Purpose and Mission

What does it mean to be a Pioneer? It means being part of a rich history and tradition that continue to shape our campus community. It’s engaging in the spirit of exploration and discovery that began with our founders. Pioneers are eager to know more about the world they live in and how they will make their mark by contributing a fresh perspective. At Carroll, we live by a set of values that leads us to strive for excellence, stretch past boundaries, and treat those we meet with respect, kindness and dignity.

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Carroll University Mission Statement

Carroll University provides a superior education, rooted in its Presbyterian and liberal arts heritage, and draws upon its Christian tradition to prepare all students for vocational success, lifelong learning and service in a diverse and global society.

— Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May  12, 2012

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Carroll University Compact

Ours is a community dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, personal fulfillment and spiritual meaning.

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Carroll University Ethos

​We are all partners in creating a community that embraces respect, integrity and stewardship.

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Statement of Christian Purpose

​Our Christian purpose is summarized in our motto "Christo et Litteris"—for Christ and Learning.



Carroll University's educational philosophy is sustained by the four pillars of integrated knowledge, gateway experiences, lifelong skills and enduring values. These pillars undergird all that we do at Carroll. They support the Carroll experience and our vision for Carroll students to achieve a lifetime of potential.

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