Quick Facts

An overview of Cardinal Stritch University.


Cardinal Stritch University began as a teaching institution for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937. Today, Stritch offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help students develop new skills, gain career-related experience, and build professional networks.

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as an excellent choice for studying the arts, business, education, leadership, liberal arts, nursing, and the sciences. Our campus is located just north of Milwaukee and select programs are also offered at locations in downtown Milwaukee, Madison, Brookfield and online.

Students with diverse faith and cultural backgrounds are invited to embrace and live our core Franciscan values of creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing creation and making peace. With more than 33,000 alumni, our graduates are known for their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Through education, academic support, mentoring, and career opportunities, we help students find their mission in life.

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

Awards and Honors

Stritch has been recognized for a wide range of academic achievements.

  • Ranked 23rd our of the 25 Best Online Master's in Education Degree Programs
    Online Colleges
  • Ranked 45th out of the 50 Best Catholic Colleges
  • Ranked 23rd out of the 23 Best Campus Securities
  • Scored a school rating of 8.1 out of 10
  • Ranked 47th out of the 50 Most Affordable Private Non-Profit
    Schools for a Master's in Special Education Program
    Master's in Special Education Program Guide
  • Ranked 50th Best Catholic College out of 253 in the United States
    Best Catholic Colleges
  • Ranked 147th out of 1,275 Colleges Ranking
    The Economist

Our Mission

Cardinal Stritch University is rooted in the liberal arts tradition, transforms lives and communities through servant leadership, learning, and service. We are guided by the Catholic, Franciscan values of creating a caring community, peacemaking, showing compassion, and reverencing creation as we embrace and cultivate the diversity of all of God’s creation.


Total enrollment as of the 2014-15 academic year is 3,811. Overall student enrollment reflects an array of ethnic diversity: 59% White, 22% African-American, Hispanic 8%, 2% Asian, 2% are of more than one ethnicity, and 7% are international students or have an unknown ethnicity. 

2,308 students (61% of total enrollment)
64% female / 36% male

1,503 students (39% of total enrollment) 
62% female / 38% male

Academic Programs

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. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. 

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.


Stritch is competitively priced to make higher education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and fees and the financial aid process.

Scholarships for freshmen and transfer students are also available. Students and families can also estimate their cost of attendance using our Net Price Calculator.

Library and Research 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 Institutional Review Board is responsible for evaluating and approving all research done on or by our faculty, staff, and students. Any student, faculty or staff member of Cardinal Stritch University who anticipates performing research utilizing participants (including certain classroom activities), have their research reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). 


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.

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 33,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.