Carroll University


Carroll University is a small, private liberal arts college in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The university is affiliated with the Presbyterian church and has the distinction of being named after Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was originally established in what was then the wilderness, to help bring education and a sense of community to the area’s settlers.

First founded in 1846 – two years before Wisconsin was a state, the university has an ongoing debate with Beloit College concerning which of them is the oldest institute of higher learning in Wisconsin—Carroll was founded just days earlier, but temporarily halted classes during the Civil War, whereas Beloit has never paused operations.

Today, the university has grown to provide a wide variety of programs offering bachelor’s, master’s, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy.


Information Summary

Ranks 24th in Wisconsin and 937th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 81.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $45,360
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1230
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 22 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 81% / 57%
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,352


More than 60 areas of study are available in their undergraduate programs. Major undergraduate academic divisions include Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The most popular undergraduate academic programs include Exercise Science, Nursing, Business, Education, Psychology, Biology, Criminal Justice, Communication, Health Sciences, and Chemistry. Each department offers its own Senior Capstone to serve as a bridge to graduate study and/or a career. All undergraduate students are required to participate in the First Year Program, the Liberal Studies Program, the Senior Capstone Experience, and the Convocation Program.

Highlight on Health Sciences

A particularly strong department of health sciences resides on this campus. Student athletes have a team physician and specialized orthopedic surgeons on staff. Physical therapy students often work with athletes, as well as exercise phsyiologists, biomechanists, and student athlete trainers.

The First Year Program

The First Year Program transitions students from high school to university through the First Year Seminar and a Writing Seminar. The FYS serves to strengthen written and oral expression, the ability to work with others to solve problems, efficient and full use of library resources, and basic information literacy. The writing seminar focuses on student’s ability to translate critical thinking into effective written communication.

Liberal Studies Program

The Liberal Studies Program strives to cultivate attitudes, common knowledge, and intellectual concepts that university-education people should possess. Students are required to complete at least one approved course in each of these seven areas: Understanding the Scientific Way of Knowing, Understanding the Natural World, Understanding Human Behavior, Encountering the Cultures of the World—Past and Present, Understanding the Aesthetic Mode of Knowing, Critical Encounters with Great Ideas of Western Culture, and Perspectives We Live By: Decisions We Make.

Unique Majors

Students may choose to individually design a major. All individually designed majors must be submitted to the Academic Steering Committee for approval no later than a year before the expected graduation.

Honors Programs

The Honors Program provides cultural and social activities on and off campus for all participants. Participants are expected to complete a six-course curriculum including an Honors First Year Seminar, an Honors Writing Seminar, three honors courses that count toward general education requirements, and a one-credit senior honors course.

The school invites students in the top 7.5% of the junior class and the top 10% of the senior class and graduate programs to join Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Delta Sigma Nu is the university’s honorary scholastic society. Students in the upper 10 percent of the senior class who have completed by graduation 64 letter-graded credits and a total of 100 letter-graded credits are elected to membership.

Study Abroad

There are a broad range of off-campus study options on all continents except Antarctica.

Graduate Programs

Graduate degrees include Masters in Education, Masters in Software Engineering, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Masters in Business Administration, and Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Some of the most popular programs include Accounting, Business Administration and Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Computer Science, Education, Information Technology, and Organizational Leadership.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions here are competitive but the school will look at not only grades and test scores, but the activities and work experiences of the applying student. In general, students need to fill out the online form, send in official high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, the Report Form (recommendations), and a personal statement.

Financial Aid

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. Upon acceptance, the student will automatically be considered for an academic merit scholarship. Contact the school and any departments you plan on taking classes in to find out about more available scholarships.

For students who need a federal loan, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it in. Once it has been submitted, the Department of Education will process the form and contact the school with the amount of aid you will receive.

98% of students here receive some form of financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Clubs and Organizations

There are 50 student clubs and organizations on campus to meet a wide variety of personal and professional interests.

Student Media

The official student-run newspaper is The New Perspective, while a comedic satire of the paper, The Correct Perspective, is also popular. The student-run radio station is WCCX-FM.

Residing on Campus

On-campus housing consists of six apartment buildings, six traditional residence halls, and two houses.

Dining on Campus

Dining options on campus include the Pulse on Dining Main Dining Room, a traditional cafeteria-style dining hall; Pioneer Indoor Terrace, a retail food court which includes Coyote Jack’s Grill, Naked Pear Café, and 2.Mato; and coffee shops Second Cup, Verde!, and Pioneer Perk.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The university competes on the intervarsity level in NCAA Division III and the Midwest Conference. Football has been an important part of college life since the nineteenth century. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.


Well-known Carroll University alumni include:

  • NFL players Walt Ambrose,Bill Hempel, Kirk Hershey, Carl George, Ivan Quinn, and Moxie Dalton
  • Author John Ball
  • US Senator Cushman Kellogg Davis
  • President and CEO of Safeway, Inc, Steven Burd
  • US Representative Henry C. Schadeberg
  • Actor Fred MacMurray

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