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Come Visit Us

Some things you just have to see for yourself.
Carthage encourages all interested students and families to set up a time to visit Carthage. Check out the options below and schedule your visit! Questions? Contact our Admissions Office at 800-351-4058 or email admissions@carthage.edu.


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Individual Visits

Visit on a day that’s convenient for you, and we can build a visit experience that meets your needs. Individual visits include a student-led tour of campus and a meeting with an admissions and financial aid representative. If requested in advance we can also arrange sitting in on a class (during the school year) or meeting with a professor or coach. Individual visits are available Monday-Friday with tour times at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.


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Information Sessions

Information Sessions are presentations/tours offered on specific days year-round. Information Sessions include a presentation about admissions, financial aid, and curriculum, as well as a tour of campus with a discussion about student life, classroom resources, and technology.
Morning events begin with check-in at 9:30 a.m. The program begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with an optional lunch (no cost to you!) at noon.
Afternoon events begin with check-in at 1:30 p.m., and the program takes place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Weekday Information Sessions

  • Monday, Nov. 26 — Afternoon
  • Friday, Jan. 4 — Afternoon
  • Monday, Jan. 7 — Afternoon
  • Friday, Jan. 11 — Afternoon
  • Monday, Jan. 21 — Afternoon
  • Monday, Feb. 18 — Afternoon
  • Friday, March 8 — Afternoon
  • Wednesday, March 13 — Afternoon
  • Friday, March 15 — Afternoon
  • Monday, March 18 — Afternoon
  • Wednesday, March 20 — Afternoon
  • Monday, March 25 — Afternoon

Saturday Information Sessions

  • Saturday, Nov. 17 — Morning
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 — Morning
  • Saturday, March 2 — Morning
  • Saturday, March 9 — Morning
  • Saturday, March 16 — Morning
  • Saturday, March 23 — Morning
  • Saturday, March 30 — Morning

Torchie cheering on the men's basketball team!

Athletic Visit Day

Interested in being a college athlete? Athletic Visit Day is geared specifically toward you.

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, Jan. 26


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Music Visit Day

Our Music Visit Day goes beyond a campus tour. The day is tailored to exploring all the opportunities available to music students: learn about our ensembles, sit in on a music class, take a private lesson, audition for a music scholarship, and even attend our biggest concert of the year: Christmas Festival!

Upcoming Event:
Friday, Nov. 30


Prof. Lisa Antle-Anderson works with nursing students at Carthage College.

Nursing Visit Day

Attend a presentation about admissions and financial aid, a presentation by the director of nursing, a question and answer session, and a student-led campus tour that includes the nursing learning labs.

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, Dec. 6
Thursday, Jan. 24
Thursday, Feb. 14
Thursday, March 21
Thursday, April 11
Thursday, May 9
Thursday, June 20


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Transfer Open House

Attend a Transfer Open House geared specifically toward students transferring to Carthage in the spring or fall. These events include a presentation and student-led campus tour. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The program begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with an optional lunch at noon, our treat.

Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, Dec. 8
Saturday, March 9

  • 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 …

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