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Carroll University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree and certificate programs to make an informed education decision.

About Carroll University

Founded in 1846, Carroll University is Wisconsin's oldest 4-year institution of higher education. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #43 on its list of Regional Universities (Midwest) in 2011.


Carroll offers over 60 undergraduate majors and five graduate programs, with an average class size of 22 students. Study abroad opportunities and some online courses are available, as well as an undergraduate honors program and more than 50 student organizations. Carroll encourages and facilitates community involvement through volunteer, outreach, and service learning opportunities.


In 2011, the institution admitted 81% of prospective undergraduates, and 38% of admitted applicants enrolled. Prospective undergraduates must submit an online application or the Common Application, transcripts, a high school report form from their guidance office, and a personal statement. The university accepts applications on a rolling basis and notifies applicants of admissions decisions between one and three weeks after receipt of completed applications. Qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) tests may be accepted for credit. Graduate students apply to a central location but may need to meet additional program-specific requirements.

Almost three quarters (73%) of undergraduates are from Wisconsin. The undergraduate ethnic breakdown includes 88% White, 5% Hispanic/Latino, 2% Asian, and 2% Black or African American students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at Carroll University for 2011-12 was roughly $24,750, not including fees. Room and board was estimated at an additional $8,200, and books and supplies at $1,140. Undergraduate merit scholarship opportunities and payment plans are available. Graduate tuition varies by program.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's, and doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 3,256 undergraduate, 266 graduate students in 2011*
Programs Over 60 undergraduate majors and five graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (75)
Master's: Education (79)
Doctorate: Physical Therapy/Therapist (28)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
39% in 4 years
57% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 81% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 819 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 78% for full-time and 33% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date Between one and three weeks after receipt of complete application for regular decision**
Tuition Roughly $24,750 per year in 2011-12 (does not include fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Grant or scholarship aid (89%), Pell grants (29%), federal student loans (71%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Carroll University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions, Carroll University, 100 N. East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • Phone: (262) 524-7220
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