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
Type Private
Established 1937 (79 years ago)
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 3,811 (2014-2015)
Undergraduates ca. 2,308
Postgraduates ca. 1,503
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

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 2014–2015 academic year was 3,811.[2] Tuition varies based on program; full-time traditional undergraduate tuition was $13,445 per semester for the 2015-2016 academic year.[4]


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 Cardinal Samuel 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.


Residence halls/student union

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. In 2016, the men's indoor track and field team accomplished a first in Cardinal Stritch History by acquiring a 7th-place finish at the NAIA indoor track and field nationals. Their top distance runner, Daniel Garcia, was voted MVP for the men's side of the entire national indoor meet. The track and field program continues to enjoy tremendous success, despite the fact the program is relatively young.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Quick Facts". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  3. "Stritch Ring". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  4. "Tuition and Fees". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 22 December 2015.

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Coordinates: 43°08′24″N 87°54′36″W / 43.14000°N 87.91000°W / 43.14000; -87.91000

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