Carroll University

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Carroll University is a four-year, coeducation, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church, which is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1841 as Prairieville Academy and was eventually renamed Carroll College and finally Carroll University in 2009. The college is 3 years older than Beloit College, making it the oldest college in the state of Wisconsin.

With a full-time staff of roughly 100 and just over 3,300 students Carroll University is considered a mid-size university. Students who attend the university come from across the United States and over 27 foreign countries.

In the Forbes 2010 list America’s Best Colleges (which includes 600 higher education institutions), Carroll University was ranked 175th. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carroll No.43 among Midwest Regional Colleges in its list of America’s Best Colleges.


Carroll University offers bachelor’s degree in over 60 fields of study as well as a various graduate degree programs. Carroll offers graduate certificates and master’s degree in a limited number of subjects and a doctoral degree program in physical therapy.

Carroll offers several web-based courses that are offered entirely online. However, most of the courses offered online do not lead to an accredited degree. Some of its online courses are entirely online, while others require some class-room attendance. Many of the course Carroll offers are provided through the Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU)–a collaboration of private colleges and universities which includes Carroll University, Regis University, Southern New Hampshire University and Saint Leo University. Carroll joined the consortium in order to provide it students a large selection of online degrees and college level learning opportunities.

General Information

Admission Office

100 North East Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186-9988

(262) 524-7220

(800) 227-7655

Fax: (262) 951-3037

Contact: Jim Wiseman

Vice President for Enrollment
Main Address

100 North East Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

(262) 547-1211

Total undergrads: 3,030

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 690

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,947

Graduate enrollment: 286


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

European Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Animal Behavior/Ethology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B
Small Business Administration B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Organizational Communication B
Public Relations B

Communications Technologies

Graphic Communications B
Printing Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Geography Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Psychology Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B


Engineering Physics B
Software Engineering B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging B


European History B
History – General B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Applied Physics B
Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies B

Social Sciences

Philosophy, politics, and economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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