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Applications are currently being accepted for fall 2019 and spring 2020.

Carthage also accepts the Common Application.

We operate on a rolling admissions basis, so you can apply anytime after you complete your junior year of high school.

Questions? We’re here to help you. Contact the Office of Admissions at 262-551-6000 or 800-351-4058, or

Admission to the Undergraduate Program

First-year and transfer students usually enter in the fall semester, but applications also are considered for terms beginning in January, February, and June. Carthage operates on a rolling admission basis, and applications are reviewed as they become complete. A non-refundable application fee of $35 must accompany the application. A waiver of this fee is possible if the applicant demonstrates financial limitation and requests consideration for an exemption from the Office of Admissions.

First Year 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, and rank in class. Scores from the ACT (American College Testing Program) or the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Testing Program) are also important factors taken into consideration. Students graduating from an accredited secondary school with a strong college preparatory background are best prepared for academics at Carthage. The College recommends, but does not require, 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:

  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript
  • Official results from the SAT or the ACT standardized tests (Test Optional Policy)
    * Send all of your test scores, not just the highest composite score. Carthage “superscores” your ACT/SAT results, meaning we consider the highest sub-scores in each test section across multiple test dates. 
  • $35 application fee
  • Nursing major? There are specific nursing-specific admission requirements

Applications, transcripts, and other credentials become a part of the permanent file of Carthage and may not be returned or forwarded. Once the student has been admitted to Carthage, an advance deposit of $300 is requested to hold a place in the entering class. Submit the enrollment deposit online. 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 non-refundable for the spring and summer semesters.

Applying as a nursing student?

There are specific admission requirements for the Carthage BSN Nursing Program.
See admission requirements for the Nursing Program

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Advanced Placement Examinations, consisting of both objective and free-response sections, are administered 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, and the required score to receive college credit may vary from course to course. Entering students who wish credit for Advanced Placement must submit official results to the Office of Admissions. Carthage also awards credit for International Baccalaureate.
Review Carthage’s AP and IB policies

Transfer Students

Transfer students should submit the following when applying for admission:

  • A completed application
  • An official and final high school transcript (if less than 12 transferable college credits have been completed)
  • Official transcripts from all college level course work
  • A $35 application fee
  • Certification of Good Standing Form completed by previous/last institution 

Students considered for admission to Carthage should be in good standing with all previous or current colleges and have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale).

Carthage gives full 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 (68 credits).

Students holding an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited junior college receive automatic junior standing when they transfer to Carthage.

Credits will be transferred for courses in which grades of “C” (or its equivalent at Carthage) or above are earned. Credits which are transferred will be entered on the student’s permanent record without reference to the grade earned. Grades are not transferred; only credit is recorded, however, grades are used in computing the minimum cumulative grade point average for teacher education.

Carthage offers competitive scholarships for transfer students

International Students

Learn more about the admission process for international students

  • 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 …