Cardinal Stritch University

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Cardinal Stritch University
Former names
St. Clare College
Cardinal Stritch College
MottoLatin: Ut probetis potiora
Motto in English
To value the better things
TypePrivate university
Established1937 (87 years ago)
Religious affiliation
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (Roman Catholic)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$27.8 million (2013)[1]
PresidentDaniel J. Scholz
Academic staff
80 full time
Students1,365 (Fall 2021)
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 40 acres (16 ha)
ColorsRed & White
Sporting affiliations

Cardinal Stritch University was a private Roman Catholic university with its primary campus in Fox Point and Glendale, Wisconsin. Its enrollment as of Fall 2021 was 1,365.[2] The university closed in May 2023 due to financial challenges and declining enrollment.[3]


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; Cardinal Stritch University Literacy Centers still existing today throughout the Milwaukee area, teaching people how to read.

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. The university's first doctoral program (devoted to Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service) opened for enrollment the following year. A $14 million expansion and renovation of the university occurred in 2006 with the introduction of online degree programs.

In April 2023, university administrators announced that the university would close in May due to financial challenges and declining enrollment.[3]


The university is located on a 40-acre (16 ha) campus 9 miles (14 km) 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 (1.6 km) east of campus.[citation needed]


Cardinal Stritch University offered more than 60 fields of study throughout four colleges, with bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees.


The Cardinal Stritch athletic teams were called the Wolves. The university was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) since the 1997–98 academic year.[4] The Wolves previously competed in the defunct Lake Michigan Conference of the NCAA Division III ranks from 1974–75 to 1996–97.

Cardinal Stritch competed in 13 intercollegiate varsity sports.


The Cardinal Stritch men's basketball team won the Lake Michigan Conference men's basketball championship in 1987. The men's team was also five-time National Little College Athletic Association (now the United States Collegiate Athletic Association) Great Lakes District men's basketball champion from 1983 to 1987.

The Cardinal Stritch men's basketball team won the NAIA Division II 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.

Track and field[edit]

In 2016, the men's indoor track and field team accomplished a first in Stritch history with a seventh-place finish at the NAIA indoor track and field nationals.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  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. ^ "Cardinal Stritch University Student Life". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 31 October 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Cardinal Stritch University closing in May". WISN. 2023-04-10. Retrieved 2023-04-10.
  4. ^ "About Us". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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