Non Degree Students

Begin Your Mission at Stritch

Cardinal Stritch University is rooted in the liberal arts tradition, transforming lives and communities through servant leadership, learning, and service. We are guided by the Catholic, Franciscan values of creating a caring community, peacemaking, showing compassion, and reverencing creation as we embrace and cultivate the diversity of all of God’s creation.

Students with diverse faith and cultural backgrounds are invited to embrace and live our core Franciscan values of creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing creation and making peace. With more than 38,000 alumni, our graduates are known for their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Through education, academic support, mentoring, and career opportunities, we help students find their mission in life.

Cardinal Stritch University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in four different colleges: College of Arts and SciencesCollege of Business and Management, College of Education and Leadership, and the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

In addition to our full-time faculty members, our adjunct faculty remain practitioners in their fields and provide highly skilled instruction. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 10-to-1.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate: Complete an application form prior to each semester of enrollment, submit a copy of high school transcripts, and return the completed high school release form signed by the principal or guidance counselor. Students who have a high school diploma or GED are not required to submit additional documentation.
  • Graduate: All non-degree seeking students are required to complete an application form prior to each semester of enrollment. 

Application and Course Details

Students are asked to submit an online application prior to enrolling as a non-degree seeking student. Prospective applicants are encouraged to check the availability of desired courses before completing the application. Review the course schedule.


Non-degree seeking students are required to meet all prerequisites. Students should refer to the catalog or semester course schedule to determine if there are prerequisites for the course(s) in which they intend to enroll. 

Credit and Audit Guidelines

Non-degree seeking students may not register for more than 9 credits in a term. This includes any combination of audit and credit courses. Students may not change from audit to credit status during the semester. Tuition for auditing a course is 50% of the current per-credit tuition.

Non-degree Seeking Student Status

  • Personal or professional enrichment students may continue as a non-degree seeking student indefinitely without applying for formal admission to a degree program.
  • Potential degree-seeking students are limited to a total of two (2) semesters in this category. If the student wants to continue taking courses at Stritch, he/she will need to complete an application for admission and submit the necessary documents for admission.
  • Students seeking credit to transfer are those who are taking courses at Stritch which they will apply toward a degree from another institution of post-secondary education.

Enrollment Partnerships

At Stritch we believe in the pursuit of community engaged academic excellence through collaboration and mutually beneficial partnerships that build stronger and more caring individuals, organizations, and communities that together serve the greater good for all. Stritch has 10 Enrollment Partners including Aurora HealthcareCatholic Financial Life, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee where there is recognition of the value that a Stritch education can have for employees and stakeholders’ professional and personal growth.

We Help You Succeed

In college, you define yourself as an individual and as a member of the communities in which you serve. The people you meet at Stritch are here to help you succeed and help you feel right at home.

We're currently accepting applications. For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822, ext. 4040, or apply online now!

A Note About Financial Aid

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal, state, or institutional financial aid. Students seeking credit to transfer may be eligible for assistance from the other institution they are attending. They should inquire with that institution's financial aid office. 

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