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Student Affairs

  • Student Affairs

    The Division of Student Affairs provides support services and facilitates developmental opportunities for students outside of the classroom. This is implemented by the functional area units within the division, which include Dean of Students, Student Conduct, Residential Life, Student Involvement (Student Activities; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Community Service; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs; and Leadership Development), Health and Counseling, the Center for Faith and Spirituality, and the Center for Student Success. Below are more detailed descriptions of some of the programs and services provided by each area:

    Dean of Students Office

    The Dean of Students Office serves as the central office for the division and facilitates numerous operational activities for students while they are enrolled at Carthage. The office provides student and voter identification cards, records verification, and official notices of family emergency or loss. The Dean of Students team facilitates the New Student Orientation program that occurs each fall for incoming students, advises Student Government, approves student organization marketing materials, and maintains the Community Code. In addition, the office provides Title IX education and support, and general assistance for students experiencing a struggle during their collegiate career. The office is located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC) in Suite 100.

    Student Conduct

    The Community Code comprises the College’s policies, guidelines, and standards for community living and campus life for all students. The Community Code is maintained on the college website ( All students are expected to know and live up to the Community Code. Alleged violations of community standards are handled by the Associate Dean of Students with the assistance of hearing officers (Residential Life professional staff members) and hearing panels made up of faculty and staff. The student conduct team also provides prevention education about alcohol and other drugs and Title IX issues.

    Residential Life

    The best collegiate experience is one where the curriculum and the cocurriculum are seamlessly integrated. With this value in mind, full-time undergraduate students will be required to live in the residence halls and be enrolled in a meal plan until they attain senior standing, in accordance with the College’s residency requirement policy.

    Residential Life facilitates the student housing process and residential education program. The Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life leads five professional staff who supervise paraprofessional student staff (Senior Resident Assistants and Resident Assistants). Residential Life programming includes one-on-one connection opportunities with students and staff, faculty-in-hall programs, and other education and social engagement opportunities. In addition, all Residential Life staff serve as a resource to residents, uphold community standards, and are first responders in a crisis. The staff offices are located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC) and in the lower level of Madrigrano Family Residence Hall.

    Student Involvement

    It is important for students to engage with their peers and connect to the College, and the Office of Student Involvement provides an array of ways to do both. Located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC), it is the place to go to find out what’s happening on campus. Read further to learn more about the specific areas of engagement that Student Involvement staff support:

    Student Activities

    There are more than 120 student clubs and organizations on campus. These groups receive financial support from Student Government and training and development support from the Office of Student Involvement. The Carthage Activities Board (CAB) is the primary social programming body on campus, holding more than 45 events each semester. CAB and the Office of Student Involvement provide significant programming for major campus events, such as New Student Orientation, Kick Off Days, Homecoming, and Family Weekend. To see a full list of current clubs and organizations, visit

    Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Carthage has both national and local fraternity and sorority chapters that engage in academic, leadership, and personal development for their members. The fraternity and sorority community is very active in community service and philanthropy, both on campus and in Kenosha and Racine. At Carthage, students may join a fraternity or sorority after completing a minimum of one semester and achieving a minimum grade point average.

    Community Service

    Community service is rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Carthage College, and service is an important part of campus life. Many of Carthage’s clubs and organizations have specific missions focused on service; others engage in community service regularly.

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs are important to Carthage College. Student Involvement staff collaborate with many of the cultural and underrepresented student identity-based organizations to help them fulfill their missions. In addition, they facilitate a number of programs and training opportunities on topics of diversity and inclusion.

    Leadership Development

    Leadership development is facilitated through experiential learning programs on and off campus. These programs help students learn more about their talents and skills for working with others to achieve common goals for positive change. The Student Involvement staff coordinate and facilitate club and organization training, experiential learning programs, and recognition programs for student leaders.

    Health and Counseling Center

    Located in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (TARC), the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) provides short-term and crisis counseling and limited clinical health services to all full-time undergraduate students. The HCC is staffed by licensed professionals. In addition, a local physician provides care to our student community one day a week; the physician services are billed through the student’s medical insurance. The Campus Nurse assists with referrals to medical providers. Limited testing and over-the-counter medications are available at no cost. Educational programming to the Carthage community is provided for mental and physical health, as well as sexual violence awareness and prevention.

    The Health and Counseling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for clinical service during Fall, January, and Spring semesters. Hours vary when classes are not in session and during the summer. Health services primarily operate on a walk-in basis, but a small number of appointments are available daily. Counseling services are primarily appointment-based, but daily walk-in services are offered each afternoon. Students visiting the center should bring their college ID and medical insurance card.

    Center for Faith and Spirituality

    Led by the Campus Pastor, the Center for Faith and Spirituality provides support for students as they explore their individual faith journey, and offers regular programming and support for the spiritual lives of all students regardless of their individual faith tradition. The Campus Pastor is available for spiritual support when a rabbi, priest, pastor, or imam is not locally available.

    The Center for Faith and Spirituality is located in the A. F. Siebert Chapel, which is the symbol and hub of spiritual life on campus, but a significant amount of the center’s programs and services are provided across campus or in one of the three small chapels on campus. A team of paraprofessional student staff members and clubs assist with programs.

    A service based in the Lutheran tradition with communion is held on Sunday afternoons. A Roman Catholic lay minister serves as a resource to students and arranges for Sunday evening celebrations of Mass.

    Center for Student Success

    The professional staff in the Center for Student Success provide an array of support aimed at Carthage’s newest students. First-Year Advisors serve as academic advisors for all first-time freshmen and transfer students during their first year at Carthage. Advisors provide a foundation for new students’ academic experience through a seven-week course titled College Success Seminar, and provide students with significant assistance and support throughout the first year. In addition, the Center for Student Success leads a peer coaching program that aligns upper-class student peer coaches with each section of the College Success Seminar.

    While much of the work done by the Center for Student Success focuses on first-year students’ success and retention, the team is significantly involved in supporting prospective students during the admissions process. The Center for Student Success is located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC) in Suite 100.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing 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 more than 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 students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. 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,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 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 Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. 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.

    • 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 …