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  • 14-week Semester Calendar

    FALL TERM
    September 2 Sun New students arrive and residence halls open
      4 Tues Returning and transfer students arrive
      5 Wed Classes begin
      12 Wed Last day to add or drop a 1st 7-week course
      19 Wed Last day to add or drop a 14-week course
      19 Wed Last day to petition for an overload
      19 Wed Last day turn in pass/fail/audit slips
    October 8 Mon Advising for Spring and J-Term begins
      12 Fri Last day to file for May graduation
      19 Fri Midterm grades due
      19 Fri 1st 7-week courses end
      22 Mon 2nd 7-week courses begin
      29-30 Mon-Tues Fall Break
      31 Wed Last day to withdraw from a 14-week course
      31 Wed Last day to add or drop a 2nd 7-week course
     November 1 Thurs No financial refunds after this date
      2 Fri Advising for Spring and J-Term ends
      5-9 Mon-Fri Online registration for Spring/J-Term begins
      7 Thurs Last day for complete withdrawal
      20 Tues Residence halls close at 5:00 p.m.
      21-23 Wed-Fri Thanksgiving recess
      25 Sun Residence halls open at 12:00 p.m.
      26 Mon Classes resume
     December 11 Tues Fall term ends after last class
      12-14 Wed-Fri Final exams
      14 Fri Residence halls close at 5:00 p.m.
    J-TERM
    January 8 Tues Residence halls open at 12:00 p.m.
      9 Wed Classes begin
      11 Fri Last day to add or drop J-Term
      16 Wed Last day to withdraw from J-Term
      31 Thurs J-Term ends
    SPRING TERM
    February 5 Tues Residence halls open at 12:00 p.m.
      6 Wed Classes begin
      13 Wed Last day to add or drop a 1st 7-week course
      20 Wed Last day to add or drop a 14-week course
      20 Wed Last day to petition for an overload
      20 Wed Last day to turn in pass/fail/audit slips
     March 1 Fri Residence halls close at 5:00 p.m.
      4-8 Mon-Fri Spring recess
      10 Sun Residence halls open at 12:00 p.m.
      11 Mon Classes resume
      11 Mon Advising for Fall begins
      29 Fri Midterm grades due
      29 Fri 1st 7-week courses end
    April 1 Mon 2nd 7-week courses begin
      4 Thurs Assessment Day
      8 Mon Last day to add or drop a 2nd 7-week course
      9 Tues Last day to withdraw from a 14-week course
      12 Fri Advising for Fall ends
      12 Fri No financial refunds after this date
      15-18 Mon-Thurs Online registration for Fall begins
      17 Wed Last day for a complete withdrawal
      19-22 Fri-Mon Easter Break
      23 Tues Classes resume
     May 17 Fri Spring term ends
      20-22 Mon-Wed Final exams
      22 Wed Residence halls close 5:00 p.m.
      26 Sun Commencement
      26 Sun Residence halls close for graduates 5:00 p.m.

    Adult Education Calendar

    Fall I Term: September 4 - October 18
    August 27   Last day to add a course
    September 14   Last day to drop a course
    September 28   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
    Fall II Term: October 22 - December 13
    October 15   Last day to add a course
    November 2   Last day to drop a course
    November 16   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
    Winter Term (2 Days/Week): January 7 - January 29
    December 31   Last day to add a course
    January 11   Last day to drop a course
    January 18   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
    Spring I Term: February 4 - March 21
    January 28   Last day to add a course
    February 15   Last day to drop a course
    March 1   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
    Spring II Term: April 1 - May 16
    March 25   Last day to add a course
    April 12   Last day to drop a course
    April 26   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
    Summer I Term: May 28 - July 11
    May 20   Last day to add a course
    June 7   Last day to drop a course
    June 21   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
    Summer II Term: July 15 - August 29
    July 8   Last day to add a course
    July 26   Last day to drop a course
    August 9   Last day to withdraw from a course
     
  • 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 …

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