Carroll University Named A 2022-23 College Of Distinction

Author: Kelly Gehringer

Published Date: 9/6/2022

Categories: Academics University News

Carroll University has been recognized for its honorable commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a national guide for college-bound students. Carroll has been named a 2022-23 College of Distinction and a Wisconsin College of Distinction.  

Aside from overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards Carroll for academic excellence in the areas of business, education, nursing, career development and military support. More information about the badges that Carroll has earned this year: 

  • Business: Offers accreditation, breadth of program, advising and mentoring, integration of career services and successful outcomes for students. 
  • Education: Offers stability, practical experiences, advising and mentoring, high-impact practices and successful outcomes for students. 
  • Nursing: Offers accreditation, hands-on experiences, high-mastery rates, integration of the liberal arts and successful outcomes for students. 
  • Career Development: Offers a comprehensive four-year plan, advising and is well-equipped to help students graduate with confidence. 
  • Military Support: Ensures that military students are supported both personally and academically to achieve success. 

“I am proud of our talented students, faculty and staff, who worked incredibly hard to become a Wisconsin College of Distinction,” said President Cindy Gnadinger. “The variety of honors Carroll received is a testament to our high-caliber programs and commitment to excellence.”  

Colleges of Distinction believes that a thorough selection process requires more than an overview of institutional data, statistics and size of endowment. Instead, the selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.  

These principles are all informed by the high-impact practices to prioritize the ways that institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized college experience both inside and outside of the classroom.  

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”  

Carroll’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success. The effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes were the kinds of engaging experiences found at Carroll. 

To learn more about the innovative learning experiences that Carroll offers, visit

Colleges of Distinction 
Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit  

Carroll University   
Carroll University was incorporated in 1846, making it Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning. Situated in Waukesha, the independent, co-educational comprehensive university is grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and offers more than 95 areas of study, multiple graduate programs and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. For more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Panoramic View of campus