Quick Facts

An overview of Cardinal Stritch University.


As the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America we serve students of all faiths and ages. The campus is in northern Milwaukee, with classes held at other locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.

Stritch is one of the few Franciscan institutions in North America that grants a doctoral degree.

The University is led by President Dr. James P. Loftus and a Board of Trustees made up primarily of lay people.


Total enrollment for 2014-15 was 3,811 comprised of 2,308 (61%) undergraduates and 1,503 (39%) graduate students. Our entire student enrollment reflects an array of ethnic diversity, with 59% as White, 22% African-American, Hispanic 8%, 2% Asian, 2% are of more than one ethnicity, and 7% are non-resident aliens or have an unknown ethnicity. 64% of undergraduates self-identify as female and 36% male while the breakdown of graduate students is 62% female and 38% male.


Cardinal Stritch University is competitively priced to make higher education affordable for undergraduate and graduate students. Over 90% of Stritch students receive some form of financial aid. Find out more about tuition rates, room and board, and financial aid information.


The University consists of four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education and Leadership, and the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition to our full-time faculty members we also employ adjunct faculty who remain practitioners in their fields and provide highly skilled instruction.

Stritch offers more than 60 academic programs and confers the following degree programs: Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Science; Master of Arts; Master of Business Administration; Master of Education; Master of Science; Doctor of Education; and Doctor of Philosophy.

In the Classroom 

Stritch faculty and staff are committed to the values of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226): creating a caring community, sharing compassion for others, reverencing creation, and peacemaking. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. 

Library Resources

The Stritch Library has more than 139,000 holdings with access to materials held at seven institutions in the SWITCH Library Consortium. Students can also borrow laptops, tablets and camera equipment.


The Stritch Wolves are affiliated with the NAIA and are part of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). This allows us to compete against some of the tougher mid-sized college programs throughout the Midwest, which provides for exciting and competitive match ups. Get the latest schedule and see what our teams achieved during their 2014-15 season

Performing and Visual Arts

The arts are appreciated by our campus community and our diverse offerings aim to entertain and inform the community as a whole. Our talented theater students star in productions that range from musicals to the classics. The work of contemporary and historical visual artists, as well as Stritch students, is exhibited in our Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery. Performances and exhibits are held in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts, which includes the 400-seat Nancy Kendall Theater.