A true Pioneer, Carroll University is Wisconsin’s first, four-year institution of higher learning. Our private university is grounded in the liberal arts tradition and is a leader in the health sciences. We offer more than 95 areas of study including a variety of graduate programs and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. From 1846 forward, we’ve prepared our students to live a life of purpose and meaning through learning opportunities and experiences in a diverse and global society.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer? It means being part of rich history and tradition that continues to shape our campus community. It’s engaging in the spirit of exploration and discovery that began with our founders. Pioneers are eager to know more about the world they live in and how they will make their mark by contributing a fresh perspective. At Carroll, we live by a set of values that leads us to strive for excellence, stretch past boundaries, and treat those we meet with respect, kindness, and dignity.
A Learning Community
We offer choices when it comes to undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Our students pursue their passion while preparing for their careers through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services. Our faculty are personally invested in their students’ success. They make it a priority to get to know them well, which translates to better support in helping them achieve their individual academic and personal goals. Carroll differentiates itself through its Pioneer Core. This unique general education requirement weaves a cross-cultural emphasis throughout a student’s academic career, exposing them to cultures, ideas, and beliefs different from their own.
Carroll is conveniently located in a historic neighborhood district in Waukesha, Wisconsin just blocks from a charming riverfront city filled with shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation. We’re less than a half-hour from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, and less than two hours by car from Chicago.
Carroll is a close-knit community where caring is more than a cliché. Taking responsibility for making the world a better place is part of who we are. From their first day on campus, our students participate in service activities, paying it forward by giving back throughout greater Waukesha and Milwaukee.
Our Pioneers learn and grow outside the classroom as well. Our competitive spirit thrives in our 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Our students also make time to pursue their passions or explore new ones, in areas such as music, theater, art, photography, and more. And with 50+ student organizations, it’s easy to explore different interests and make friends.
Pioneer Driven: Carroll University’s New Vision for Distinction is a strategic plan that charts an ambitious and dynamic course forward: one characterized by innovation and entrepreneurship—and fueled by the dedication and drive of today’s Pioneers.
Since 1846, the transformative Carroll experience has shaped the lives of tens of thousands of students. These Pioneers were inspired to lead in vocation and live lives of accomplishment and meaning. Our alumni/ae are making an impact on their communities and in the lives of others. They are standing up against injustice and exploring our shared humanity through faith, the arts, leading businesses, teaching children and adults, caring for the sick, and protecting the environment. Pioneers illuminate our ethos of respect, integrity, and stewardship.
With each graduating class, our reach extends—and our responsibility grows— to inspire our students to discover their true purpose, to become the best version of themselves, and to prepare for thoughtful engagement in making the world better for all. They are part of a proud lineage that has grown stronger with each new generation of students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae.
Like those who have gone before them, they are Pioneer Driven.
"Carroll University will transform the world for the better through the power of an engaged education."
Strategic Plan Goals
Over the next seven years, Carroll University's strategic plan will focus on four key areas:
Enhancing Teaching and Learning
Carroll University will become a leader in educating students who are skillfully prepared for lifelong learning and vocational success.
Enriching the Carroll Experience
Carroll University will achieve academic excellence through inclusive excellence.
Building and Leveraging Partnerships
Carroll University will maximize the impact of strategic partnerships that focus on innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.
Carroll University will build upon our past successes and continue our upward trajectory by intentionally expanding our educational team, campus footprint, and student body.