Cardinal Stritch University

Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The university also offers courses in Brookfield, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; and has outreach programs throughout Wisconsin.[2] Its motto, Ut probetis potiora ("To value the better things"), is taken from Philippians 1:10.[3]

Cardinal Stritch University enrollment as of Fall 2016 was 2,464.[2] Tuition varies based on program; full-time traditional undergraduate tuition is $29,998 per year for the 2018-19 academic year.[4]

Cardinal Stritch University
Cardinal Stritch University seal
Former names
St. Clare College
Cardinal Stritch College
MottoLatin: Ut probetis potiora
Motto in English
To value the better things
Established1937 (82 years ago)
AffiliationSisters of St. Francis of Assisi (Roman Catholic)
Endowment$27.8 million (2013)[1]
ChancellorCamille Kliebhan
PresidentKathleen A. Rinehart
Academic staff
80 full-time
Students2,464 (Fall 2016)
Undergraduatesca. 1,534
Postgraduatesca. 930
Location, ,
CampusSuburban – 40 acres
ColorsRed and white          
Sports15 varsity sports
(7 men's teams & 8 women's teams)
Cardinal stritch university logo


Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 as St. Clare College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi on Milwaukee's south side as an institution to help the order's sisters effectively train as teachers. The sisters opened a reading clinic in 1943 to help promote literacy in the area, still existing today as the Cardinal Stritch University Literacy Centers operating throughout the Milwaukee area.

In 1946, the college was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in honor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Cardinal Samuel Stritch. The college opened its programs to lay women for the first time and was subsequently accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1953.

Stritch established its first graduate program in 1956, offering majors in special education and reading. The university also opened its doors to men that year, becoming fully co-educational in 1970.

Stritch moved to its current campus in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point in 1962. This new campus allowed the college to begin many new programs such as the nursing program in 1980 and its College of Business and Management in 1982.

Cardinal Stritch College was renamed Cardinal Stritch University in 1997 with the university's first doctorate program offered the following year, the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service. A $14 million expansion and renovation of the university occurred in 2006 with the introduction of online degree programs.


In addition to campus, Cardinal Stritch University offers degree programs online and at other locations.[5]


The campus is located on a 40-acre campus 9 miles north of Milwaukee in the suburbs of Fox Point and Glendale. The campus sits on private land accessible from roads on the eastern and western edges. Lake Michigan is less than one mile east of campus.


  • Bonaventure Hall – home to the University's administrative offices including the Office of the President and departmental offices for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, and the College of Education and Leadership.
  • Duns Scotus Hall – the University's main academic building housing classrooms and the International Education office
  • Roger Bacon Hall – home to the College of Nursing and labs for biology and chemistry
  • Library – includes Information Commons, main collection, Instructional Materials Center collection, Franciscan Center Library, and other resources
  • Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts – houses the communication, music, theater, and art departments housing classrooms, offices, studios, and the University's theaters
  • Fieldhouse – the hub of Stritch Athletics housing athletic offices, gymnasium, workout facility, locker rooms and indoor running track
  • Clare Residence Hall - also home to the Department of Residence Life and student health services
  • Assisi Residence Hall - converted into a residence hall in 2009 from the old College of Education building
  • Serra Hall - dining hall
  • Campus Center - home to the student union, bookstore, the Bean coffee shop, Dean of Students, and campus ministry offices

Other locations


Cardinal Stritch University offers more than 60 fields of study throughout four colleges, offering bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Programs are set up for traditional undergraduates, adult undergraduate, graduate, and online programs


Stritch teams, nicknamed the Wolves, compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[6] Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, track and field and volleyball; women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, track and field and volleyball.

Previously, Stritch was a member of the now-defunct Lake Michigan Conference of the NCAA Division III level and won the men's basketball championship in 1987. The men's team was also five-time National Little College Athletic Association Great Lakes District men's basketball champion from 1983 to 1987.

Stritch's men's basketball team won the NAIA Division 2 National Championship in 2013. After being ranked number one in seven straight polls, they were knocked out of the 2014 NAIA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament in the second round.

In 2016, the men's indoor track and field team accomplished a first in Stritch history with a seventh-place finish at the NAIA indoor track and field nationals.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 23, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Stritch Ring". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Tuition and Fees". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Locations & Directions – Cardinal Stritch University". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  6. ^ "About Us". Cardinal Stritch University. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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Coordinates: 43°08′24″N 87°54′36″W / 43.14000°N 87.91000°W

2013 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship was held in March at Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Missouri. The 22nd annual NAIA basketball tournament featured thirty-two teams playing in a single-elimination format. The championship game was won by Cardinal Stritch University over William Penn University by a score of 73 to 59.

Anthony Shumaker

Anthony Warren Shumaker (born 14 May 1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was born in Tucson, Arizona.

Shumaker played baseball while attending college at Cardinal Stritch University. He was drafted in the 23rd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played at the Major League level with the team in 1999. The following year, he was selected off waivers by the New York Mets and was later traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league player Juan Aracena. He would also be a member of the Chicago Cubs organization.

