its counterparts are referred to as "Diocesan Catholic."

In addition to taking theology courses as part of the core curriculum, Carroll is committed to producing socially conscious and ethical graduates grounded in strong values. Courses and clubs provide service opportunities and we have guest speakers on moral and theological topics. Campus Ministry offers our students a supportive and welcoming environment in which they can explore and strengthen their spirituality. To learn more about our mission and Catholic identity please visit this page.

Clubs and Events

A huge variety, with everything from Art, Theatre and Astronomy clubs to Rock Climbing and Outdoor Adventure groups to Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and other academic specialty organizations. Campus Ministry and Campus Christian Fellowship at Carroll are very active. Political groups-campus Democrats and Republicans-plus organizations promoting Environmental Activism and Recycling (The Green Team), Social Equality (GSA, Gay-Straight Alliance), Social Justice (SJS), International Students (OASIS) and Public Service (FACES) offer something for everyone. Students are welcome to participate politically in Student Government, the student senate and residence hall councils. Become a reporter for the campus newspaper (Prospector) and/or submit pen prose and poetry for Carroll’s literary magazine (Colors) which are all open to students. There is also the famous Carroll Crazies Sports Fan Club, the Pep Band, and the Drumline.

Concerts, lectures, dances, comedians, international food festivals, a huge spring softball tournament, hayrides, just to name a few, and most are free to Carroll students. The student government, ASCC, sponsors monthly free ice skating and broom hockey nights after the local Helena Ice Arena hockey games, free bowling nights, free movie nights and free coffee nights with musical entertainment both on and off campus. Carroll Unplugged performances and Piano Night showcases Carroll talent for the entire community. Home games for our sports teams rock the packed PE Center. In the past year, Carroll has hosted several bands (The Clumsy Lovers, Paradym and Crispin to name a few) and the college performing arts department typically produces four plays each academic year for the entire campus and Helena communities, with admission free to Carroll students. Dances occurring throughout the academic year include Homecoming, the Set-Up Your Roommate (SYR) dance, the Barn Dance and the dance at the spring Junior-Senior banquet, among others. The campus observatory is open several days each month for astronomical viewing through the large-aperture telescope. Religious retreats, scripture study and Masses are available daily.

Demographics
Residence Life

Yes. The buildings are co-ed, but gender is separated differently by building. In Guadalupe Hall and St. Charles Hall, genders are divided by wing. In Borromeo Hall, the students are separated by floor. In Trinity Hall, genders are separated by room.

Yes. Students may bring cars to campus as early as their freshman year. Parking passes are $90 or $165 depending on the lot and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

No. Carroll does not have any sanctioned fraternities or sororities.

Students are required to live on campus their first two years. First year students are housed in Guadalupe Hall and St. Charles Hall, and Sophomores are usually housed in St. Charles.

Upperclassmen may choose to live off campus although apartment style housing and apartments are available on campus for Juniors and Seniors.

Not only Carroll College but Helena, MT as a whole is an extremely safe area. To provide security for our students, all resident halls are equipped with Onity Card Key access. Our students feel secure walking around campus at any time, day or night. The campus is well-lit and there are two Emergency Intercoms available. Also, we have a contracted security company, Securitas, that patrols the grounds 24-hours a day during the week and from 3:00 PM – 7:00 AM on weekends. Students can also reach Securitas by calling 406-461-7611. For more information on campus security, click here.

Yes. There is wireless internet available in all common areas on campus and in all residence hall rooms. There is also ethernet capability in the residence hall rooms.

The beds are extra-long twins.

Students living on campus have a choice of 3 meal plans for their first year. Meal plans include a combination of "meals," which are eaten in the dining hall and "flex dollars," which are used in the café and coffee/snack shops on campus.

CA stands for Community Advisors. Other schools call this position a residential assistant, but our Community Advisors take a more active role than mere "assistants;" they are facilitators of activities, programs, fun, and learning. Community Advisors are upperclassmen placed in the residence halls to build community on their floors, in the halls, and across campus.

Unique to Carroll College, Peer Ministers are peer advisors placed in the residence halls by Campus Ministry. They work in coordination with Campus Ministry to organize events focused on Catholic life on campus, including daily masses, various spiritual retreats, and on-campus get-togethers and activities. They are also available for guidance and support to the students they live with in the halls, in a mentor role. Find out more.

Tuition and Scholarships

Merit based scholarships for first year students are renewable for four years - as long as the student is a full time student and in good academic standing. With red-shirt athletes, merit based scholarships are renewable for five years – with the same requirements for academic standing. Other Carroll College gift aid may be based on financial need, intended major, or other factors and may need to be re-evaluated each year.  Merit based scholarships for transfer students are renewable for up to six semesters (3 years) as long as the student is attending full time and is in good academic standing.

Of course! Students bring in over $900,000 to Carroll in outside scholarships annually. See how you can get in on that action.

Yes. Coaches may offer Athletic Scholarships of varying amounts to students in conjunction with Merit Scholarships.

If you can't find it at the Financial Aid website, give us a call! 1.800.992.3648 or 406.447.5425.

Carroll College is committed to offering generous academic scholarships. As part of the application to Carroll College, new incoming freshman students are automatically considered for one of our Freshman Merit Awards. These 2018-19 awards are based upon the student's cumulative high school GPA and either ACT or SAT test scores.

New Freshmen StudentsAmount
Bishop Carroll Scholarship$19,000
Presidential Scholarship$17,000
Trustee Scholarship$16,000
All Saints Award$14,000
Founders Award$12,000

Find out more »

For the majority of our institutional scholarships, the annual application deadline is December 1st.

The 2018-2019 tuition, fixed fees and room & board costs before financial aid:

 SemesterAnnual
Full Time Tuition (12-19 CREDITS)$17,253$34,506
Room and Board$4,990$9,980
Fixed Fees$490$980
Total Direct (Billable) Charges:$22,733$45,466

Total Cost of Attendance includes allowances for Books and Supplies of $1,250, Personal Expenses of $1,700, Transportation Expenses of $1,500, and Loan Fees of $72 for a total cost of attendance of $49,988 for the year.

If you choose to live at home with parents your room and board allowance will be adjusted to $3,124 for the year ($1,562 a semester) and your aid may be revised.

Get the full breakdown of tuitions and fees here. Opportunities for financial aid and scholarships are available on our Financial Aid website.