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.