Carroll College is a private, Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts and professional college located in Helena, the capital city of Montana. Established in 1909 by Bishop John Carroll, the school was originally called the Mount St. Charles College after St. Charles Borromeo and was founded as an all-men’s liberal arts college with emphasis on preparing men for the priesthood and careers in law, medicine, teaching and engineering; today the College is coeducational. 1932 the college was renamed Carroll College in honor of its founder. Today, Carroll College is a top ranking institution which has earned top national and regional awards for its programs in biology, civil engine ringing, nursing, and mathematics and was named the best among regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
Carroll College’s mission for the last hundred years has been to “produce students with strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands.” The College strives to instill “an enduring wonder for knowledge that will prepare students for leadership in their chosen vocations”; offers “an integrative and value-centered education rooted in freedom of inquiry”; purposes to faithfully engage “the intellectual tradition and teachings of the Catholic Church”; to serve “all with humility, especially our neighbors who are poor and marginalized”; and to welcome “all persons of good in a cooperative journey toward truth and virtue”.
Carroll College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1949. As an undergraduate college, Carroll offers a wide range of academic majors, pre-professional programs and several additional minors and course offerings. The College’s undergraduate research and campus facilities are funded by several sources including the E.L Wiegand Foundation, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the National Science Foundation as well as the U.S. Department of Education.
Carroll College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, all of whom are undergraduates. The male to female ratio of the student body is approximately 3 to 2 and though students of all faiths and walks are welcome, the majority of students identify themselves as Catholic. Carroll College views life on campus as an integral part of their students’ educational experience and expects all students to live on-campus in college housing during the course of their stay. Accommodations are offered to students through its several residence halls.
More than 30 clubs and organizations are active on Carroll College’s campus, including the Carroll Adventuring and Mountaineers Program (CAMP), Carroll Outreach Team, Carroll Student Activities (CSA) and much more. Carroll College’s students have received both national and international recognition for their volunteer service work – the student body has been called out by organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research, Hospital, Engineers Without Borders, Rotary International and the American Society of Civil Engineers. As a member of the NAIA, Carroll College’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Division I level primarily in the Frontier Conference.