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As a freshman at Cardinal Stritch University, you’ll be one of only 2,148 students. This is a private, not-for-profit university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church and you’ll spend your time here earning a liberal arts education. The university does offer lay ministry and religious study classes. While you may have chosen a major in a different discipline, you’ll also benefit from the school’s emphasis on critical thinking.

Overview of Cardinal Stritch University

Living in Milwaukee during your college years, you’ll have plenty of chances to go into town to see what you can find to keep you busy. This includes the Milwaukee County Zoo and a variety of entertainments and museums.

Stritch University gives credits for dual credit students enrolled in college and high school at the same time. It also offers advanced placement credits for any AP exams you passed, as well as for life experiences for those adult learners who have more behind them than high school.

Because the student population is so small, the student-faculty ratio has also managed to stay small at 8 to 1, a low enough ratio that you should easily be able to discuss any class concerns with your professors. Campus housing (dormitories) are available for you to live in, which means you can avoid spending a fortune on rent and utilities.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 8:1
Graduation Rate 50%
Year Founded 1937

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,148


Undergraduate Student

Male 437
Female 1,020

Graduate Student

Male 207
Female 484

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Male 375
Female 765


Male 300
Female 627

Acceptance Rate81%

Male 80%
Female 82%

Enrollment 166

Male   38
Female   25
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline NA
Common Application Accepted NA

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price you and your parents pay for your education at Stritch University falls right about in the middle of rates charged by other universities. This includes all fees charged to students: tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other various costs are all included. At Stritch University, the total is $46,440.

After financial aid pays for a big chunk of your tuition and fees, there is still some money left to be paid. This is called the average net price. For a recent academic, this was $18,107. Universities charge families the same amount, but financial aid varies depending on their annual income.

  • Families earning up to $30,000 pay around$15,934
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $17,188
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $18,842
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $19,540
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $21,549

Financial aid pays for a large amount of tuition and fees. About 130 beginning students who applied for financial aid (the entire freshman class) received an average of $23,132 in grants and scholarships. The same number of students apply for institutional grants and scholarships received an average of $18,797.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $18,107
Average Total Aid $23,132
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $8,950

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $31,798
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $31,798
  • Books and Supplies - $700
  • Room & Board - $8,950
  • Other - $4,992


When you begin your freshman year at Stritch University, you may feel overwhelmed and wonder what you got yourself into. Stick around, you’ll get the hang of it. Most students do. The retention rate is the percentage of first-year students who stay at the university into their second year. At Stritch, this is decent at 72%.

Graduation seems like it’s a long way off, but don’t fool yourself. It will be time to graduate soon enough. The 4-year graduation rate is somewhat low at 30%. This is below the average, but students may choose to stay for two more years to they finish their degree program. The 6-year graduation rate is higher at 50%.

If you have to work for a few hours during the day, you may need to know if you can take evening classes—the answer is yes, you can. Or you may prefer taking a few of your classes online; at Stritch University, this is another option for you.

Stritch University offers many degree programs. Among them are biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; computer and information sciences; education; English language; foreign languages; health professions; history; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; mathematics and statistics; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; philosophy and religious studies; physical sciences; psychology; public administration and social service professions; social sciences; theology and religious vocations; and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,148

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 132 Total Graduates / 41%
Organizational Leadership 49 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 36 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 17 Graduates
Accounting 11 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 80 Total Graduates / 25%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 68 Graduates
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 7 Graduates
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 5 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 13 Total Graduates / 4%
Art/Art Studies, General 5 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 Graduates
Graphic Design 3 Graduates
All Education Majors 12 Total Graduates / 4%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 10 Total Graduates / 3%
Biology/Biological Sciences 10 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10 Total Graduates / 3%
Communication, General 10 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 24%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, the plan is to get a job and start earning money. Your early salary may be about $46,900, while your total average salary will be about $72,851 and your mid-career salary should increase to around $66,200.

Once you’ve been working for a while, your salary will be more than what your family paid for all four years of school. Your 10-year salary earnings potential is $728,510. Your 20-year salary earnings potential may be as high as $1,390,510. This makes your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) $656,082 and your 20-year projected ROI $1,318,082.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $46,900
College Grads Average Salary $72,851
College Grads Mid Career Salary $66,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $728,510
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,390,510
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $72,428
10 Year Projected ROI $656,082
20 Year Projected ROI $1,318,082
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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