Carroll University, often called Wisconsin's pioneer college, is the first four-year institution of higher education in the state. We trace our history all the way back to the founding of Prairieville Academy in 1841. The university was chartered by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature on January 31, 1846—two years before Wisconsin became a state.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer? It means being part of a rich history and tradition that continue to shape our campus community. It’s engaging in the spirit of exploration and discovery that began with our founders. Pioneers are eager to know more about the world they live in and how they will make their mark by contributing a fresh perspective. At Carroll, we live by a set of values that leads us to strive for excellence, stretch past boundaries, and treat those we meet with respect, kindness and dignity.
Carroll University’s grants and research team works collaboratively with faculty and staff to secure government-funded grants that support a variety of pioneering campus initiatives. Carroll is consistently recognized as an innovative leader in higher education as evidenced by some of our most recent awards.
Career Services offers resources for students at every point of their career journey. Whether it’s a first-year student curious about what careers are associated with a particular major or a senior interested in meeting with recruiters and building a résumé, our team of experts is here to provide support and guidance.
The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards
Carroll University’s Office of Student Success helps students stay on the right track, thrive during their time here and succeed at their academic and personal goals. We work with students facing a wide variety of challenges that may be obstacles to their success at Carroll. Whether it’s working one-to-one with the professionals in our office, or identifying other resources as appropriate, all students can benefit from our services and the personal attention and care we provide.
On-campus living is part of the Pioneer journey—it’s where you’ll make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Staying up late, talking, studying and laughing. Binging on Netflix and video games. Challenging your roomies to board game tournaments. Discovering 50 ways to make ramen noodles. From traditional residence halls to suite-style units and apartments, Carroll has the perfect place for you to call home. All full-time students are required to live on campus until attaining senior status, with limited exceptions.
The Todd Wehr Memorial Library offers a bundle of integrated services aimed at student academic success. These services range from our collection of books and e-books tailored to the Carroll curriculum to online databases that allow Carroll’s students access to more than 100,000 journals from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Carroll’s Student Health Services offers convenient, affordable and professional health care right on campus. Our Wright Street office is staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners and a certified medical assistant. Our goal is to educate and involve students in making informed decisions that lead to healthy outcomes.
Pioneers are always on the lookout for their next big adventure. At Carroll, it’s right around every corner. No matter what your interest, there’s a way to get involved, make friends, pursue your current passion or discover something new. You’ll find you’ve joined a warm, welcoming and supportive community.
You’ll need to pack the orange paint, because it’s time to get your game face on. Whether you want to crush the competition on the playing field or show your support from the stands, be ready to bring your 'A' game when it comes to Pioneer spirit. Carroll is home to 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams and competes in the nationally-recognized College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Go Pios!
Pioneers participate, and Carroll makes it easy to explore your interests and discover new ones with more than 45 student organizations. Joining a student organization is a great way to make friends and get connected to campus life. How will you get involved? Whether you’re interested in student government, acting, fraternity and sorority life, a capella singing, outdoor activities and more, we’ve got a place for you. Ideas for new student organizations are always welcome!
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