Carthage College provides a motivating environment inspiring reflection and self-discovery, so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. We are nationally recognized as a Tier 1 Liberal Arts College and a Best Midwestern College. Take a look at some of our rankings and honors below.
A Classic Liberal Arts Education
- Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition.
- The academic gains made by Carthage students from their freshman to senior years place Carthage among the top 20 percent nationwide of colleges and universities using the Collegiate Learning Assessment, and our seniors in the top 11 percent.
A Top Choice
- Carthage receives more applications than any other private liberal arts institution in Wisconsin.
- Carthage is among the top 10 choices for Illinois students who go out of state for college.
Rankings and Honors
- U.S. News & World Report ranks Carthage as a Tier 1 national liberal arts college.
- The Princeton Review selected Carthage for its 2019 “Best in the Midwest” college feature.
- Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. (Read about Carthage Fulbright winners)
- Carthage is No. 5 in the country among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education.
- Forbes.com ranked Carthage among the top 12 undergraduate institutions in Wisconsin.
- Carthage was selected a College of Distinction in 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 because of its ongoing commitment to student engagement, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Visit the Colleges of Distinction website.
Excellence in Academics
- For eight years straight, Carthage projects have been selected for elite NASA research initiatives like the Flight Opportunities Program — which selects cross-cutting technologies essential to the emerging commercial aerospace industry.
- Carthage is a top Fulbright producer, with five Fulbright scholars in 2015-16, four in 2016-17, and five in 2017-18.
- Carthage has the nation’s oldest undergraduate technical entrepreneurship program. Founded in 1994, the ScienceWorks program has propelled hundreds of Carthage undergraduates beyond traditional post-graduate options and into areas that are entrepreneurial or innovative in nature.
- Carthage is among the best in the country at preparing undergraduate physics students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the American Institute of Physics. Carthage is one of six programs nationwide that the AIP selected for a study on effective undergraduate physics education.
Excellence in the Fine Arts
- Carthage Theatre’s New Play Initiative brings some of the nation’s top playwrights to campus to develop original plays for Carthage students to perform. Participants have included Academy Award winner Eric Simonson, Emmy winner Rick Cleveland, and Writers’ Guild Award winner Keith Huff.
- Carthage Theatre is actively involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, from which actors, designers, and playwrights regularly receive regional or national commendation.
- Through competitive auditions, Carthage music students have been selected for exceptional young artist development programs, such as the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Rocky Ridge Music Festival, and the Open Jar Institute in New York.
- Carthage music ensembles premiere new and commissioned works, collaborating with nationally and internationally recognized composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Stacy Garrop, Patrick Long, Tom Vignieri, and Alex Shapiro.
- Carthage voice students are actively involved in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and exceptional Carthage singers frequently earn state honors in classical and music theatre voice.
Excellence in Athletics
- Teams or individuals in eight spring sports qualified for NCAA postseason competition in 2015, and two other teams won College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships.
- Carthage has had 12 academic all-Americans — most recently Nick Schmidlkofer, who was chosen 2015 Capital One/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American®. The previous year, Stephanie Kuzmanic ’14 was named Capital One Academic All-American Player of the Year for NCAA Division III.
- Trevor James ’14 won the NCAA Division III indoor championship in the high jump in 2014. He also won the outdoor title in 2012.
- Carthage’s Steve Djurickovic ’11 won the 2011 Jostens Trophy as the nation’s outstanding NCAA Division III basketball player.
- Carthage’s Isaac Rothenbaum ’11 was named the NCAA Division III Sportsman of the Year in 2009.
Excellence in Student Life
- ONE at Carthage, an organization dedicated to the global fight against AIDS and extreme poverty, won a nationwide campus challenge three straight semesters.