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Carroll University

The pioneer spirit is strong at Carroll University, Wisconsin’s first institution of higher education.

From 1846 forward, we’ve been committed to helping students discover their unique place in the world. Today, Carroll is a premier university with more than 95 areas of study. Our historic campus in Waukesha is just minutes from Milwaukee and 100 miles from Chicago, ensuring countless opportunities for internships and clinical placements.

Outside the classroom, we open your world to new possibilities through an emphasis on community involvement and global experiences. At Carroll University, your success is within reach through generous, merit-based scholarships and financial aid packages.

Quick Facts
3,176 students
(2,623 undergraduate, 553 graduate)
Tuition & fees
Food & housing
Average cost after aid
$19,044 (2021-22 average)
Student/faculty ratio

Pioneer Stories: Peter Burress

When Peter Burress considered Carroll University, he had a clear goal in mind: to become a physical therapist. He visited several Colleges before stepping on Main Lawn, but once he did, his decision was made.

Pioneer Stories: Emina Halilovic

The journey to Carroll from the battle-scarred streets of the small town in Bosnia where Emina was born has been long and incredible. The young refugee family settled in Waukesha and slowly began rebuilding their lives.

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Pioneer Stories: Sage Thomas

Sage Thomas was just ten years old when her skin suddenly broke out in a rash and began bruising at the slightest touch. Hospital trips followed, then a diagnosis of aplastic anemia, a deadly disease of the blood stem cells that reside in bone marrow.

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Admissions requirements
Individually evaluated based on GPA, coursework and optional submission of ACT or SAT.

How AP/IB credits are handled
Credits awarded for AP vary by subject and score; IB credits awarded based on HL exam score.

Degrees offered
Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Educational
Leadership, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Exercise Physiology–Clinical, Master of Science in Exercise Physiology–Strength and Conditioning, Master of Science in Nursing–Clinical Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Science in Athletic Training, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Other programs
Traditional on-campus day program, evening and summer programs


Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 100%
Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 98%
For institution-specific scholarships, contact: Financial Aid Office at 262.524.7296 or sends e-mail)

FAFSA Code: 003838

Conference/division affiliation: NCAA Division III, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, United Collegiate Esports Association

Men’s athletics
Baseball, basketball, cross country, esports, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor)

Women’s athletics
Basketball, bowling, cross country, esports, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball

Intramurals offered