Waukesha

Location is everything, and we’ve got it all right in our backyard. Carroll is part of a safe, historic neighborhood just blocks from downtown Waukesha, Wis., putting you within walking distance of everything you want to do. Whether you’re looking to kick back and study in one of the local coffee shops, bike along the riverfront, browse for vintage vinyl or get your brunch on at a rooftop restaurant, it’s all here at your doorstep. If the great outdoors is more your style, grab your gear. We’re close to bike and hiking trails, nature centers, beaches, public parks, rivers and lakes.

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Waukesha Rocks

Waukesha was recently designated #8 on the list of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” from 24/7 Wall Street. Here are some Waukesha favorites to check out to help you get to know your new home:

LOCAL EATS

Student favorites include People’s Park, Rochester Deli, La Estacion, Pat's Ribs and more. One spot you cannot miss—Jimmy’s Grotto for the famous ponza rotta!

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Farmers market every Saturday morning from May to October
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Grab a coffee or sweet treat at Divino Gelato, AllĂ´! Chocolat and Periwinkle's bakery
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GUITAR TOWN

Waukesha is the birthplace of the legendary music pioneer, Les Paul. Take a downtown walking tour and check out the murals and guitar art installations.

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Further Afield

Pioneers love to explore. We know that. That's why we organize and provide transportation for several outings throughout the academic year. Students are also encouraged to explore their surroundings on their own terms. 

BRIGHT LIGHTS. BIG CITY.

We’ve got that, too. We’re just a short drive or bus trip from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city. There’s plenty to discover, from the amazing Milwaukee Art Museum to the nation’s oldest bowling alley. Professional sports teams, dozens of performing arts groups, shopping, river cruises, beaches, festivals and cultural events are just a few of the adventures that await you.

Explore Milwaukee

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Madison, Wis.

Hop in a car and visit Wisconsin's state capitol, Madison, one hour west. Discover loads of Wisconsin history and immerse yourself in a great food and culture scene.

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Chicago, Ill.

The nation's third largest city, Chicago, is just under two hours away by car. World-class architecture, food, museums and more await your pioneering spirit.

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