WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University will welcome almost 1,000 new students when classes begin Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The new students include 819 freshmen and 176 transfer students.
Full-time undergraduate enrollment will be about 2,830. Total enrollment, including part-time and graduate students, will be about 3,440.
The 819 freshmen constitute the largest freshman class in Carroll history.
"We are well aware that the economy remains a difficult issue for many families,” said Dr. Douglas N. Hastad, Carroll president. "Still, Carroll remains the university of choice for many students who value what Carroll has to offer – excellent and expanding academic programs, the ability to graduate in four years, the personal attention of a small college atmosphere, outstanding financial aid and a beautiful campus in a historic and welcoming community."
Despite the somewhat wobbly economy, Carroll has continued to make improvements to its campus. This year, the university:
- Opened the new 231-bed Frontier Hall, built and owned by Waukesha developers Bill and Alan Huelsman.
- Is nearly finished with several grounds renovation projects – a major one that will create a plaza between Otteson Theater, Shattuck Music Center and Van Male Field House, and smaller ones at the northeast and northwest corners of East and College avenues.
- Renovated a historic home at 202 College Ave. that will house mathematics faculty. A home at 209 Wright St. is being renovated for offices and will open soon.
- Renovated a portion of the first floor of the Campus Center for the Pioneer Shop, which offers Carroll apparel to students, alumni and the community.
New students will be officially welcomed to Carroll at its annual Opening Convocation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. They will be led by a single piper from the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipe Band in Carroll’s traditional march to the Shattuck Music Center, where they will be greeted by faculty in academic regalia.