Idyllic. That, in a word, best describes Carroll College’s setting in the heart of Helena, Montana. We enjoy a truly special relationship with the Helena community, and our students enjoy the kind of lifestyle here that very few colleges or universities in the country can match.
With a population of just over 30,000—as well as another 60,000 in the surrounding county—Helena offers an intimacy and small-town feel that is unmistakable, while at the same time delivering world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, academics and internships, and arts and culture. In Helena, your moments are waiting.
Situated in the west central Montana, and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Lewis and Clark National Forest, Helena offers an abundance of distinctive outdoor opportunities. You’ll find more than 75 miles of hiking and biking trails just minutes from campus, and Helena is in close proximity to the Continental Divide Trail, natural hot springs, Great Divide Ski Area, and the Missouri River. Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park are just a few hours away.
The weather is usually clear, sunny and dry. The average annual snowfall in Helena is 47.5 inches, and the average number of days with snow on the ground is 61 per year.
The arts thrive in Helena. Here, you’ll find a vibrant community of artists, actors, singers, and performers who share their talents and creativity every day. You can explore the Holter Museum of Modern Art or the The Archie Bray Foundation, as well as many other art galleries downtown. The Helena Symphony is one of the hottest tickets in town all year long, as are the performances at the Montana Shakespeare Company, Grandstreet Theatre, and Myrna Loy Center. And you’ll find jazz festivals, art shows, rodeos, sled dog races, and microbrew reviews happening throughout the year.
Capital City Moments
As the capital of Montana, Helena offers a rich diversity of opportunities that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Our students have unparalleled access to internships at a wide range of offices, as well as state and federal agencies that are headquartered here. Some of these internship opportunities include U.S. Senator John Tester, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many more.