Initially an all-girls school, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi founded St. Clair College in 1937, quickly establishing The Literacy Centers, a reading clinic for struggling children. As the century progressed, so too, did the school. The college was renamed Cardinal Stritch University, and achieved regional accreditation, along with developing graduate programs by the mid-1950s. Then in 1970, the University became co-educational. Stritch University continued to expand, introducing Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing followed by a business degree program to meet the needs of adult students, and a distance education program for graduate studies. In 1998, Stritch University offered the Doctorate In Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service program, and by 2006, the University offered degree programs fully implemented online.
Today, the main campus of Cardinal Stritch University resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with additional satellite campuses located throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. The private, not-for-profit Franciscan Catholic institute enrolls more than 3,000 students and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. Furthermore, ethnic minority students, including 25 percent African-Americans, six percent Hispanic/Latinos, and others, comprise approximately 40 percent of the diverse student body.
Campus programs feature theater productions, art exhibits, and music concerts, along with the participation in 10 intercollegiate athletic teams. In addition, the Stritch Library maintains over 139,000 holdings, and supports online databases and shared access with other Wisconsin libraries.
Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, and maintains approval as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The Wisconsin State Board of Nursing also licenses nursing programs. In addition, select individual programs retain accreditation by:
- The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
- The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- The Wisconsin Department of Public Institution
- The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Cardinal Stritch University houses four colleges, awarding Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in more than 60 fields of study.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business and Management
- College of Education and Leadership
- Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing
Undergraduate students can pursue Associate in Art, Associate of Science in Business, Associate of General Studies, or Associate of Nursing degrees. A large number of Bachelor’s programs range from majors in Education and Psychology to Studio Arts and Sport Management programs.
Students can also declare minors to accompany major programs. More than twenty minor programs include studies, such as Environmental Chemistry, Computer Science, and International Business.
Furthermore, students can pursue a host of pre-professional programs, including Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Law. Certificate programs include Urban Ministry and an Integrated Leadership Certificate.
Interested students must submit the application, along with official transcripts, SAT/ACT/ASSET placement scores, and other program-specific documentation, if applicable. International students may also need to submit added documentation, including English language proficiency information.
Multiple graduate opportunities range from Master’s degrees in Business Administration, Education & Leadership, and Nursing to Arts & Sciences programs that specialize in studies, like Clinical Psychology, Sports Management, Religious Studies, and others. While most programs are offered on-campus, select programs are also offered online.
Doctorate degrees include programs in Education and Leadership, including a focus on Leadership, and Language and Literacy. In addition to the main campus Doctorate programs, students pursuing Doctorate in Leadership degrees can complete studies at off-campus locations.
The Adult Undergraduate and Extended Learning division of Cardinal Stritch University supports evening and extended learning programs. Nontraditional students can enroll in evening Business and Management accelerated Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs, or enroll in certificate programs. Stritch also features an Associate of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Completion Nursing degree, along with a Bachelor’s Completion in Early Childhood Education degree for adult students. Added opportunities include extended learning programs, such as coaching, leadership, and non-credit programs.
Furthermore, undergraduate online programs and coursework offers necessary flexibility for professionals and students with busy lifestyles. Online programs include:
- Business Certificates in Human Resource Management; Project Management; and Sales and Sales Management
- Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration; Human Services Management; Management; and Strategic Management of Information Systems
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Management
- Master of Arts in Special Education
- Master of Education in Instructional Technology; or Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
- Master of Science in Educational Leadership
- Personal and/or professional graduate and non-credit coursework.
Additionally, Cardinal Stritch University partners with the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities to allow students to pursue individual for-credit online courses, pending approval by the University. Multiple online courses are offered by OCICU, including courses in College Algebra, Bio Ethics, and Music.
Additionally, Stritch participates in federal and state financial aid programs, and awards institutional gift aid, along with access to loans and student employment for eligible students. Aid programs include:
- Federal loans, including the William D. Ford Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, and Grad PLUS Loans
- Federal grants, including the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- State aid, including the Wisconsin Tuition Grant, Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program, and the Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Bureau of Indian Affairs and the State Indian Grant Program
- Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant
- Veterans Grant Program via the Veterans Administration
- Wisconsin Army National Guard Tuition Grant
- Work-Study, internships, and graduate assistantships
- Multiple scholarships and grants supported by Cardinal Stritch University, including merit-based, departmental, and other awards
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,026
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