Carroll is Wisconsin's first, four-year institution of higher education and today is identified as a comprehensive, liberal arts-centered, independent university organized around four major components: the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, School of Education and Human Services and the College of Health Sciences. A decade of dramatic enrollment growth, impressive fundraising, and strong fiscal management place Carroll in a very strong and enviable position on today's higher education landscape.
Located in Waukesha County, an area ranked annually as one of the most highly educated, healthiest, fastest growing, and wealthiest counties in Wisconsin. In 2018, “24/7WallSt.com” rated Waukesha the most livable city in Wisconsin and the 36th best U.S. city in which to live. It is 17 miles from Milwaukee, the state's largest city, and 60 miles from Madison to the north and 70 miles from Chicago to the south.