Carroll University

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100 N. East Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

Phone: (800) 227-7655
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#38 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Carroll University is a private institution that was founded in 1846. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,233, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 116 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carroll University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 38. Its tuition and fees are $27,724 (2013-14).

Carroll University is a private school located in the southeast corner of Wisconsin in the city of Waukesha, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. Undergraduates at Carroll University can choose from more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs, with exercise, nursing, and business being the most popular majors. Graduate students can pursue master’s degrees in physical therapy, education, software engineering, business administration, and physician assistant studies.

Carroll students can get involved in more than 50 campus clubs and pledge with about six Greek-letter organizations. Students who want to help the community can explore the Volunteer Center, and those interested in backpacking, kayaking, and camping can check out the Carroll Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program. Student athletes can get involved at the intramural level or play for the Carroll University Pioneers varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference. Notable Carroll University alumni include the late Donald Goerke, who graduated with a mathematics degree and went on to invent the SpaghettiOs pasta brand.

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

In 1841, settlers living in the Wisconsin Territory community of Prairieville established the academy that five years later would become Carroll College. Soon after its founding, Carroll affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and adopted the motto, "Christo et Litteris," which means "for Christ and Learning." The college's early patrons believed that higher education would serve as an instrument for civilizing the wilderness, spreading the Gospel and planting the roots of democracy deep in the prairie soil. They also sought to provide for the prosperity of their children and future generations. As
Wisconsin's oldest institution of higher learning, Carroll is known today as the "Pioneer College." Throughout its history, the Carroll educational experience has been marked by teaching excellence and individualized attention. Today, 162 years after the college's founding, these values continue to anchor a superior education geared to ensure students' success in the 21st century. The college's educational philosophy is sustained by the four pillars of integrated knowledge, lifelong skills, gateway experiences and enduring values. Integrated Knowledge is the very foundation of a quality liberal arts program. The Carroll curriculum emphasizes breadth and depth of learning. Our purpose is to encourage students to recognize the interrelationships among ideas. We believe that students with this understanding will continue to learn, grow and succeed long after they leave the campus. Lifelong Skills help students prepare for life and work in a world of rapid and constant change. We believe that graduates will continue to evolve and contribute to their communities long after they earn their degrees. To that end, our mission is to help students learn to think critically and creatively, adapt to changing technologies, work efficiently and effectively, collaborate with others, and communicate clear, compelling ideas. Enduring Values help students to consider always the impact of their actions on the world around them. We believe that effective leaders draw their inspiration from strong personal value systems. Our goal, therefore, is to offer students multiple opportunities to make decisions and then to reflect upon their consequences. Gateway Experiences occur both upon entering and upon leaving Carroll College. We believe that our educational responsibility extends beyond the classroom into every aspect of our students' lives. That is why we place a special emphasis on preparing incoming students for college life and on helping graduates make successful transitions into their first jobs, or graduate and professional schools. The four pillars undergird all that we do at Carroll College. They are integral to our undergraduate curriculum and guide our post-baccalaureate and graduate programs. They provide the broad inspiration for the Carroll experience and the many relationships we nurture with other organizations and institutions. An education at Carroll College offers a student alternatives from which to choose a worthwhile personal, professional and civic life. It promotes intellectual growth that culminates in the capacity for serious and creative thinking. Based on a core of studies in the liberal arts and sciences, complemented by career preparation and co-curricular programs, a Carroll education encourages growth in international and cultural awareness, social responsibility, moral sensitivity and spiritual reflection. A Carroll education begins with the acquisition of fundamental skills and bodies of knowledge. These skills include critical inquiry, effective communication, aesthetic understanding, quantitative reasoning and the capacities to gather and assimilate information and to identify and solve problems. The most essential consequence of a Carroll education is that students develop their capacity and desire to continue learning.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1846
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $41,570,137


When applying to Carroll University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 4. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 78.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 4

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Carroll University is 15:1, and the school has 53.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Carroll University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Psychology, General; and Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Elementary Education and Teaching 13%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 13%
Psychology, General 10%
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 10%

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Student Life

Carroll University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,233, with a gender distribution of 35 percent male students and 65 percent female students. At this school, 56 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44 percent of students live off campus. Carroll University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,571
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Carroll University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Carroll 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Carroll University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Carroll University, 81.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,594.

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Tuition and fees $27,724 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,299 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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