Cardinal Stritch University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Cardinal Stritch University

Established by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937, Cardinal Stritch University (Stritch) is the largest Franciscan university in North America. The school offers various programs through its four colleges. While its main campus is in Milwaukee, WI, Stritch has another campus in Eden Prairie, MN, and several satellite locations throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Cardinal Stritch University was named the first 'All Steinway School' in Wisconsin by Steinway and Sons for providing the best musical equipment to teachers and music students. Outside of the classroom, students can participate in concerts and recitals, or join intramural and intercollegiate sports teams and leagues.

The College of Arts and Sciences has more than 30 fields of study, including art, biology, history, political science, and religious studies. It also provides pre-professional programs, such as pre-dentistry, pre-law, and pre-med, and a certificate program in lay ministries.

The College of Business and Management offers classes one night a week for accelerated degree programs, including business administration, human services management, and public safety management, as well as certificate programs in contemporary team management, human resource management, and project management. A few of Stritch's business programs are available online.

Aspiring teachers and educational administrators can pursue certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in education through the College of Education and Leadership's three schools: the School of Education, the School of Leadership, and the School of Urban Initiatives. The college's master's degree program in reading and special education was the first of its kind in southeastern Wisconsin.

Cardinal Stritch University's Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in nursing. As of 2012, the college reported that 97% of graduates were employed within six months of graduation.


Aspiring students should fill out an application from the school's website. Traditional daytime program applications are available for students who have eleven or fewer college credits. For most programs, incoming freshmen need to submit official high school transcripts or GED scores, official transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions, and ACT or SAT scores. Transfer students - applicants who hold 12 or more college credits - must have at least a 2.0 grade point average and need to submit official transcripts from previous institutions.

International students should fill out the international application and must have F-1 student visas. All students need to complete the school's ASSET placement tests, and additional admissions requirements are possible for programs in the nursing, education and business colleges. While there are no application deadlines or fees, students are encouraged to apply early and must pay a $100 tuition deposit upon acceptance. This fee is refundable up to the tenth working day before the first day of the school term.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition varies by program; for example, undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Leadership cost $11,840 per semester for the 2012-13 year. Student activities fees are roughly between $190 and $325, and some programs require lab fees. In 2012, 93% of the student body received some form of financial aid.

Freshmen students can apply for scholarship programs, such as the Honors Scholarship, the Franciscan Heritage Scholarship, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship. Transfer students can apply for the Serra Transfer Scholarship, the St. Bonaventure Scholarship, the Legacy Scholarship, and the Music Performance Scholarship. Federal student loans, work-study programs, and federal and state grants are also available for students.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate degrees; post-bachelor's and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body Roughly 6,093 in 2011-12**
Student Housing Two-story residence hall primarily for freshman students; three-story residence hall for undergraduate and graduate students**
Schools and Programs Four schools with more than 60 fields of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Associate's: Business/Commerce (120)
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (368)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (282)
Doctorate: Educational Leadership and Administration (22)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in 2003:
21% in four years
57% in six years
60% in eight years*
Admission Rate 48% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 197 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 71% for full-time students in 2011*
Mid-range SAT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011: 470-570 in SAT critical reading and 460-700 in math*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date About one week after completed application is received and evaluated**
Tuition For most undergraduate programs, the tuition was $23,680 per year as of 2012-13**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (48%), Pell grants (48%), state and local government grants or scholarships (31%), institutional grants and scholarships (64%), federal student loans (84%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 93% as of 2012**

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Cardinal Stritch University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985
  • Phone: (414) 410-4040
  • Website:

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