Cardinal Stritch University
Year established: 1937
Type of school: university, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes, Roman Catholic
Campus enrollment: 6,000 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, became coeducational in 1970
Location description: in or near a major city (pop. 300,000 or more)
Application fee: $25

Street address: Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Mailing address: Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Main telephone numbers: 414 410-4000
800 347-8822 (toll free)
414 410-4239 (fax)

Cardinal Stritch University
Main homepage:

SAT number: 1100
ACT number: 6755
FAFSA number: 003837
FICE number: 3837

Cardinal Stritch University is an independent Catholic institution of higher education, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The University, rooted in the liberal arts, provides graduate and undergraduate programs to prepare students for life and for professional careers.

The University has a neat, 40-acre campus, large enough to provide an academic setting that is serene and secure, yet close enough to all the excitement of a city. Attending classes day to day, you'll find it hard to believe that Stritch is just 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee with all of the cultural, sports, and entertainment attractions it offers

The University assists women and men in pursuing lifelong learning. It provides both traditional and non-traditional approaches to meet the educational needs of a diverse student body. The University strives to be a caring community. Its faculty and its staff regard superior instruction and personal attention to each student as keys to quality education. In addition, faculty members model and promote meaningful integration of theory and practice.

At the undergraduate and graduate levels, Cardinal Stritch University's academic programs emphasize general studies, professional preparation and community service. The University is dedicated to assisting individuals in their personal development through pursuit of the liberal arts and career-related courses in a campus atmosphere pervaded by the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Cardinal Stritch University
Admissions officer: Kirk Messer,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 414 410-4040
800 347-8822, extension 4040 (toll free)
414 410-4058 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Priority filing date for fall: April 1
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Application fee: $25
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: no
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 20 (combined SAT I score of 940) and minimum 2.0 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT required, SAT II not used
School's test preference: ACT
Dates test scores should be received: August 1 for SAT I/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 required, 4 recommended
Math: 2 required, 2 recommended
Science: 2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies: 2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives: 6 required, 6 recommended
Total: 16 required, 16 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
  • Audition required of theatre program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank considered
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview important
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Average secondary school GPA: 3.1
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 95%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 10%
Top quarter: 33%
Top half: 58%
Bottom half: 42%
Bottom quarter: 12%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 78%
Average SAT I: 495 verbal, 500 math
Average ACT: 22 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 19 - 24
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 7%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 93%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: Reply required by Monday prior to start of classes.

School has a waiting list policy: no
Tuition deposit amount: $100, refundable August 15
Room deposit amount: $50, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 1 year

Semester/term begin dates: in late August.
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August.
Number and length of summer sessions: Three summer sessions of six weeks each.

Majors with the highest enrollment: business, education, nursing
Majors with the lowest enrollment: theatre, biology, sociology
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 85%
Student:Faculty ratio: 16:1
Total faculty: 213 men, 245 women
Full-time faculty: 37 men, 61 women
Part-time faculty: 176 men, 184 women
Graduation rate: 56% within six years

Cardinal Stritch University
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: no

Special programs offered:
dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-chiropractic
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Study abroad opportunities:
Australia;Ireland;Korea, South;Spain;Taiwan;United Kingdom
Other special or unique academic programs:
Study Abroad in any country can be arranged through outside programs
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Associate's Degrees

  • Administration of Justice/Courts
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Women's Studies
Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Applied Music
  • Architectural/Engineering Technology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Interactive Media Design
  • International Business
  • Jazz Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education
  • Paralegal
  • Photography
  • Political Communication
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Safety
  • Public Safety Management
  • Religious Studies
  • Renewable Resources
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sports Management
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Writing

Credit placement options:
    (scores of 3 or higher)

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Amy Hoss
Contacting the office: 414 410-4048
800 347-8822, extension 4048 (toll free)
FAFSA number: 003837

Undergraduate tuition: $18,624
Comprehensive tuition/room/board fees: $5,750
Tuition notes: comprehensive tuition/room/board fees, in-state tuition based on $682 per credit hour0, out-of-state tuition based on $682 per credit hour0, Full-time nursing program requires additional $55 per credit.
Combined room and board expenses: $5,750 - $5,750


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAApril 15yesN/A
Institution's own financial aid formN/AyesN/A

