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 James P. Loftus and a Board of Trustees made up primarily of lay people.

Our University is a close knit community. The student/faculty ratio is 17 to 1.

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.


Total enrollment for 2013-14 is nearly 4,400. About 36.9% of Stritch undergraduate students are ethnic minorities (African-American 24.1%, Hispanic 8%, Asian 2.2% and Native American 0.24%). About 25.6% of Stritch graduate students are ethnic minorities (African-American 18.9%, Hispanic 4.2%, Asian 1.9%, Native American 0.18%).


Cost is a significant factor in choosing a college, but we believe it should never be a barrier. That’s why Stritch is very competitively priced when compared to the other independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin, and about 80% 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.

We have 105 full-time faculty members. We also employ several hundred adjunct faculty, who remain practitioners in their fields and provide highly skilled instruction.

Stritch offers more than 70 fields of study. Degrees conferred include:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy


Athletics plays an important role at Stritch, with 21 intercollegiate teams for men and women, numerous intramural leagues, and a spirit squad.

The Arts

The arts are appreciated by our campus community. 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. Recitals, concerts and musicals are offered throughout the year in an array of musical genres. Music and theater performances are in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts, which includes the 400-seat Nancy Kendall Theater.


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.