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Coordinates: 43°0′13″N 88°13′40″W / 43.00361°N 88.22778°W / 43.00361; -88.22778

Carroll University
Carroll University Logo
Motto Christo et Litteris (For Christ and Learning)
Established 1846
Type Private College
President Dr. Douglas N. Hastad
Staff 96
Students 3,292
Undergraduates 2,448 full-time, 569 part-time
Postgraduates 47 full-time, 228 part-time
Location Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
Colors Orange and Blue          
Mascot Pioneer
Affiliations Presbyterian Church USA

Carroll University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian church located in Waukesha in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Carroll opened in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state. Before July 1, 2008, Carroll University was known as Carroll College.[1]



Carroll University claims to be the oldest college in Wisconsin, however this claim is also held by Beloit College.

Prairieville Academy, which eventually became Carroll College (and subsequently Carroll University), was founded in 1841 by Increase Lapham.[2] Three years later, in summer of 1844, the genesis for Beloit College came in the form of a group of New Englanders calling themselves "Friends of Education," who gathered to discuss the formation of a "frontier college."

The charter for Carroll – named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence – was passed into law by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislation on January 31, 1846. Beloit's charter followed shortly on February 2, giving rise to Carroll's claim to be the oldest four-year institution in Wisconsin.

Beloit's claim is often phrased "the oldest college in the state in continuous operation," with a particular emphasis on the "continuous operation" aspect. During the 1860s, the American Civil War and financial difficulty caused Carroll to temporarily suspend operations, while Beloit has offered classes continuously since 1847.[3]

In 2009, Carroll was ranked 175th out of 600 by Forbes on their list of America's Best Colleges.[4]


Carroll University offers more than 60 areas of study at an undergraduate level and Master's degrees and certificates in selected subjects, as well as one clinical doctorate program in physical therapy. There are ninety-six full-time faculty members and approximately 3,325 students from 28 states and 27 countries.


The school provides housing in six residence halls, six apartment buildings, and two houses.


Vincent P. Batha, head football coach 1931

The school's athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference and compete in 10 men's and 10 women's sports.[5] Carroll University was a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin from 1955 to 1992.

A notable event in American football history occurred at Carroll on September 5, 1906, when Saint Louis University player Bradbury Robinson, coached by Eddie Cochems, threw the first legal forward pass in football history.

In 2006, both the men's and women's basketball teams qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in school history. The women won the Midwest Conference tournament and received the automatic bid, while the men's team received an "at-large" bid. Both were eliminated in the first round of play.

In 2007, both teams again qualified for the tournament. The Pioneers endured a long road to win the Midwest Conference tournament, including freak power outages that forced the championship game to be delayed and moved twice (first to Monmouth College, then to nearby Knox College). Upon reaching the NCAA tournament, they defeated 7th-ranked Augustana College in the first round of play, and 5th-ranked University of St. Thomas, to advance to the "Sweet Sixteen" sectional level. The women received an at-large bid to the tournament, defeating Illinois Wesleyan University in the first round, but losing in the second round of play to 25th-ranked Luther College.


Notable alumni


  1. ^ JS Online: Carroll change approved
  2. ^ Barquist, Barbara; Barquist, David (1987). "The Beginning". in Haley, Leroy. The Summit of Oconomowoc: 150 Years of Summit Town. Summit History Group. p. 9.  
  3. ^ Langill, Ellen. Carroll College: The First Century 1846-1946. Waukesha: Caroll College Press.  
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  5. ^ Carroll University :: News & Events :: College News
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