Carroll College sees slight dip in enrollment

Carroll College’s fall enrollment came in at 1,117 students this year, which is about 63 below last year, a decrease college officials are attributing in part to a large graduating class of 313 last spring.

The change equals about a 5.3% decrease.

Carroll anticipated a slight drop in overall enrollment this fall, especially after the graduation of a sizable class of 2023, said Kathleen O’Leary, vice president of student engagement.

The campus of Carroll College in November 2022.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

“We did see a nice increase in transfer students to Carroll which was up 10% over last fall,” O’Leary said in an email. “Some very good news is that our freshman to sophomore retention rate increased to 81%, which is 3% higher than last year.”

She said the private Catholic college’s four-year graduation rate grew to 58% for the class that graduated in spring 2023, which is the highest Carroll has seen in over 40 years.

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