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Life at Carthage

Support and Services

College isn’t easy, obviously. Mastering new skills, expanding every part of your brain, gaining knowledge, and preparing for the Real World is going to take a lot out of you. Fortunately, Carthage surrounds you with the tools and support you need to succeed.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success is a one-stop shop for all your student needs. Want to get more involved on campus? Feeling a little lost in your classes? Need some advice on something academic, financial, or personal? Stop by the Center for Student Success, located in the Todd Wehr Center, or call 262-551-5800.
Todd Wehr Center


Professional advisors help students schedule classes and improve academic performance. Advisors are available to discuss co-curricular and extracurricular activities and to work with you to create your long-term academic and career plans.
Center for Student Success, Todd Wehr Center

The Aspire Program™

The Aspire Program™, run through The Aspire Center, is Carthage’s career preparation program. Unlike career services programs at most colleges, Aspire is a comprehensive four-year program. Students connect with The Aspire Center during their first days on campus, and work with a personal Aspire Career Specialist to develop an individualized career development plan. 
Upper floor, Lentz Hall

Health & Counseling Center

The Carthage Health and Counseling Center assists students in addressing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. All services are free and confidential, and are provided by experienced professionals trained to help young adults.
N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (TARC)

Library & Technology

Hedberg Library staff can help you with all kinds of research and technology needs. Need sources for an upcoming paper? Can’t get connected to Carthage WIFI? Having trouble with Google apps, campus printers or copiers, or your own computer or mobile device? Need to borrow a laptop, iPad, video camera? Want to borrow a movie? Start at the Library Help Desk and get just about every answer you need.
Hedberg Library

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar maintains the official academic records for Carthage students and assists students in class registration, degree audits, and more.
Upper floor, Lentz Hall

Office of Student Financial Services

The Office of Student Financial Services offers assistance with financial aid, work-study, finding campus employment, finding scholarship opportunities, even filling out the FAFSA.
Upper floor, Lentz Hall

Public Safety

Carthage College Public Safety operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to promote a safe environment in which our community members can live and learn. The Public Safety staff patrols campus, as well as our buildings, and responds to calls for service. Contact Public Safety at 262-551-5911 or 5911 from any Carthage phone. 
Lower level of Johnson Hall

Tutoring Center

The Carthage Tutoring Center offers free support for a variety of classes. You can schedule one-on-one tutoring or a group session to practice skills or develop your understanding of course content.
Hedberg Library
David Straz Center

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion provides information about diversity-related programming at Carthage, as well as a directory of diversity-related resources for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community.
Lentz Hall

Writing Center

The Brainard Writing Center is a free resource available to all members of the Carthage community. Whether you need help determining a topic, formulating a thesis statement, organizing your thoughts, or polishing your final draft, the Writing Center is here to help.
Upper level, Hedberg Library

Peer Coaching for Freshmen

All Carthage freshmen are paired with a Success and Engagement Coach to guide them during their first year of college. Coaches are Carthage sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have completed intensive leadership training. Coaches help first-year students get involved in campus activities, utilize campus resources, and connect with their professors and other students. 

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), 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.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 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. More than 90% 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 ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. 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 marketing 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 $25,000 up to full tuition. 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 130 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 in the Top 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 …