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Carroll College Admission Requirements

Helena, Montana

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Your chances of getting into Carroll College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Carroll College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Carroll College is 83.9%.  Its admission rate is the 5th lowest in Montana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Carroll College and can you get accepted?

Carroll College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,258 out of the 1,499 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 42 percent on standardized admission tests. Carroll College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.64. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Carroll College?

84% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Carroll College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.64 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1190 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Carroll College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Carroll College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Carroll College are to have around a 3.64 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.64 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Carroll College accepts 84% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Carroll College is 3.64 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #1 in Montana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Carroll College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Carroll College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Carroll College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 21% of students submitted SAT scores and 41% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Carroll College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 560
Math 25th Percentile 540
Composite 25th Percentile 1100
SAT Scores for Carroll College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 640
Composite 75th Percentile 1280
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Carroll College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Carroll College is 1190 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1100-1280. Students who get into Carroll College score in the top 41 percent of all SAT test takers..  Carroll College ranks #2 in the state of Montana for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1190 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Carroll College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1100, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1010, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Carroll College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1190 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1190, you have around a 84% chance of being admitted. A 1280 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 91% chance of getting in.

Carroll College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1280 and Above Good >91%
1190 to 1280 Avg + 84%-91%
1100 to 1190 Avg - 73%-84%
1010 to 1100 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 1010 Low <59%
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Carroll College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Carroll College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for Carroll College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 28
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Carroll College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Carroll College is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 28.  The school ranks #1 in Montana for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Carroll College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Carroll College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Carroll College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 84% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 92% with a 28 ACT score.

Carroll College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >92%
24 to 28 Avg + 84%-92%
21 to 24 Avg - 75%-84%
18 to 21 Reach 64%-75%
Less than 18 Low <64%
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High School Class Rank

57% of Carroll College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 31% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Carroll College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 31%
Top 25% of class 57%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Carroll College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 883 616 1,499
Accepted 757 501 1,258
Acceptance Rate 86% 81% 84%
Enrolled 165 115 280
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 23% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 28, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 160 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Feb 28, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Carroll College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carroll College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Carroll College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Carroll College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Carroll College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.64 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1190 and ACT of 24 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Carroll College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=180106 IPEDS survey data for Carroll College.


Does Carroll College prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Carroll College. 41% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Carroll College?

84% of those who apply are granted admission to Carroll College. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Carroll College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1280. The average SAT score is 1190. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Carroll College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.