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Carroll University

Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Carroll University overview
Location Waukesha, Wisconsin
Online carrollu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Carroll University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Carroll University, established in 1846, is a private liberal arts college located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, approximately 20 miles west of Milwaukee. As the oldest institution of higher education in the state, Carroll maintains a historic campus interspersed with modern facilities, reflecting a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture. Encompassing a more personalized educational experience, the university offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on health sciences, business, and education. While the institution maintains a moderately selective admissions process, it is poised to cater to a diverse student body seeking both academic rigor and comprehensive growth. Residential facilities are provided, accommodating a significant portion of the student population within a campus known for its cohesive, intimate setting. Although Carroll is not predominately recognized for its athletic programs, it competes in NCAA Division III as the Pioneers, with various teams contributing to campus life.

In the most recent statistical year 4,728 prospective students applied, and 3,411 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 674 enrolled in the school.  2,988 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 295 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $35,360 plus fees of $830. Carroll University is ranked 534 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Carroll University is rated within the top 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Carroll University overview
SAT 1060/1340
ACT 22/28
Estimated GPA 3.39

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Carroll University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,210
Other Fees$830
Room and Board $11,564
Budget for Other Expenses$2,620
Total One Year Cost$51,584

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

57% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Carroll University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 12%
Education 12%
Health Professions 9%
Psychology 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=238458 IPEDS survey data for Carroll University.

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