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Our Story

Cardinal Stritch University was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937 and was chartered by the State of Wisconsin as a fully-accredited, degree granting institution. Today, Stritch is one of the largest Franciscan institutions of higher education in North America. We offer more than 60 exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help students develop new skills, gain career-related experience and build professional networks. These academic programs prepare students of all ages, faiths, races and socio-economic backgrounds to succeed in the communities where they live, work, serve and lead.

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.

A vibrant campus life offers shared and meaningful experiences through a vast array of student clubs and organizations, diverse activities, intercollegiate athletics, performing arts, community service projects and leadership opportunities.

More than 38,000 Stritch alumni are recognized worldwide for their leadership roles in businesses, health care organizations, corporations, educational institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. Responsive to the needs of their communities, Stritch graduates are critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and lifelong learners.

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Foundational Franciscan Values

Life and learning at Cardinal Stritch University are rooted in the fundamental mission and the Franciscan values that guide all we do in the classroom, the community and the world.

The Mission, Vision and Values Proposition provide the aspirational ideal and framework for the programming, partnerships and people in the Stritch community.

The Stritch Mission Franciscan Values
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The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, our founders and sponsors, gifted the Franciscan values to Cardinal Stritch University through their leadership, work and example throughout the generations.

Students, faculty and staff of Cardinal Stritch University are called to carry on their legacy.

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