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  • Admission to Carthage

    Carthage offers educational opportunities for full-time or part-time students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students interested in full-time, undergraduate study may obtain more information and an application by calling the Office of Admissions at 262-551-6000 or 800-351-4058, or by contacting the office in person, by mail, or email:

    Office of Admissions
    Carthage College
    2001 Alford Park Drive
    Kenosha, WI 53140-1994

    Students interested in part-time or graduate study should contact the Office of Continuing Studies at 800-551-5343 or 262-551-6300.

    Carthage welcomes students of all races and religious preferences.

    Students considering Carthage are encouraged to visit the campus. The Carthage Office of Admissions is open year-round, Monday through Friday, with group visit days on most Saturdays during the school year. Reservations are recommended. These visits include a student-led campus tour and a meeting with an admissions and financial aid representative. If prearranged, your visit also may include meetings with professors and coaches, or an opportunity to observe a class.

    Admission to the Undergraduate Program

    Freshmen and transfer students usually enter in the Fall term, but applications also are considered for terms beginning in January, February, and June. The College operates on a year-round calendar and accepts applications on a rolling admission basis. Applications are  reviewed upon completion. High school seniors who wish to enter Carthage during the Fall term are strongly encouraged to apply by December of their senior year. A nonrefundable application fee of $35 must accompany the application. A waiver of this fee is possible if the applicant demonstrates financial limitation and submits the College Board application fee waiver, usually sent by the student’s high school guidance office. The application fee also is waived for children and grandchildren of Carthage alumni.

  • Freshman Entrance Requirements

    During the evaluation process, admissions representatives consider all aspects of a student’s academic background. Primary emphasis focuses on the secondary school record, including the number and nature of courses completed, grade point average in academic courses, rank in class, and scores from the ACT (American College Testing program) or the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Testing program). Carthage will accept these scores from your official high school transcript.

    Students graduating from an accredited secondary school with a strong college preparatory background are best prepared for academics at Carthage. The College strongly recommends that students complete a minimum of 16 academic units in high school, including English, foreign language, science, mathematics, and social studies.

    High school students should submit the following when applying for admission: (1) a completed application, (2) an official high school transcript, (3) official results from the SAT or ACT program, and (4) a $35 application fee.

    Students seeking acceptance to the Nursing program will require an essay and interview.

    All freshman applicants are encouraged to apply by December 3 of their senior year in high school.

  • Test Optional Policy

    Students who believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements can choose to be considered as test optional in the admissions process.

    This policy aligns with our admissions philosophy of holistic review and aligns with the College’s strategic plan on access.  Standardized testing is not always the strongest indicator for successful performance in college.  We look at the student’s high school performance through grades and strength in their course work.

    Who is required to submit test scores?

    The following applicants must submit SAT/ACT scores:

    • Applicants to the direct entry Carthage Nursing Program
    • Applicants who are homeschooled
    • International students for whom English is not their native language (TOEFL results or SAT/ACT required)
    • Students who wish to be considered for our competitive scholarship programs (Presidential, Business, Modern Language, Math/Science Scholarship Program)

    We ask that you submit a graded paper from your junior or senior year of high school and complete an admission interview with a member of the admissions staff.  Please contact the Office of Admissions directly at 262-551-6000 or

  • Early Review/Early Notification (EREN) Program

    Students who have completed three years of high school may apply early for admission under the EREN program. Applicants whose applications are received by mid-July are notified of their admission status in late September.  All applications received by October 15 are treated equally.

    Applications, transcripts, and other credentials become part of the permanent file of the College and may not be returned or forwarded.

    Once a student has been admitted to Carthage, an advance payment of $300 is requested to hold a place in the entering class. For students starting in the Fall term, this deposit is completely refundable up to May 1 of the initial year of attendance. The deposit is nonrefundable after November 1 for the Spring Term and Summer Sessions.

  • Early Admission

    It is possible for a student to be accepted for admission to Carthage after completing secondary school in three years. On the basis of outstanding academic achievement, a student may be admitted to the College in lieu of completing the senior year of secondary school.

