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Cardinal Stritch University
Established 1937
Type Private
Religious affiliation Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
(Roman Catholic)
Endowment $18.9 million[1]
President Kent Bergemann (Interim)
Students 6,994 (2007-08)
Undergraduates c. 3,100
Postgraduates c. 3,800
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1937 as St. Clare College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi to train nuns as teachers. It was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in 1946 for Samuel Cardinal Stritch of Chicago, who was archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee during the 1930s. The institution became Cardinal Stritch University in 1997. In 1998, the university expanded to offer its first doctoral program. Cardinal Stritch University is the nation's largest Franciscan University.

The University also has campuses located in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Edina, Minnesota; evening programs in Rochester, Minnesota, and offers multiple Outreach programs throughout Wisconsin.

Cardinal Stritch University's total enrollment for the 2007-2008 is about 6,994.[2] Tuition for the 2008-2009 school year is $20,000, one of the lowest of the 20 independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin. About 82% of Stritch students benefit from scholarships, grants, work-study programs and loans. [2]


The Cardinal Stritch Wolves compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with their conference association being the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Both the Men's and Women's Basketball teams are consistently among the leaders in the CCAC and routinely make it to the NAIA National Basketball Tournament.

Fall Winter Spring
Men's Cross Country Men's Basketball Men's Baseball
Women's Cross Country Women's Basketball Women's Softball
Men's Soccer Men's Volleyball
Women's Soccer
Women's Volleyball -

Previously Cardinal Stritch was a member of the Lake Michigan Conference and won the Men’s Basketball Championship in 1987. The men's team also was a five time NLCAA Great Lakes District Men's basketball champion in the mid 1980's.

Women’s coach Rich Panella is widely considered one of the best women’s small school coaches in the country.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Basic Facts". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 

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