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Cardinal Stritch University

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Cardinal Stritch University (CSU) is a private Roman Catholic university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi as a training center for nuns. Today, Stritch is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America, with nearly 7,000 students of which about 3,000 are undergraduates and 4,000 are graduate students.

There are branch campuses in Kenosha, Madison, and the towns of Eden Prairie and Rochester in Minnesota. The university administrates multiple outreach programs throughout the state of Wisconsin as well. In 2009, the school opened the City Center redevelopment project in central Milwaukee, establishing an inner-city presence.

The university’s motto, Ut probetis potiora (“To value the better things”), comes from the Bible, Philippians 1:10, and appropriately reflects the religious nature of the institution.


Associate degrees are awarded in the arts and sciences; bachelor’s degrees in arts, fine arts, music, and science; master’s degrees in arts, business administration, education, and music; and doctorates in education and philosophy. Academics are organized into four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education and Leadership, and the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing. Academics are personal and intimate, with a faculty student ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 14. Online learning is also an option here, with many degrees offered in Business, Education, and Health.

Studying Abroad

Students have many opportunities to study abroad. Those majoring or minoring in foreign language are required to undergo immersion experiences abroad. They may choose from semester programs, full-year programs, service immersion programs, academically intensive short-term programs, and teach abroad programs. The University maintains exchange partnerships with several universities around the world, including University of Cumbria in Lancaster, England; University of Chester in Chester, England; Østfold University College in Halden, Norway; Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, and Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The school has the distinction of having been named Wisconsin’s first “All-Steinway School” by Steinway & Sons since the music department features all Steinway & Sons pianos.


Admissions are moderately competitive. Prospective students are expected to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above from an accredited high school, or a GED score of 250 or higher, as well as a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or 940 or higher on the SAT. Students who have been out of high school for more than one year do not need to submit standardized test scores, but must instead complete the ASSET Placement Test before being admitted. The university administrates the ASSET free of charge.

Prospective students for the Associate of Science in Nursing (A.D.N.) degree program in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing have additional admissions requirements. Incoming nursing students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from an accredited high school, have a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or 940 or higher on the SAT. They must also rank in the top 50% of their high school graduating class, have achieved certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA) prior to application, and have taken the NLN Pre-Admission Exam for Registered Nurses (NLN PAX RN) and have achieved benchmark scores.

Financial Aid

Over 80% of undergraduate students receive financial aid here. On average, half of student tuition is paid by grants and scholarships. In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, the school offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships, including:

  • Honors Scholarship
  • Franciscan Heritage Scholarship
  • Serra and St. Bonaventure Scholarships
  • School of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Lilly Religious Scholars Vocation Program Scholarship
  • Timothy M. Dolan Scholarship
  • Legacy Scholarship
  • International Student Scholarship
  • Music Performance Scholarship
  • Flahive Athletic Scholarship

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3957th for the average student loan amount.
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Residing on Campus

Stritch has two residence halls on campus, Clare Hall and Assisi Hall. Assisi Hall is a primarily first- and second-year residence, offering a variety of living arrangements, including 2, 3, and 4-bed open concept rooms and suites. No two rooms are exactly alike. All students share common bathrooms. Assisi Hall offers cable television, in-room high-speed Internet, full kitchens, 24-hour desk service, a fitness room, a game and television lounge, conference rooms, and computer lounges. Clare Hall offers single and double rooms with common bathrooms. The residence features cable television, in-room high speed Internet, kitchens, a quiet women’s floor, a late-night pizza bar, bike storage, kitchens, student lounges, a computer lounge, a fitness room, and a games longue. The university also owns two off-campus apartment facilities, mostly inhabited by upperclassmen and graduate students.

Campus Ministry

Campus ministry is a key element in student life here. According to the university literature, “Campus Ministry strives to affirm justice, protect equality and is committed to the open acceptance and sharing of cultural and religious diversity.” Students of all faiths are warmly welcome to participate.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Wolves compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include cross country, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and baseball. Women’s sports include cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.

There are also intramural leagues and a spirit squad for students to join and to help cheer on the Wolves!

Local Community

Milwaukee is a large city with a wealth of cultural, culinary, and recreational opportunities for students. The area is home to over a dozen other colleges and universities. Area businesses that employ significant numbers of Stritch graduates include Johnson Controls, Briggs & Stratton, Kohl’s, Rockwell Automation, Wisconsin Energy, GE Health Care, Evinrude Outboard Motors, Northwestern Mutual, and Manpower, Inc.

Information Summary

Ranks 40th in Wisconsin and 1582nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,727 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 85 0.01
Forcible Rape 194 0.03
Robbery 2,963 0.50
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,669 1.12
Larceny 18,890 3.16
Vehicle theft 4,538 0.76

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population29,479 (29,479 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,762 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$74,572
Families8,289 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District5504

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 671st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $24,800 $24,800 $24,800
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $650 $650 $650
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $775 $775 $775
FT Graduate Tuition $10,812 $10,812 $10,812
FT Graduate Required Fees $380 $380 $380
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $700 $700 $700
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,369 $39,369 $39,369
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $38,192 $38,192 $38,192
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $32,412 $32,412 $32,412

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,330 $24,330 $23,330 $24,330 $23,330 $24,330
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $700(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,850 $7,030
On-Campus – Other Expenses $6,612 $6,795
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,730(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,590(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,590(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 577 (201 male / 376 female)
Admitted 486 (176 male / 310 female)
Admission rate 84%
First-time Enrollment 202 (88 male / 114 female)
FT Enrollment 202 (88 male / 114 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,407

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Baseball Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

878th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

721st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity387
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,360
Board Fee$4,940

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 21 225 68 23 5 868 53 1,279
Accounting 1 4 5
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 1 3
Business Administration and Management, General 8 131 31 9 4 350 16 556
Business/Commerce, General 1 47 11 6 66 6 138
Chemistry, General 2 2
Clinical Psychology 14 1 15
Commercial and Advertising Art
Communication, General 1 4 1 6 12
Computer Science 1 1 3 5
Computer Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 3 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 5 1 9
Education, General 1 2 46 4 53
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 7 3 1 50 3 65
Educational/Instructional Technology 29 2 32
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 32 2 36
English Language and Literature, General 6 6
Environmental Chemistry
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Game and Interactive Media Design 1 1
General Studies 2 2
Graphic Design 5 5
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General 8 1 9
History, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 1 1 1 1 6
Keyboard Instruments
Lay Ministry 3 3
Management Information Systems, General 1 11 12
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General 1 1
Music Performance, General 3 3
Music Teacher Education
Nursing Education 1 2 3
Photography 1 4 5
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 1 3
Psychology, General 1 4 5 11
Reading Teacher Education 25 3 28
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 1 7 2 29 1 40
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 2 1 66 4 81
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 1 10 14
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2
Social Sciences, General
Sociology 1 1 3 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 11 13
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 2 1 22 2 29
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 5 3 9
Urban Education and Leadership 1 4 1 23 2 33
Visual and Performing Arts, General 8 3 11
Women's Studies
Writing, General 1 2 2 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2026th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,449 ($63,662 male / $53,029 female)
Number of FT Faculty 98 (34 male / 64 female)
Number of PT Faculty 461
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,067,930

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