Cardinal Stritch University

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Cardinal Stritch University
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Former names
St. Clare College
Cardinal Stritch College
MottoLatin: Ut probetis potiora
Motto in English
To value the better things
Established1937 (84 years ago)
AffiliationSisters of St. Francis of Assisi (Roman Catholic)
Endowment$27.8 million (2013)[1]
PresidentDr. Daniel J. Scholz (interim)
Academic staff
80 full time
Students2,464 (Fall 2016)
Undergraduatesc. 1,534
Postgraduatesc. 930
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban – 40 acres
ColorsRed and white    
Sports15 varsity sports
(7 men's teams & 8 women's teams)
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Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its motto, Ut probetis potiora ("To value the better things"), is taken from Philippians 1:10.[2]

Cardinal Stritch University enrollment as of Fall 2016 was 2,464.[3] Tuition varies based on program; full-time traditional undergraduate tuition is $29,998 per year for the 2018–19 academic year.[4]


Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 as St. Clare College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi on Milwaukee's south side as an institution to help the order's sisters effectively train as teachers. The sisters opened a reading clinic in 1943 to help promote literacy in the area, still existing today as the Cardinal Stritch University Literacy Centers operating throughout the Milwaukee area.

In 1946, the college was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in honor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Cardinal Samuel Stritch. The college opened its programs to lay women for the first time and was subsequently accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1953.

Stritch established its first graduate program in 1956, offering majors in special education and reading. The university also opened its doors to men that year, becoming fully co-educational in 1970.

Stritch moved to its current campus in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point in 1962. This new campus allowed the college to begin many new programs such as the nursing program in 1980 and its College of Business and Management in 1982.

Cardinal Stritch College was renamed Cardinal Stritch University in 1997 with the university's first doctorate program offered the following year, the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service. A $14 million expansion and renovation of the university occurred in 2006 with the introduction of online degree programs.


In addition to campus, Cardinal Stritch University offers degree programs online.[5]


The campus is located on a 40-acre campus 9 miles north of Milwaukee in the suburbs of Fox Point and Glendale. The campus sits on private land accessible from roads on the eastern and western edges. Lake Michigan is less than one mile east of campus.

  • Bonaventure Hall – home to the University's administrative offices including the Office of the President and departmental offices for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, and the College of Education and Leadership.
  • Duns Scotus Hall – the University's main academic building housing classrooms and the International Education office
  • Roger Bacon Hall – home to the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and labs for biology and chemistry
  • Library – includes Information Commons, main collection, Instructional Materials Center collection, Franciscan Center Library, and other resources
  • Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts – houses the communication, music, theater and art departments along with classrooms, offices, studios, and the University's theaters
  • Fieldhouse – the hub of Stritch Athletics housing athletic offices, gymnasium, workout facility, locker rooms and indoor running track
Residence halls/student union
  • Clare Residence Hall - also home to the Department of Residence Life and Student Health Services
  • Assisi Residence Hall - converted into a residence hall in 2009 from the old College of Education building
  • Serra Hall - dining hall
  • Campus Center - home to the student union, student lounge, the Bean coffee shop, and campus ministry offices


Cardinal Stritch University offers more than 60 fields of study throughout four colleges, offering bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Programs are set up for traditional undergraduates, adult undergraduate, graduate, and online programs


Stritch teams, nicknamed the Wolves, compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[6] Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball; women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Previously, Stritch was a member of the now-defunct Lake Michigan Conference of the NCAA Division III level and won the men's basketball championship in 1987. The men's team was also five-time National Little College Athletic Association (now United States Collegiate Athletic Association) Great Lakes District men's basketball champion from 1983 to 1987.

Stritch's men's basketball team won the NAIA Division 2 National Championship in 2013. After being ranked number one in seven straight polls, they were knocked out of the 2014 NAIA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament in the second round.

In 2016, the men's indoor track and field team accomplished a first in Stritch history with a seventh-place finish at the NAIA indoor track and field nationals.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 23, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Stritch Ring". Cardinal Stritch University. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Quick Facts". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Tuition and Fees". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Locations & Directions – Cardinal Stritch University". Archived from the original on 30 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  6. ^ "About Us". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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