Information for Parents

As a parent or family member, we know you have questions. About how well your student will be prepared for the future workforce. About how their experience will be on campus and in the classroom. And of course how an education from Cardinal Stritch University is an affordable private university. Here are some resources to help you determine whether Stritch is the right fit for your student and to help make their academic career a positive one.

About 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.

Stritch is known as an excellent choice for studying business, education, liberal arts, leadership, nursing, and the sciences. Students with diverse faith and cultural backgrounds embrace and live our core Franciscan values of creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing creation and making peace. On campus, students cheer on our athletic teams, the Stritch Wolves, as they compete in 17 men’s and women’s sports. Students from all majors are engaged in artistic opportunities and participate in gallery exhibitions, theater performances and music concerts.

The University offers courses at our campus in the North Shore of Milwaukee, Brookfield, Madison and online. Undergraduate and graduate classes are also available through partnerships with technical colleges and employers.

Academic Excellence

The University consists of five schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education and Leadership, Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Continuing and Online Learning.

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 11-to-1. Stritch offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Our 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 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Stritch is competitively priced to make undergraduate and graduate 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.


Transfer Credits to Stritch

In the admission process, students must provide transcripts from each college or university attended. We will review the courses already taken to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Check out our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.


Ready to Apply? Complete the Admissions Application

Applications for undergraduate admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage students to apply online, at no cost, to simplify the admissions process. Some academic scholarships require having an admissions application on file, and being accepted, to see if a student can qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa. If helpful, note holidays and vacations on the academic calendar.