Cardinal Stritch University

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6801 N. Yates Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217

Phone: (414) 410-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Cardinal Stritch University is a private institution that was founded in 1937. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,799, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 40 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Cardinal Stritch University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $25,450 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Cardinal Stritch University is an independent Franciscan Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The University, rooted in the liberal arts, provides graduate and undergraduate programs to prepare students for life and for professional careers.

The University assists women and men in pursuing lifelong learning. It provides both traditional and nontraditional approaches to meet the educational needs of a diverse student body. The University strives to be a caring community. Its faculty and staff regard superior instruction and personal attention to each student as keys to quality education. In addition, faculty members model and promote meaningful integration of theory and practice.

Faculty, staff, administration and trustees cooperate actively to anticipate and address the emerging needs of students, the Stritch community and society. The vitality of educational life is enhanced by the commitment of the University to programs of direct service to people who might not otherwise be served.

In keeping with Franciscan values and guided by the Judeo-Christian tradition, the University fosters the moral, spiritual, intellectual, cultural, emotional, social and physical development of each person. Finally, the University promotes the development of men and women who are committed to religious principles, who possess moral and aesthetic values, and who take their places as responsible persons, serving the local and global communities.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 30 fields of study in 13 different departments and both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Although the major academic programs vary from one another in content and direction, they are all grounded in the same core values and disciplines of the liberal arts. Our diverse student body and small student-to-faculty ratio make learning a rich and satisfying experience. Classes are taught by well-qualified professors rather than teaching assistants. Individualized academic advising, at the department and general level, helps provide a framework on which to build a personal education plan.

The College of Business provides high-quality, practical education that leads to undergraduate and master's degrees. All programs are accelerated, with classes meeting one night a week in convenient locations for working adults. Students in the College receive extensive support through simplified registration, delivery of all study materials to class sites, access to advanced library technology and personalized educational counseling.

The College of Education has more than 60 years of experience in the field of education and a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge programs. Our undergraduate programs are a joint venture with public and private schools, which provide laboratory settings and reflect our commitment to urban education. Our students learn to become educators who value their students' diverse abilities and backgrounds and understand how to work collaboratively. The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service is designed for professionals from an array of businesses or organizations who want to develop or enhance their leadership skills. The program emphasizes a balance of theory, research, reflection and practice and is designed for completion within three years.

The College of Nursing offers a highly personal approach to teaching. Nursing is a high-touch career. At Stritch, we believe your education should be high touch as well. Here, you'll find small classrooms, flexible scheduling, and lots of one-on-one instruction. You'll also find a comfortable, supportive environment and nursing programs that are as holistic as the science of nursing itself. Stritch is the only school in Wisconsin offering the full range of nursing programs, from ADN through MSN degrees.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1937
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $13,939,436


When applying to Cardinal Stritch University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 26. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 42.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 42.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 26

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Cardinal Stritch University is 17:1, and the school has 92.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Cardinal Stritch University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other; Elementary Education and Teaching; Management Information Systems, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 61%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 4%
Management Information Systems, General 3%
Psychology, General 2%

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Student Life

Cardinal Stritch University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,799, with a gender distribution of 35 percent male students and 65 percent female students. Cardinal Stritch University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,641
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Cardinal Stritch University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Cardinal Stritch University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Cardinal Stritch University, 51 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Cardinal Stritch University.

Students who have cars on campus 51%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Cardinal Stritch University, 75.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,755.

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Tuition and fees $25,450 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,690 (2013-14)
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