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Cardinal Stritch University

Cardinal Stritch University
Former names
St. Clare College
Cardinal Stritch College
Motto Latin: Ut probetis potiora
Motto in English
To value the better things
Established 1937 (79 years ago)
Type Private
Affiliation Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (Roman Catholic)
Endowment $27.8 million (2013)[1]
Chancellor Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF
President James P. Loftus
Academic staff
105 full-time
Students 6,093 (2011-2012)
Undergraduates ca. 3,046
Postgraduates ca. 3,230
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Campus Suburban - 40 acres
Colors Cardinal and white          
Athletics NAIACCAC
Sports 20 varsity sports
(10 men's teams & 10 women's teams)
Nickname Wolves
Mascot Wolfie
Affiliations ACCU
Website .edu.stritchwww

Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The university also offers courses in Brookfield, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; and has outreach programs throughout Wisconsin. Cardinal Stritch University is the nation's largest Franciscan university.[2] Its motto, Ut probetis potiora ("To value the better things"), is taken from Philippians 1:10.[3]

Cardinal Stritch University's enrollment for the 2009–2010 academic year was 6,276.[4] Tuition that year was $20,000. About 82 percent of Stritch students benefit from scholarships, grants, work-study programs and loans.[4]


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Main Campus 2.1
      • Facilities 2.1.1
        • Administration
        • Academic
        • Arts
        • Athletic
        • Residence halls/student union
    • Other locations 2.2
  • Academics 3
  • Athletics 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 as St. Clare College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi on Milwaukee's south side as an institution to help the order's sisters effectively train as teachers. The sisters opened a reading clinic in 1943 to help promote literacy in the area, still existing today as the Cardinal Stritch University Literacy Centers operating throughout the Milwaukee area.

In 1946, the college was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in honor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Samuel Cardinal Stritch. The college opened its programs to lay women for the first time and was subsequently accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1953.

Stritch established its first graduate program in 1956, offering majors in special education and reading. The university also opened its doors to men that year, becoming fully co-educational in 1970.

Stritch moved to its current campus in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point in 1962. This new campus allowed the college to begin many new programs such as the nursing program in 1980 and its College of Business and Management in 1982.

Cardinal Stritch College was renamed Cardinal Stritch University in 1997 with the university's first doctorate program offered the following year, the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service. A $14 million expansion and renovation of the university occurred in 2006 with the introduction of online degree programs.


In addition to the University's main campus, Cardinal Stritch University offers degree programs at 13 other locations throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.[5]

Main Campus

The Main Campus of Cardinal Stritch University is located on a 40-acre campus 9 miles north of Milwaukee in the suburbs of Fox Point and Glendale. The campus sits on private land accessible from roads on the eastern and western edges. Lake Michigan is less than one mile east of campus.


  • Bonaventure Hall-home to the University's administrative offices including the Office of the President and departmental offices for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, and the College of Education and Leadership.
  • Duns Scotus Hall - the University's main academic building housing classrooms and the International Education office
  • Roger Bacon Hall - home to the College of Nursing and labs for biology and chemistry
  • Library - includes Information Commons, main collection, Instructional Materials Center collection, Franciscan Center Library, and other resources
  • Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts - houses the communication, music, theater, and art departments housing classrooms, offices, studios, and the University's theaters
  • Fieldhouse- the hub of Stritch Athletics housing athletic offices, gymnasium, workout facility, locker rooms and indoor running track
Residence halls/student union
  • Clare Residence Hall-also home to the Department of Residence Life and student health services
  • Assisi Residence Hall-converted into a residence hall in 2009 from the old College of Education building
  • Serra Hall-dining hall
  • Campus Center-home to the student union, bookstore, the Bean coffee shop, Dean of Students, and campus ministry offices

Other locations


Cardinal Stritch University offers more than 60 fields of student throughout four colleges, offering associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. Programs are set up for traditional undergraduates, adult undergraduate, graduate, and online programs


Cardinal Stritch teams, nicknamed the Wolves, compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, bowling, track and field and volleyball; women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, track and field and volleyball.

Previously, Cardinal Stritch was a member of the now-defunct Lake Michigan Conference of the NCAA Division III level and won the men’s basketball championship in 1987. The men's team was also five-time National Little College Athletic Association Great Lakes District men's basketball champion from 1983 to 1987.

Cardinal Stritch University's Men's Basketball team won the NAIA Division 2 National Championship in 2013. After being ranked number one in seven straight polls, they were knocked out of the 2014 NAIA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament in the second round.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 23, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Cardinal Stritch University, Basic Facts
  3. ^ "Stritch Ring". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Basic Facts". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  5. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Cardinal Stritch University Wolves Athletics
  • Cardinal Stritch University Library

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