Carroll University
Former name
Carroll College (1846–2008)
MottoChristo et Litteris
Motto in English
For Christ and Learning
TypePrivate university
EstablishedJanuary 31, 1846; 178 years ago (1846-01-31)
Religious affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment$73.6 million (2020)[1]
PresidentCindy Gnadinger
ProvostMark Blegen
Academic staff
136 full-time, 269 part-time
Administrative staff
Students3,283 (Fall 2022)[2]
Undergraduates2,771 (Fall 2022)
Postgraduates512 (Fall 2022)
Location, ,
United States

43°0′13″N 88°13′40″W / 43.00361°N 88.22778°W / 43.00361; -88.22778
Campus137 acres (55 ha)
Colors   Orange & white
Sporting affiliations
MascotPio Pete

Carroll University is a private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Established in 1846, Carroll was Wisconsin's first four-year institution of higher learning.


Prior to its establishment, what is now Carroll University was Prairieville Academy which was founded in 1841. Its charter—named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence—was passed into law by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature on January 31, 1846.[3] During the 1860s, the American Civil War and financial difficulty caused Carroll to temporarily suspend operations.

The board of trustees voted unanimously to change the institution's name from Carroll College to Carroll University effective July 1, 2008.


* Between July 31, 1871, and June 22, 1893, no college work was carried on. While the charter retained the college privileges, teaching was on the academy level. College work was resumed and the office of the presidency was filled again in 1893.


Carroll University offers more than 95 areas of study at the undergraduate level, with master's degrees and certificates in selected subjects, as well as one clinical doctorate program in physical therapy. Its most popular undergraduate majors, based on number, out of 580 graduates in 2022, were:[4]


Rankin Hall

The campus is home to a variety of nineteenth and early twentieth century historical buildings, including Sneeden House (a 1922 colonial home now used as a guesthouse and conference center) and MacAllister Hall (a renovated, 19th-century mansion that now houses offices for the CFO, English, modern language, computational and physical sciences, chemistry, and the Division of Arts and Sciences).[5]



Since the 1960s, bagpipes have been a part of Carroll's opening convocation and commencement ceremony. Freshmen are escorted to their first assembly by a lone bagpiper, and upon graduation are led to commencement by a band of bagpipers.[6]


Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories

Carroll athletic teams are the Pioneers. The university is a member of the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) since the 2016–17 academic year; which they were a member on a previous stint from 1955–56 to 1992–93.

Carroll competes in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and track & field (indoor and outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.


See List of Carroll Pioneers head football coaches

The college football program at Carroll began in the late 1890s. Past head coaches include Glenn Thistlethwaite, Vince DiFrancesca, and Matty Bell. The current coach is Mike Budziszewski, who replaced Mark Krzykowski after the 2019 season.[7]


Carroll University ranked No. 31 in Regional Universities Midwest in U.S. News & World Report 2022 America's Best Colleges.[8]

In 2018, Forbes ranked Carroll No. 594 among 650 colleges in the United States.[9]

In 2018, Money Magazine ranked Carroll No. 613 among 727 colleges in the United States.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Main article: List of Carroll University alumni


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Carroll University". Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  3. ^ "Carroll College". Wisconsin Historical Society. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  4. ^ "Carroll University". navigator. U.S. Dept of Education. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  5. ^ "MacAllister: A History of Haunts"
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Football Coaches". Carroll University Athletics. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  8. ^ "Regional University Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  9. ^ "America's Top Colleges Ranking 2015: Carroll University". Forbes, July 29, 2015.