Pioneering for 175 Years

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As the first institution of higher learning in Wisconsin, Carroll University’s legacy is a steady parade of innovation, exploration and discovery. From 1846 forward, the transformative Carroll experience has shaped tens of thousands of students. Our incredible alumni/ae continue to make an impact on their communities and in the lives of others. They stand up against injustice and explore our shared humanity through faith, the arts, leading businesses, teaching children and adults, caring for the sick and protecting the environment. Join us as we mark 175 years of Pioneering.

Pioneers Achieve
175 Years

Of Stories


Each and every one of our graduates has a story to tell. Join us as we shine a spotlight on the bright lives and inspiring accomplishments of a few Carroll alumni. 

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Pioneers Celebrate
Alumni

Our network of over 23,000 living alumni stretches across all 50 states and around the world. Come home, your Carroll family is waiting.

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Historical Timeline

Carroll University was chartered in 1846, before Wisconsin became a state. Here is a quick look back at our first 175 years of milestones, innovations and progress.

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About Carroll

A true Wisconsin Pioneer, Carroll today offers more than 95 areas of study in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Business and the School of Education and Human Services – all grounded in the liberal arts tradition. 

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Strategic Plan

Pioneer Driven: Carroll University’s New Vision for Distinction is a strategic plan that charts an ambitious and dynamic course forward: one characterized by innovation and entrepreneurship—and fueled by the dedication and drive of today’s Pioneers.

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