    Additional information may be obtained from the high school guidance office or by contacting the Office of Admissions.

  • Advanced Placement

    A maximum of 32 credit hours of alternative credit may be counted toward graduation. This includes IB, AP, and CLEP. No credit will be awarded for Subsidiary level examinations. For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions.

    Advanced Placement Courses and Carthage Policy

    Advanced Placement Examinations, consisting of both objective and free response sections, are administered by the College Board to students who have completed college-level Advanced Placement courses in high school. A score of 1 through 5 is assigned by a group of evaluators based on the score for the objective section and review of the free response questions. Carthage awards credit in recognition of scores 3 through 5. Entering students who wish credit for Advanced Placement must submit official results to the Office of the Registrar.

    All Advanced Placement courses are subject to departmental review of scores and/or booklet before credits are awarded. AP scores must be 3 or above to receive Carthage credit, unless a higher score requirement is specified below.

    Art History: ARH 2701 Art Survey II with a score of 4 or 5 (4 cr.)

    Biology: BIO 1010 Concepts in Biology (4 cr.)

    Calculus AB: MTH 1120 Calculus I with score of 4 or 5 (4 cr.)

    Calculus BC: 4 credits in Math 1120 Calculus I with a score of 4; see department chair to discuss credits for Math 1220 Calculus II. 8 credits in Math 1120 Calculus I and Math 1220 Calculus II with a score of 5.

    Chemistry: 4 credits in CHM 1010 General Chemistry I with score of 3 or 4. 8 credits in CHM 1010 General Chemistry I and CHM 1020 General Chemistry II with score of 5.

    Computer Science A: CSC 1810 Principles of Computer Science I (4 cr.)

    Macroeconomics: ECN 1020 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 cr.)

    Microeconomics: ECN 1010 Principles of Microeconomics (4 cr.)

    English Language:  Elective (4 cr.)

    English Literature: ENG 1060 Interpreting Literature (4 cr.)

    Environmental Science: GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 cr.)

    European History: HIS 1120 Issues in European History II (4 cr.)

    French Language/Literature: Placement indicator at Carthage College required.

    German Language: Placement indicator at Carthage College required.

    Government and Politics (Comparative): POL 1030 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4 cr.)

    Government and Politics (U.S.): POL 2400 American Government: National, State, and Local (4 cr.)

    Human Geography: GEO 1500 Human Geography: An Introduction (4 cr.)

    Latin: Placement indicator at Carthage College required.

    Music Theory (Aural): Elective (1 cr.)

    Music Theory (Non-Aural): Elective (3 cr.)

    Physics 1, Algebra Based: PHY 1200 Fundamentals of Physics (LAB). Score of 4 or 5 required.

    Physics 2, Algebra Based: PHY 1200 Fundamentals of Physics (LAB). Score of 4 or 5 required.  If a score of 4 is received in both Physics 1 and 2, credit will also be given for PHY 2100 Physics I (LAB).

    Physics C (Electricity/Magnetism): 8 credits in PHY 1200 Fundamentals of Physics (LAB) and PHY 2200 General Physics I (LAB). Score of 4 or 5 required.

    Physics C (Mechanics): PHY 1200 Fundamentals of Physics (LAB). Score of 4 or 5 required.

    Psychology: PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science with score of 4 or 5 (4 cr.)

    Spanish Language/Literature: Placement exam at Carthage College required.

    Statistics: MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (4 cr.)

    Studio Art/Drawing: Submit scores and booklet for departmental review. Score of 4 or 5 required.

    U.S. History: HIS 1000 Issues in American History (4 cr.)

    World History: Asian History Elective (4 cr.) and credit for Global Heritage (GH)

    International Baccalaureate

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognized program that enables students to follow a special curriculum and take specific examinations to fulfill secondary school graduation requirements. The IB diploma program is recognized by Carthage for purposes of admission, course credit, and advanced standing or placement. These examinations are given in high schools that have the IB program. Credit is based on a review of the candidate’s IB program. Credit may be given for scores of 4 or higher in selected higher level examinations.

