About Carroll University

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.

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A Learning Community

We offer choice 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 SciencesSchool 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.

Strategic Plan

Pioneer Driven:

Carroll University’s New Vision for Distinction

Our new strategic plan charts an ambitious and dynamic course forward: one characterized by innovation and entrepreneurship—and fueled by the dedication and drive of today’s Pioneers.

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Perfect Location

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. 

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Caring Community

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.

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Active Campus

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.

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Interactive Map

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What Does It mean to be a pioneer?

It means being part of a rich history and tradition that continue 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.

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Purpose and Mission

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.

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Meet Carroll University's president, board of trustees and senior staff.

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Fast Facts

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Carroll University, often called Wisconsin's pioneer college, is the first four-year institution of higher education in the state. We trace our history all the way back to the founding of Prairieville Academy in 1841. The university was chartered by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature on January 31, 1846—two years before Wisconsin became a state.

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Spring 2023 Athletics Update

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Carroll's "Zach Attack" on Hunger


Carroll alums Zach Trafton and Zachary Staszewski play key roles in fighting hunger in Wisconsin.

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95+ Areas of StudyExplore our Academic Programs

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