Carroll University

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Carroll University is a private liberal arts college located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The oldest four-year institution of higher education in the state of Wisconsin, Carroll University was originally established in 1841 as an academy by settlers in the Wisconsin Territory community of Prairieville. Less than 5 years later, in 1846, the school was chartered by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature and became Carroll College –two years before the Wisconsin Territory would become a state. A short while after, the college became affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and adopted the motto, “Christo et Litteris,” which means “for Christ and Learning”. Effective July 1, 2008 the college adopted its current name, marking the university’s growth and achievement.

Academic Programs

Carroll University’s mission is to provide “a superior education, rooted in its Presbyterian and liberal arts heritage, and draws upon its Christian tradition to prepare all students for vocational success, lifelong learning and service in a diverse and global society.” Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913, two of the hallmarks of Carroll University’s educational experience include excellence in teaching and the individual attention given to students.

Carroll University is made up of a number of colleges and departments, and offers more than 80 areas of study. Undergraduate majors and programs culminate in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a Bachelor of Music Education degree. At the graduate-level, Carroll University offers a Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, Master of Science in Graphic Communication, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Software Engineering, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a Master of Occupational Therapy.

Student Life

Carroll University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students – the vast majority of which are undergraduate students. The student is made up of approximately 65% female students and 35% male students, with representatives from more than 30 states and foreign countries. Carroll University sits on a beautiful 132.8 acre campus which features nearly 60 facilities, including a dozen residence halls and more than 20 academic buildings. Carroll University features a number of events on campus, most notable of which are the Art Shows and Galleries hosted throughout the year and Carroll University’s “Scholars for Life” – a three-day seminar designed to serve as an inclusive learning community with emphasis on collaboration.

A number of student-led clubs and organizations exist on campus, catering to a range of interests and providing ample opportunity for students to connect outside of the classroom. An NCAA Division III school, Carroll University boasts nearly two dozen varsity teams, including basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, men’s baseball and football, and women’s softball and volleyball.

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