Starting a college search is never easy. Starting a college search during a public health crisis, now that’s a challenge! Fortunately, it’s a challenge you can rise to meet. And all of us at Carthage are here to help you.
At Carthage, we strive to make the admissions process easy to understand, so you can focus your attention on making the right decision for you. During this difficult time of COVID-19, we’re taking even more steps to help our students and families:
- We’re offering numerous ways to visit Carthage every month. Join a live information session to learn more about Carthage, or register for an individual campus visit.
- Our Admissions counselors are available for individual conversations at a time that’s convenient for you. Learn more about visiting Carthage at www.carthage.edu/visit.
Students entering Carthage in Fall 2021 will NOT need to submit ACT/SAT scores. Carthage College will not require standardized test scores for admission given the significant disruption students are facing caused by COVID-19. The change takes effect for all students applying for fall 2021. Students will have the option of submitting scores if they wish. Just submit your high school transcript. You will be considered for admissions and all Carthage scholarships, including our competitive scholarships.
“This is an exceptionally difficult time for high school students across the country,” says Ashley Hanson, associate vice president for enrollment at Carthage. “We want to reassure students and families that we understand the many challenges they are facing. Each student is going to be impacted by this in unique ways, and we’re here to help you.
“This crisis has disrupted your studies, sports, extracurricular activities, fine arts performances, volunteer work, and so many other things that you are passionate about. We want to help ease your worries right now, not add to them. So don’t let concerns about college add to your stress. Instead, be excited for the future that awaits you!”
You can still start your college search — even when you can’t leave your house. Here are some FAQs about getting started, the application process, and more:
The College Search
How has this public health crisis changed the college search process? Should I be doing something different?
Many steps in the college search process have not changed. Start by asking yourself what kind of school you are looking for:
- What kind of classroom environment is right for you?
- What subjects are you passionate about now? What subjects are you hoping to explore further?
- Do you have an intended major? (It’s OK if you don’t!)
- What kind of relationships do you want with faculty?
- What activities are important to you outside of the classroom? i.e. sports, clubs, choir, community service, cafes, museums, and more.
Then start researching colleges using college websites. For more information, check out 10 Steps to Carthage — our guide to what happens between now and your first day as a college student. Our Admissions Representatives are here to help at every step, so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-351-4058 with any questions.
The important thing is to start the process now, like you normally would. Think of it as a way to look forward! We all need good news right now, and you’ve worked hard to get here. It’s OK — and healthy — to let yourself be excited.
What are the different options to visit Carthage right now?
There are so many ways to visit Carthage right now! You can set up an individual meeting in person; by phone; or through Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. You can attend one of our virtual information sessions. You can explore Carthage through our virtual tour www.carthage.edu/tour.
Can I meet with a professor, coach, or a current student?
Yes! We would love to set up a one-on-one meeting with a professor, coach, or even a current student. Simply give us a call in the Office of Admissions to set up a time that works best for you.
As a high school junior, when I can apply to Carthage?
You can submit your application for admission beginning in June!
If I apply and I am admitted, do I have to attend Carthage?
No. Our application is non-binding. Our offer of admission is guaranteed through May 1.
My school is on break, and I can’t get transcripts or letters of recommendation sent this summer. Can I still apply now?
Definitely! Go ahead and send in your application now! You can send us unofficial transcripts for admission purposes. Letters of recommendation are not required, though they will be added to your file if you send them later.
I have not been able to take the ACT or SAT. Can I still apply in June?
Yes! For Fall 2021, Carthage is moving to fully test-optional, meaning we will review your application based off your high school transcripts.
What if I do want to submit test scores?
You are more than welcome to submit test scores, though not required. We do accept self-reported test scores for admissions purposes. Upon enrollment you would need to provide official test scores. You can list your scores on the application, or submit your test scores online at carthage.edu/test-form.
Why should I consider applying to Carthage in the summer?
You’ll find out your admissions status and learn about scholarships at Carthage before most of your friends even start applying to colleges. If you apply now and submit your transcripts, you should hear back from us early in your senior year.
I didn’t see any essay prompt. What should I write about?
Essays are not required (except for students applying to our Nursing program).
Scholarships and Financial Aid
My family has questions in regards to scholarships and financial aid. Who can help me?
Your admissions director is the person that will work with you and your family throughout the financial aid process, which is typically the most important part of the college search process. Please reach out to the Office of Admissions to set up your one on one conversation. You can see all of the scholarships available at Carthage by visiting www.carthage.edu/scholarships.
My family’s financial situation is really uncertain right now. What should I do?
We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting our families in many different ways, including financially. In Fall 2019, Carthage lowered our tuition by 30%, while still offering substantial financial aid. We encourage students and families with concerns about affording Carthage to speak to your admissions director. He or she can tell you about Carthage’s many scholarships and other support. Contact us at email@example.com or 800-351-4058 with any questions.