Carroll College is a private, Catholicliberal arts college in Helena, Montana, United States. Carroll College has earned national and regional awards for its academic programs. Carroll's colors are purple and gold. The school's sports teams are labelled the Saints, colloquially known as the "Fighting Saints." Their speech and debate (forensics) team is known as the "Talking Saints."
Carroll College Forensics team in 1999 won a national title in parliamentary debate from the National Parliamentary Debate Association. The team has been the Northwest Region Champions for 20 consecutive years.
Carroll College's female to male student ratio is nearly 3:2 (59%/41%). Montana residents comprise just over two-thirds of the total student body (Montana/Out-of-State: 68%/32%). Of students reporting a religious preference, 60% are Catholic. From an admissions standpoint, US News and World Report indicates Carroll as being "more selective" with an average incoming GPA of 3.46 and ACT of 25. Tuition and fees for the 2011-12 academic year are $25,918. Total estimated attendance (with room and board) is approximately $33,000.
Carroll college offers numerous academic majors in the major liberal arts and life sciences, as well as engineering, education, computer science, nursing, ROTC, and theology. The school offers as well as several medical pre-professional programs including Pre-seminary, pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and pre-veterinary. The school is known for a higher than average rate of acceptance of its students into medical school. The national average medical school acceptance rate is approximately 44%. Unique to the college is a Human-Animal Bond Program, which exists as an academic minor. Carroll also offers an Intensive Language Institute for international students and specialty programs in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
The football team entering the field for a game on October 25, 2008
Carroll College teams, nicknamed athletically as the Fighting Saints, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Frontier Conference. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, football, golf and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball.
The Carroll Fighting Saints football team began playing in 1920 and is one of the most successful programs in the NAIA division of college football. The team has won 11 straight Frontier Conference Championships (2000–2011), ten national final appearances, including six straight (2000–2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), and six NAIA National Football Championships in ten years (2002–2005, 2007, 2010). The 1931 football team was undefeated, untied, and unscored upon and finished the season as state champions. The Fighting Saints were also the first collegiate coaching home for John Gagliardi, known as the winningest coach in all of college football (regardless of division). Gagliardi coached at Carroll for four years before moving to St. John's University in Minnesota, where he coached them for 60 seasons.