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Carroll College (Montana)

Carroll College
Motto Non Scholae Sed Vitae
Motto in English
Not For School, But For Life.
Established 1909 (1909)
Type Private
Affiliation Catholic Church
Endowment US$27 million[1]
President Tom Evans, Ph.D
Undergraduates 1,502 (Fall 2011)[2]
Location Helena, Montana, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Purple and Gold
Athletics NAIA
Nickname Fighting Saints
Mascot Halo
Affiliations Frontier Conference

Carroll College is a private, Catholic liberal arts college in Helena, Montana, United States. Carroll College has earned national and regional awards for its academic programs.[2] 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."


  • History 1
  • Recognition and awards 2
  • Student life 3
  • Academics 4
  • Campus 5
  • Presidents 6
  • Athletics 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Carroll was founded in 1909 by John Patrick Carroll, second Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana. It was originally called Mount St. Charles College to honor St. Charles Borromeo. It was founded as an all-men's liberal arts college with an emphasis on preparing men for careers in the priesthood, law, medicine, teaching and engineering. Carroll is now coeducational. In 1932 the college was renamed in honor of its founder. During World War II, Carroll College was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[3] Carroll College's Neuman Observatory is the oldest astronomical observatory in the state of Montana. The 1989 Helena train wreck caused significant damage to Carroll, notably to Guadelupe Hall, the women's dormitory at the time.[4]

Recognition and awards

Student life

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.[6] 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 2014-15 academic year are $28,607. Total estimated attendance (with room and board) is approximately $40,220.


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.[7] The national average medical school acceptance rate is approximately 44%.[8] Unique to the college is a Human-Animal Bond Program, now anthrozoology . It offered the first such undergraduate degree in the US.[9] Carroll also offers an Intensive Language Institute for international students and specialty programs in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).


Carroll College has four residence halls on campus. The football stadium is known as Nelson Stadium, and the Student Center is informally known as "The Cube."


  • Stephen J. Sullivan: 1910-1912
  • John L. McMullen: 1912-1917
  • Peter F. MacDonald: 1917-1919
  • John J. Tracy: 1919-1920
  • Norbert C. Hoff: 1920-1932
  • Emmet J. Riley: 1932-1951
  • R. Vincent Kavanagh: 1951-1957
  • Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen: 1957-1962
  • Anthony M. Brown: 1962-1969
  • Joseph D. Harrington: 1969-1974
  • Dr. Francis J. Kerins: 1974-1989
  • Dr. Matthew J. Quinn: 1989-2000
  • Stephen C. Rowan: 2000-2001
  • Dr. Thomas Trebon: 2001–2011
  • Dr. Thomas Evans: 2012–Present


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. Recently, in preparation for the college's anticipated transition to NCAA Division II, they have added men's soccer and women's softball teams to the list of varsity sports.[10][11]

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.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ [5]
  2. ^ a b c Carroll College - Facts, information and more about Carroll College
  3. ^ "St Charles Hall, Carroll College, Helena, Montana".  
  4. ^ "20 years ago today, Helena shook, rattled and froze"
  5. ^ [6]
  6. ^ "Carroll College Student Body". Princeton Review. 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  7. ^ [7]
  8. ^ AAMC. "FACTS: Applicants and Matriculants Data". 
  9. ^ [8]
  10. ^ 
  11. ^ 
  12. ^ "GRAMS, Rod, (1948 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ "MONAGHAN, Joseph Patrick, (1906 - 1985)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ "O’CONNELL, Jerry Joseph, (1909 - 1956)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Montana Governor Marc Racicot". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • NAIA official website

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