College presents new opportunities for students to make decisions and
become independent adults. Changes of this magnitude evoke mixed
emotions in both students and parents. The excitement of a new beginning
is often accompanied by worry about being successful.
Anxiety is common among students transitioning to college – this is
temporary. Your student may become irritable or tense, feel overwhelmed
or show other behavioral changes.
You may be wondering how your relationship will change. As a parent,
you have been heavily invested in your son/daughter's academic, personal
and social development. You were encouraged to take an active role in
his/her education by attending meetings and checking grades on the web.
You may feel obliged to continue this level of involvement during the
college years. However, it is not helpful for your student when you
continue to make decisions or manage responsibilities for him/her.
We encourage you to allow your son/daughter to use this time to
develop skills for transitioning into adulthood. Students who are
trusted by parents have more self-confidence.
Your student will still need you, especially for support with
difficult decisions and during life's ups and downs, but it's important
that you trust him/her to make the right choices.
If you have specific concerns about your student, you may call the Senior Director of Enrollment Development at 410-386-8405.
Carroll has experienced very little crime each year since its inception. The college’s annual security report is available for specific details.
Security Officers are on duty whenever the college is open and will escort students to their cars upon request.
Inclement weather closings and delays are available on local radio and TV stations and through the college’s e2campus
emergency notification service. Registered users may receive inclement
weather closings and delays and security alerts on their cell phones,
PDA and e-mail as well as Google, Yahoo, AOL, Twitter and Facebook
Free student parking is available without parking passes.
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Standard, internet-accessible personal computers are sufficient for
Carroll’s classes. A high-speed connection is strongly encouraged, and
mandatory for success in online classes.
Carroll provides computer labs with more than 450 computers, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus.
Students with 12 billable hours are considered full time, but a
standard class load is 15 credit hours. Academic Advisers help students
select appropriate classes.
College classes are typically similar in rigor to high school AP
classes. Emphasis is usually placed more on tests and research papers
than homework. For example, students in a History class may be graded on
three tests and two written assignments.
Time management is important, as students need to account for
studying, going to class, working, commuting, being with friends, and
sleep! For every hour spent in class, students can expect to spend an
average of two to three hours outside of class studying, reading,
writing papers or working on other class-related work. College is a full
time job. Note, too, that sometimes students think working on weekends
doesn’t count! If time runs short, it is often the study time that gets
Studies show that being employed for more than 20 hours a week
significantly impacts grades. The following example accounts for hours
spent on work and school within a week.
Time in class 15 hours
Study time 35 hours
Paid work 10 hours
Total hours 60 hours
Your student may utilize the following services and resources to solve college challenges and enhance his/her experience.
The Disability Support Services office assists with meeting the needs of
students with disabilities. If your student is in need of a service,
schedule a pre-admission counseling appointment with a disability staff
member as early as possible. Learn more.
Students struggling to make appropriate career goals may enroll in Career Development as a Life Process,
utilize the Career Development Center’s resources to explore careers
and colleges, or make an appointment with the career counselor. Above
all, life experiences inform us about how we want to spend our lives.
Students may be encouraged to attend lectures, art shows, and to take
advantage of enrichment activities.
Once your student identifies a career, he/she can take advantage of
the center’s resources and workshops to prepare for employment. Learn more.