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Welcome to Carthage!



Celebrate! You got in!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Carthage, and welcome to the Carthage class of 2023!

Due by May 1

Send In Your Deposit

To reserve your spot in the incoming class, send your deposit by May 1. The deposit is $300, applied directly to your tuition, and is fully refundable if the refund is requested in writing before May 1. After May 1, Carthage will accept deposits on a space-available basis.

  • Exercise your passport.

    Carthage’s J-Term allows students of all majors to study abroad. “Last January, I traveled to Senegal, West Africa, on a J-Term study tour. This was an incredible, life-changing experience. Traveling abroad broadened my understanding and view of the world and the people around me. It made me a more adventurous person.” — Gabrielle Cypher ’16, social work and management major

  • Become a great thinker.

    “Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study. You’ll get individual attention in small classes. “Professors really care about their students’ success.” — Janet Haro ’18, chemistry major

  • Get your feet wet.

    And no, we’re not talking about dipping your toes in Lake Michigan. Experiential learning is a priority at Carthage, from research to internships to in-class projects. So get ready to dive into your field. “In my marketing classes we develop marketing plans for real companies and work with real marketers and business professionals. We learn on our feet and get a feel of what it’s like to work in the business world outside of the classroom.” — Nate Smith ’16, marketing and management major

  • Cheer on champions.

    Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports, and our teams regularly win championships in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. So pack your face paint and get ready to take your spot in the stands of some of the best collegiate athletic facilities around.

  • Be noticed.

    “I chose Carthage because of the guarantee of smaller class sizes. The small student-to-professor ratio allows for students to easily connect with professors and the subject area of the class, whether it is during a simple class discussion, or getting extra help outside of class.” — Jade Eckert ’17, French/Finance major

  • Fumble. Recover. Repeat.

    “Sometimes you’re not going to get every concept or theory; you’re not going to get every problem correct. The reality is you learn through mistakes, practice, and help. There are always 50 other people behind you to catch you and get you right back on track.” — Daisy Bower ’16, physics major

  • Make lifelong friends.

    “My biggest surprise so far is that the friends I have made in college feel like family to me. I was not expecting that to happen so quickly. I have noticed that the people are what make Carthage so special.” — Stephanie Zack ’16, chemistry major

    Read: 12 ways to make friends in college

  • Find your spot.

    “My favorite spot on campus is just behind Tarble Hall on the boulders that surround the beach. I love to clear my head, take a break from everything, and listen to the lake and the wind.” — Rebecca Bowen ’16, music and public relations major

    Other students share: My favorite spot on campus

  • Take your stage.

    Here at Carthage, you’ll find plenty of ways to step into the spotlight — whether that’s on the stage, in the art gallery, on the court, at a conference, or in the lab.

  • Enjoy the view.

    “I love being able to sit outside while catching up with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, and doing homework, all while looking out at the beautiful view of our back yard, Lake Michigan.” — Cami Christopulos ’16, marketing and finance major

    See more #carthageviews

  • Become … you.

    “The biggest surprise so far is how much I’ve changed as a person since coming to Carthage. The classes, the people, and the professors have allowed me to expand my perspectives. I am still in the process of figuring out my next move in life, and I know Carthage will continue to guide me in the process.” — Lorena Retana ’17, international political economy major


Visit Campus

We have many great events, including visit programs, athletics, theatre, music and so much more!

Let’s Talk Finances

More than 90% of Carthage students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants.
The average aid package at Carthage covers nearly two-thirds of total costs.
Learn more about affording college
Check out our Net Price Calculator

Next DeadlineDec 3

Apply for Scholarships

Carthage offers many competitive scholarships, including 35 Presidential Scholarships and scholarships in business, mathematics and science, modern languages, and fine arts — with awards ranging up to full tuition, room and board. Applications for most scholarships are due Dec. 3. Visit Scholarships and Grants

Next Step

File the FAFSA

We recommend that you file the FAFSA after Oct. 1 of your senior year of high school for maximum Carthage financial aid consideration. Carthage’s code is 003839. A copy of your FAFSA will be sent to Carthage after you file online so we can put together your financial aid award. Visit FAFSA on the Web


Don't be a Stranger

Your Carthage journey is just beginning, and this is an exciting time. You probably have a lot of questions about your next steps, scholarships, financial aid, advanced registration, and more.


Watch your mail and email for invitations to Carthage events.

Connect with us online: Facebook. Instagram. Twitter.

Start your countdown to move-in! New Student Check-in and Student Orientation will be held Labor Day Weekend 2019.

Stay in contact with your Admissions Representative. We're here to help!


Tell the world you got in!