Bohdan Nedilsky

Bohdan V. Nedilsky (born 23 July 1967) distinguished himself early as a talented soccer player. From his selection as a teen to the United States Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program (ODP), to his collegiate recruitment by NCAA Division I Marquette University, to his formal invitation by FC Karpaty Lviv as the first American to play professional soccer in the Soviet Union, Bohdan Nedilsky's athletic career came to reflect the development of the sport of soccer for Americans on both national and international levels. Since his retirement from professional competition in 1991, Nedilsky has cultivated a different set of skills. Earning advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University he has dedicated his life to being an innovative educator, a transformational leader, and an enthusiastic partner.Born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Wisconsin, Nedilsky began playing organized soccer in Madison when he was nine years old. His first coach was his father, Sofron. The elder Nedilsky directed Bohdan on The Falcons youth team for four years before moving his family to the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale. Even before the move, Bohdan traveled weekly by bus between Madison and Milwaukee to train with the Olympic Development Program's youth soccer squad. He started as a varsity player all four years at WIAA Division I Nicolet High School (1981-1984), coached by Alex Toth, and was selected to the WIAA All State Team his junior and senior years. By the time Nedilsky was a senior he was singled out as one of the top three Wisconsin high school graduate picks for college soccer recruitment. In 1985, Nedilsky signed with Marquette University, an NCAA Division I program coached by Polish professional and US national team player Jerry Panek.

Chad Weininger

Chad Weininger (born February 2, 1972) is a Wisconsin administrator, politician and former Republican legislator from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Born in Green Bay, Weininger attended Ashwaubenon High School. He was a Green Bay Area Soap Box Derby Champion in 1983 (Junior) and 1985 (Senior). He graduated with a B.B.A. from St. Norbert College, in political science and business administration, and went on to obtain an M.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University.

Clotilde Elizabeth Brielmaier

Clotilde Elizabeth Brielmaier (March 4, 1867 – March 29, 1915), sometimes called "Lottie" Brielmaier, was a German-American religious painter, specializing in portraits and church murals. She was the daughter of the famous Milwaukee architect Erhard Brielmaier and often collaborated with her family on projects. She spent several years studying art in Munich and Rome. She is said to be the first female artist to establish her own studio in the United States, which was located in the now demolished University Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Her younger brother, architect Leo Anthony Brielmaier, founded the Clotilde Brielmaier Art Scholarship Fund at Cardinal Stritch University in 1964.

Colleges and universities of Milwaukee

Higher education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is dominated by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee on the East Side and Marquette University, located near downtown. Milwaukee is also served by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College, Concordia University Wisconsin, (the Mequon Campus), Lakeland College (the West Allis/Milwaukee Campus) collectively giving the city a full-time, degree seeking college student population exceeding approximately 70,000, the largest in Wisconsin. A January 2000 study from McGill University in Montreal ranked Milwaukee 6th in a list of U.S. and Canadian cities with the highest number of college students per 100 residents. Also serving Milwaukee-area students are local campuses of Upper Iowa University and Ottawa University, which has a campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Debi Towns

Debi Towns (born February 12, 1956) is an American Republican politician from Wisconsin.

Born in Sycamore, Illinois, Towns received her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and her doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Towns served in the Wisconsin State Assembly 2003-2007 and was defeated for reelection in 2006.

Harold J. Nevin Jr.

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Joe Bee Xiong

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John E. McCoy

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John Pederson (Minnesota politician)

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Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby (born May 3, 1965 in Rockford, Illinois) is an American novelist. She is best known for her depiction of real-life social issues written in a fictional format.

Roby is best known for her Reverend Curtis Black series', and it was only after the urging of readers that her sixth novel and second title in the series was written. This title, Too Much of a Good Thing, became her first New York Times bestselling novel.

Laura Gutiérrez

Laura Gutiérrez is a Wisconsin politician and voucher school proponent who is Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Nile Soik

Nile Warren Soik (May 2, 1923 – August 3, 2001) was an American politician, United States military officer, and educator.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Soik graduated from Riverside University High School. He then graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1945 and served in the United States Army. Soik received his master's degree in business administration from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1951 and his doctorate degree at Cornell University. Soik was a trainer in the human resource department at Allen-Bradley. He also taught at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Lakeland College, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Cardinal Stritch University. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1961-1969 as a Republican and then in the Wisconsin State Senate in 1969-1973. He died in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Rosemary Hinkfuss

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Samuel Stritch

Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (August 17, 1887 – May 27, 1958) was an American Cardinal prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1940 to 1958 and as pro-prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Propagation of the Faith from March 1958 until his death two months later. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

Shelia Stubbs

Shelia Stubbs is a former probation and parole agent from Madison, Wisconsin. She has been a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, representing a district on the south side of Madison for twelve years; she is the only African American on the board. She was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the 77th district of the Wisconsin State Assembly on August 14, 2018, ran unopposed in the November general election, and was sworn into office in January of 2019 as the first African American state legislator from Dane County.


Stritch may refer to:

Stritch (saxophone), musical instrument

Samuel Stritch (1887–1958), American cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church

Cardinal Stritch High School, Oregon, Ohio, named after him

Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, named after him

Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, USA, named after him

Elaine Stritch (1926–2014), American actress and singer, niece of Cardinal Samuel Stritch

Tamara Grigsby

Tamara D. Grigsby (November 19, 1974 – March 14, 2016) was a social worker and former university professor from Wisconsin, who served as a Democratic Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 18th Assembly District, from 2005 until 2013.

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