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Carroll ranks "Best in the West," staff and students explain why

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Carroll College was just ranked "Best in the West" by U.S. News and World Reports. The college in Helena has earned that title for the past eight years.
 

Our Bliss Zechman spoke with students and staff to find out what makes Carroll so great.
 

Is it the academics or the athletics?  The atmosphere or the architecture? The Carroll community has their own take on what makes their college so great.

"They email you by name. They contact you personally if they think maybe you're struggling in a class or if you say something or a comment in class that's helpful to discussion, they might even email you and let you know that they really appreciated your participation," said Kennedy Bahm, Carroll
s Student Body President.
 
U.S. News and World Reports has continually ranked Carroll number one for different reasons. They say it
s the best regional college in the West, best for veterans, best for undergraduate teaching and is a top value school.

"The intention there is for them to get this breath of knowledge that they can integrate into a better and deeper understanding of the world of truth," said Jennifer Glowienka, a Carroll Professor of Biology.

Professors argue aspects, like the 12:1 student to faculty ratio average, help develop more than just critical thinking.

"It
s not just development of the student academically. I think we're also tending to the whole person and try to care for and develop the whole person," said Glowienka.

Prospective students say that outreach is extended to them. Earlier this year, Carroll launched its Early Access Program, which allows upperclassmen in area high schools to test-drive Carroll
s programs.

"You feel welcomed and not just a high schooler that's at a college. I feel like I am truly a student and a freshman here at Carroll," said Grace Lawlor, an Early Access Student.  

With 41 majors, 42 minors and one recently added masters program, Carroll says they offer a  variety courses, which attracts a broad range of students.

"Because of the education and experiences that I
ve been provided with so far at Carroll, Ive just been really set up for success to do well in the world," said Bahm.  

Students and staff say they plan to keep at the top by living Carroll
s motto: "Not for school, but for life.

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