2017 Carroll College Graduation

A member of Carroll College's 107th graduating class receives a degree in this file photo from May. 

Thom Bridge, Independent Record

Carroll College is the top-rated regional college in the West for the seventh straight year, according to rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

Carroll received a perfect score to rank ahead of more than 1,700 schools. Carroll was also ranked second for the best value in the region for the second year and best regional college for veterans for the third year in a row.

“We are honored to be recognized once again for the top-tier educational experience we provide to our students at Carroll College,” Fr. Stephen Rowan, interim president, said. “To have been selected seven years in a row demonstrates the college’s enduring commitment to academic excellence and our ability to attract bright and engaging students, as well as talented faculty and staff. We look forward to advancing the mission and increasing the impact of Carroll College in the years ahead.”

The rankings compare similar schools that offer bachelor's degrees. Colleges providing advanced degrees, such as the University of Montana, aren’t in the same category.

The rating is based on 15 indicators of academic excellence including graduation and retention rates, faculty investment, financial resources and alumni donations. At Carroll, the faculty ratio is 12 to 1. The average retention rate for freshman, an indicator of student satisfaction, is at 80 percent. As the best value college, Carroll’s tuition and fees were set at $34,480 while room and $9,608 for room and board. About 65 percent of full-time students receive need-based financial aid. The average scholarship or grant is $20,006.


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