Why Carroll

  • Whoever you are and wherever you want to go, you'll go farther at Carroll.

  • Spend Less Earning Your Degree

    Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you are just starting your college education, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. The money you save from two years at Carroll could pay for your junior year tuition at the university!

    Additionally, dually enrolled students (those taking college classes while attending high school or home schooling) not only get a head start on college, but receive a 25% tuition discount on up to four classes.

    Transferable Credits Open More Doors

    With a degree from Carroll, you boost your chances of being accepted into the four-year program of your choice. Many of our partner schools offer special scholarships to transfer students.

    To date, more than 4,000 students have transferred to at least 648 different four-year colleges, including Towson University, Stevenson University, University of Maryland—Baltimore County, University of Baltimore, Frostburg State University and many more.

    We Guide You to Where You’re Going

    Whether you are straight out of high school or a working adult returning to college to earn your degree, Carroll offers the advising and academic support you need to achieve your goals.

    Every credit student gets access to a team of advisors: 

    • Your Academic Advisor will oversee your personalized learning path, mapping out your coursework from the time you arrive here until you complete your degree.
    • Your Career Counselor will help you decide what your professional goals are, implement a career plan and overcome any obstacles that may be in your way.
    • Your InFocus Success Coach will show you how to manage competing priorities—academics, work, family, personal relationships and health—cope with pressure, find your purpose and stay motivated.   

    Our Academic Center also offers resources to develop your full learning potential, including free tutoring for all courses with professional and peer tutors, student mentors and study groups.

    Our Faculty Takes You Farther

    91% of Carroll’s professors hold a Master’s degree or higher, bringing their breadth of knowledge and expertise to their students. In total, our faculty has 668 years of combined teaching experience to date.

    Carroll also features smaller class sizes. The average class size at Carroll is 20 students. Small class sizes mean students get more individualized attention from their professors, better helping them to succeed when they need it most.

    Get Hired After You Graduate

    Employers love Carroll grads. Thousands of our former students are employed in Carroll County today. The quality of instruction and comprehensive curriculum here ensure that you will have the skills you need to launch a successful career.

    Classes at Times Convenient for You

    Carroll offers alternative class time options to fit your schedule, including evening, online and Saturday classes.

    Develop Your Professional Skills

    If you are a working professional, Carroll's flexible non-credit programs for vocational development and training prepare you for career advancement or a career change, or to get a professional license or gain industry certification in as little as two months.

    Miller: Resources for Entrepreneurs provides small business owners with the planning, training and community resources to help them start, grow and be more profitable. Carroll County companies can gain an advantage with Advantage C, the single source for results-oriented workforce development and business consultation.

    Enrich Yourself (and Your kids)

    People of all ages come to Carroll to fulfill their passions for learning and growth. Noncredit courses for personal enrichment allow you to discover something new, build your knowledge of a topic or just have a good time.

    Children and young adults can enjoy our Kids@Carroll and Teen College programs which bring thousands of youths to Carroll’s campus every summer to learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun.

    Carroll also offers GED courses and support to help obtain a high school diploma, and provides English classes for non-English speakers. Both help further educational and employment opportunities.

  • Become a Credit Student

    Carroll offers a variety of programs designed for academic and career-oriented preparation. We have transfer agreements with numerous 4-year colleges and universities, making Carroll the smart choice for students seeking a seamless transition.

  • Non-Credit Options

    Our Continuing Education division offers more than 1,000 on-campus, online and hybrid classes to help you enhance your career, empower your employees or enrich your personal interests.