Carroll University

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School Overview

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.

Carroll University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (262) 547-1211
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 100 N East Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,449
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,112 (90% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $32,850
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,850
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,237

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Carroll University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Carroll University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 91
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 3105
Engineering 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 82
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 36711

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Carroll University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $32,850
Out-of-state $32,850
Books and supplies $1,126

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,608
Out-of-state $11,608

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 711 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 711 100% $20,237
Student loan aid 491 69% $9,003

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,744 95% $18,709
Federal student loans 1,966 68% $6,493

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Carroll University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Carroll University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,574 1,649 2,925
Percent admitted 100% 59% 72%
Percent admitted who enrolled 17% 14% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Carroll University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,449
Undergraduate enrollment 2,960
Graduate enrollment 489

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Carroll University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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