Cardinal Stritch University

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An Inside Look

Cardinal Stritch University is an excellent choice for studying the arts, business, education, leadership, management, nursing, and the sciences. 

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• Stritch presently educates more than 3,800 students of all faiths and ages.
• The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi founded Stritch in 1937.
• Stritch is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America.
• 43% of students are first-in-their-family college students.
• 36.9% of undergraduate students and 25.6% of graduate students are students of color.
• Most Stritch students receive financial aid.
• The top industries of employment for alumni are education, health care, and business.
• 71% of alumni live in Wisconsin, and more than 16,000 live within a one-hour drive of the main campus.
More than 176 alumni serve as presidents or CEOs.
• 16,334 students graduated within the last 10 years, making up half of Stritch’s alumni base.
• More than 30 school district superintendents in Wisconsin received a degree from Stritch. 

About the University
Cardinal Stritch University is an excellent choice for studying the arts, business, education, leadership, management, nursing, and the sciences. Undergraduate and graduate students are afforded a private-school environment on the edge of a thriving city that allows them to learn, explore, and gain relevant experience in the same place where they can build their careers. 

Stritch has a mission-focused approach to education that helps students of all ages find success in the classroom and in their careers. “We believe every person is born with a special purpose in life, with talents that were meant to be shared to help others,” says President Dr. James Loftus. “Essentially, our mission is to help our students find theirs.”

Our history
With a rich history dating back to its founding in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi as St. Clare College, the school was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in 1946 in honor of the former Archbishop of Milwaukee, Samuel Cardinal Stritch. In 1962, the current campus opened in Glendale and Fox Point, just north of Milwaukee. Today Cardinal Stritch University is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America, serving students of all faiths and ages.

Campus setting
The campus is located just north of downtown Milwaukee and minutes from Lake Michigan. It offers students the best of both worlds. It’s a peaceful, 40-acre landscaped campus in a safe residential community. With easy
access to dining, stores, entertainment, sporting events, culture festivals, and outdoor activities, there is always something to do outside of class.

Stritch offers more than 60 fields of study in undergraduate and graduate programs across 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 and Health Sciences.

The four colleges at Stritch have produced graduates with significant skills and talents. Graduates from Education programs continue to shape public and private education systems as teachers, school administrators, and superintendents. Business, Leadership, and Management students are some of the most successful Milwaukeeans in their roles at nonprofits, small companies, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Nursing and Health Science students also find gainful employment through partnerships with more than 60 health care agencies in the greater metropolitan area.

Performing arts
Inspiring each other to reach creative goals, Stritch students showcase their talents in theater productions, music performances, and art gallery exhibitions held year-round on campus. There are also many opportunities for non-majors who simply have a passion for the arts to get involved and participate. The Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts is home to all of the Fine and Performing Arts programs, and the facilities are updated with the latest technology and professional equipment.

Stritch teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which allows for athletic scholarship awards in all sports. With one individual national champion
ship, eight national championship–qualifying teams, three individual national championship qualifiers, four conference players of the year, and four coaches of the year in 2014–2015, the Stritch Wolves have a tradition of excellence on the fields and in the classroom. The Stritch Fieldhouse is open to all students, offering athletic courts for intramural sports leagues and tournaments, as well as an updated workout facility.

Many of Milwaukee’s finest citizens began their careers with an education from Stritch. They transform lives and communities through servant leadership, learning, and service. Our graduates are scholars, innovators, leaders, nurses, performers, artists, and others, ready to become productive citizens and problem solvers.



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81 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
BSN to MSN Programs            
Clinical Psychology            
Educational Administration            
Educational Leadership      
Elementary Education            
Evening MBA Programs            
General MBA            
Higher Education      
Human Resource Management            
MBA - Health Care            
MBA - Organizational Studies            
Nurse Administration            
Nurse Education            
Reading & Literacy            
Reading Master Teacher            
Reading Specialist            
Religious Studies            
Secondary Education            
Special Education      
Sports & Fitness Management            
Student Affairs/Development            
Teacher Certification            


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Student Body

930 students

316 full-time

614 part-time




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