What To Expect

Making the transition into college is a lot easier if you know what to expect. At Carroll ...

  • Your class size will vary. Most classes are small - 10 to 35 students. Take advantage of the learning opportunities in these small classes and get to know your classmates and professors. For detailed information, view our college statistics. Studying Great Hall
  • You are responsible for your learning. This means it is up to you to attend classes and complete assignments.
  • There will usually be more emphasis on tests than homework assignments. You may not have as many opportunities to improve your grades. Some classes base your grades on tests alone.
  • You will have a significant amount of learning to do outside of class. Your professor may not cover all the material in lectures and you will be responsible to do most of your reading on your own. For every hour you spend in class, expect to spend two to three  hours outside of class studying, reading, writing papers, or doing other class-related work. For example, for a three credit class, plan to spend at least six to nine hours on that class beyond the three hours you will be in class.
  • Help is available if you seek it out! If you find yourself having difficulty in a class, schedule an appointment with your professor or talk with someone in the Academic Center. The biggest difference between high school and college is you will need to approach your instructor to say "I thought I understood, but I need help." There are people ready to help you succeed, but you need to take the initiative.
  • There are consequences for poor grades. Students not meeting the academic standards prescribed by the college will be placed on academic probation. Academic probation can lead to various kinds of restrictions and eventually even to being suspended from the college.

The First Day of ClassVirtual Orientation for New Students

Bookmark, Share, or Email this page Get Help