Date award notification begins: March 1
Applied for financial aid:
45% of first-year students
85% of full-time undergraduates
94% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
84% of first-year students
84% of full-time undergraduates
95% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
99% of first-year students
99% of full-time undergraduates
99% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
78% of first-year students
61% of full-time undergraduates
71% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
93% of first-year students
96% of full-time undergraduates
97% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
4% of first-year students
2% of full-time undergraduates
2% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
8% of first-year students
6% of full-time undergraduates
6% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
47% for first-year students
39% for full-time undergraduates
47% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$9,700 for first-year students
$8,222 for full-time undergraduates
$9,938 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$8,387 for first-year students
$6,127 for full-time undergraduates
$6,990 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$3,426 for first-year students
$4,657 for full-time undergraduates
$5,142 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$2,296 for first-year students
$3,583 for full-time undergraduates
$4,264 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
7% of first-year students
8% of full-time undergraduates
7% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$10,987 for first-year students
$9,987 for full-time undergraduates
$8,481 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
2% of first-year students
1% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$5,166 for first-year students
$4,265 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • State Loans
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 0%
Types of payment plans:
  • Academic Management Services (AMS)
  • Tuition Management Systems
  • school's own payment plan(s)
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
  • athletic scholarships
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 1,027 men, 2,053 women, 3,080 total
Full-time undergraduates: 970 men, 1,887 women, 2,857 total
Part-time undergraduates: 57 men, 166 women, 223 total
Total graduate students: 892 men, 2,283 women, 3,175 total
Full-time graduate students: 627 men, 1,367 women, 1,994 total
Part-time graduate students: 265 men, 916 women, 1,181 total
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 11%
First-year student breakdown:
26.5% Black (non-Hispanic)
4.8% Asian or Pacific Islander
3.7% Hispanic
52.4% White (non-Hispanic)
5.8% total international (nonresident aliens)
6.9% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
22.5% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.6% Asian or Pacific Islander
3.3% Hispanic
63.6% White (non-Hispanic)
3.0% total international (nonresident aliens)
5.4% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 40 acres
City or town school is located in: Milwaukee, WI
Population of city/town: 578,887
Locations of branch/satellite campuses: Madison, WI; Minneapolis, MN
Nearest major city: Milwaukee, WI
Distance of nearest major city: 10 miles
Population of nearest major city: 578,887

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (90%)
  • women's dorms
  • men's dorms
  • sorority housing
  • fraternity housing
  • single-student apartments (10%)
  • married-student apartments
  • special housing for disabled students
  • special housing for international students
  • cooperative housing
Percent of students who live in school housing: 8%
Percent of students who live off campus: 92%
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 51%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 275
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Art gallery, conference center, theatre, reading center.

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, health insurance
Counseling services:
veteran student, career, personal, academic, religious
Career placement services:
co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 92%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 0
Number of social sororities on campus: 0
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, radio station
School newspaper(s): Wolf Print
Total number of registered organizations: 20
Campus-based religious organizations:
Christian / Ecumenical Student Leadership, Interfaith / Religious Support and Dialogue Group
Minority student organizations:
NAACP, International Student Organization
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
AIESEC, Philosophy Club, Psychology Club, Radio Lobo, Residence Hall Association, Revolution Spirit Team, School of the Americas Watch, Society of Art People, Sociology Club, Stritch Volunteers, Student Activities Committee, Athletic Advisory Council, Students for Political Awareness, Student Nursing Association, Student Wisconsin Education Association, Students for Life, Students in Free Enterprise, Students Understanding Diverse Sexuality, Wolfprint Student Newspaper, Black Student Union, Commuter Student Association, Genesian Players, Math Club, Model UN, Outdoor Club, Peer Educators

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Denny Fox,
Athletic Director
School colors: Burgundy and Gray
School mascot: Wolves
Athletic conference memberships: Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNAIA
Men's basketballyesNAIA
Men's cross-countryyesNAIA
Men's socceryesNAIA
Men's volleyballyesNAIA
Men's volleyballnoNAIA-II
Women's basketballyesNAIA
Women's cross-countryyesNAIA
Women's socceryesNAIA
Women's softballyesNAIA
Women's volleyballyesNAIA

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 15%

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Milwaukee, WI (18 miles)
Nearest other airport: Chicago, IL (90 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee, WI (9 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Milwaukee, WI (9 miles)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: excellent
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
;Cardinal Stritch University (WI)
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 94% within six months of graduation, 96% within one year of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Aurora Healthcare, GE Medical , JP Morgan Chase, Mayo Clinic, Milwaukee Public Schools, Snap-On Tools, Target, Time Warner, Wells Fargo

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 512
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 238 (46%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 142 (60%)

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, spring
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript required of all
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement not required
  • interview not required
  • standardized test scores required of all
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Priority filing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Closing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: 78
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 98 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 30 to receive an associate's degree, 30 to receive a bachelor's degree

International student contact: Laine Philippa,
Director of International Programs
Contacting the office: 414 410-4187

Number of foreign countries represented: 17
Most represented countries: Ghana, Jamaica, South Korea, Philippines, United Kingdom, Canada

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Application closing dates: April 1 for fall, December 1 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: no
Test requirements: TOEFL recommended, SAT I or ACT required
Minimum SAT I score: 940 combined
Minimum ACT score: 20 composite
Test preference: ACT
Minimum TOEFL score: 550 paper, 213 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, international student center, ESL program/classes, special orientation

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Institution's own aid formN/AyesN/A

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes

Untimed tests are accepted: yes


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