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About Carthage

Recognized for Excellence

Carthage College provides a motivating environment inspiring reflection and self-discovery so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. Take a look at some of our rankings and honors below.

Rankings and Honors

  • The Princeton Review selected Carthage for its 2020 “Best in the Midwest” college feature.
  • In its 2020 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carthage No. 14 overall among Midwest Regional Colleges. We also received high marks in several subcategories: Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 1), Most Innovative Schools (No. 5), Best Undergraduate Teaching (No. 6), and Best Value Schools (No. 15).
  • Carthage is No. 3 in the country among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education.
  • Carthage was selected a College of Distinction in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 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 11 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 has been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students in four of the past five years (2015-19). Read about Carthage Fulbright winners
  • 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 was 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.

A Classic Liberal Arts Education

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.

Excellence in Athletics

  • The Carthage Athletics 2017-18 season resulted in conference championships for men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, women’s volleyball and men’s volleyball.
  • Two teams qualified for their respective NCAA Division III Tournaments in women’s volleyball and men’s volleyball. Women’s volleyball reached the 2017 NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen round.
  • Carthage hosted the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship.
  • Red Men and Lady Reds programs combined for 45 individual conference championships in 2017-18.
  • Four Carthage athletes were selected to the 2017-18 COSIDA Academic All-District Teams in 2017-18, where Brad Krueger (Men’s Track & Field) went on to become the 13th COSIDA Academic All-American in school history.
  • Mia Bennett ’18 won the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field Weight Throw National Championship. She became the fifth Lady Reds indoor athlete to win an individual national championship.
  • Seven individuals were named All-American in their respective sport in 2017-18: Austin Bitta (Men’s Soccer); Matt Reinsel, Zach Lillig, and Evan Walsh (Men’s Volleyball); Mia Bennett (Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field); and Elanta Slowek and Sarah Schmidt (Outdoor Track & Field).