  • GED Applicants

    Students having completed the Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) program must provide evidence of their achievement by submitting an official copy of the GED certificate that includes the score. The certificate must be provided in addition to a transcript of the applicant’s high school grades.

  • International Students

    In addition to submitting the application and official copy of secondary school transcripts, international students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language, by completing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), SAT, ACT, or IELTS. Students who meet academic requirements but who do not have the English Language proficiency may be eligible for conditional admission to Carthage College. Upon successful completion of a required course work at an ESL Language Center, students may enroll as degree-seeking students. Preference is given to international students who score at least 78 on the TOEFL-IBT, a 6 on the IELTS, or have completed 112 at an ESL Language Center. For secondary school transcripts in a language other than English, English language translation is required. A nonrefundable fee of $40 must accompany the application. The I-20 form is issued once a student has been admitted to the College and has paid the $300 advance payment. Students who have taken courses at an institution that is not on the American system will need to have their transcripts evaluated by an accredited agency such as ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). The College will use that evaluation to make an admissions decision.

  • Transfer Students

    A student who has completed course work at other collegiate institutions is welcome to transfer to Carthage. Students wishing to transfer college credits to Carthage may do so by contacting the appropriate office. Students wishing to take 12 or more credits in the term should contact the Office of Admissions. Students wishing to take 11 or fewer credits in the term should contact the Office of Continuing Studies. After admission and acceptance to the College, official evaluations will be completed by the registrar’s office only when official transcripts from all previously attended collegiate institutions are received.

    Transfer students planning to enroll full-time (12 or more credits) should submit the following to the Office of Admissions: (1) a completed application, (2) an official and final high school transcript, (3) official transcripts from all college-level course work and each previously attended college/university, (4) the $35 application fee, and (5) Admission with Advance Standing Form.

    Students considered for transfer admission to Carthage should be in good standing with all previous or current colleges and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

    Carthage gives appropriate value to transcripts and records from institutions accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and similar regional associations when comparable courses or areas are taught at Carthage.

    Credits from a junior college cannot be transferred if earned after a student has accumulated half of the number of credits needed for a bachelor’s degree at Carthage (69 credits). Students holding an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited junior college receive up to the earned number of credits completed in the Associate of Arts degree.

    Credits will be transferable for courses in which grades of C- (or its equivalent at Carthage) or above are earned. Credits transferred will be entered on the student’s permanent record without reference to the grade earned. Grades are not transferred. Grades from all attended institutions are used in computing the cumulative grade point average for teacher education.

  • Application Procedures for Part-time Students

    Prospective students considering part-time study (fewer than 12 credits) may choose from a variety of day or evening courses. Full-time students apply through the Office of Admissions. Part-time students apply through the Office of Continuing Studies.

    Degree Seeking: All part-time students interested in earning an undergraduate degree must apply for degree status. To apply for degree status, submit an application for part-time enrollment, a nonrefundable $10 application fee, and official college transcripts of all prior college course work. Students who have never attended college must submit official high school transcripts.

    Nondegree Seeking: Applicants who do not plan to earn a degree but wish to take courses for personal or professional enrichment should apply for nondegree status. To apply for nondegree status, submit an application and the nonrefundable $10 application fee. High school/college transcripts are not required.

  • Admission to the Graduate Program

    Applicants to the Master of Education or Advanced Licensure programs are considered throughout the year, with matriculation occurring in Summer, Fall, January, or Spring Term. Qualifications for admissions include successful completion of a bachelor’s degree, employment in a profession that is educational in nature, and a grade point average indicating capacity for graduate study. Each applicant must submit an application and personal statement, official transcripts of all college work, proof of a valid teaching license, two letters of recommendation, and possible interview with the director of the Graduate Program. A nonrefundable application fee of $35 must accompany the application.

    Applicants to the Master of Science (MSc) in Business Design and Innovation are considered throughout the year to seat the Fall cohort. Qualifications for admissions include successful completion of a bachelor’s degree and a grade point average indicating capacity for graduate study. Each applicant must submit an application and personal statement, official transcripts of all college work, two letters of recommendation, and have an interview with the program director. A nonrefundable application fee of $35 must accompany the application.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • 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. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …