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“The faculty at Carthage truly go out of their way to make sure that students are not only understanding the material, but also enjoying the class. They are interested in expanding their students’ knowledge and making sure that their time at Carthage is worthwhile.”

Cami Christopoulos ’16, of Highland Park, Ill., majored in marketing and finance, and earned a minor in educational studies.

Cami’s favorite Carthage memory is the Relay for Life event held every April. “I got to see all of the hard work Colleges Against Cancer did come together and truly make a spectacular event for all.”

“A gift to Carthage may come from a single individual, but it enhances the lives over 2,000 students, their families, and faculty members,” responded Cami when asked about giving to Carthage. “Carthage students desire to expand their knowledge, and need the resources to do it. Whether it be contributing so that more students can travel worldwide and appreciate others’ ways of life, or providing assistance in making sure that the residence halls stay in prime condition, any and all contributions to the Carthage community will help today’s students excel in their work, organizations, and life beyond graduation.”

Encapsulating her Carthage experience in one word, Cami chose “enlightening.”

“Not only did I learn new material in my classes, but I also learned valuable life skills in managing organizations, communicating with fellow classmates and professors, and learning how to live away from home. The best part was being able to reconnect with my faith by attending Chapel and going to worship services. The religious life on campus restored my faith and kept me grounded.”


“Gifts to Carthage benefit every student. I have received scholarships and they allow me to attend this wonderful school.”

Gabriella Lay ’17, of Poplar Grove, Ill., majored in psychology with a minor in theatre.

“It is the people of Carthage that makes it so special. The people are warm, friendly, and more than willing to help,” said Gabby, sharing her favorite things about Carthage. “You can walk down Campus Drive and professors who you don’t even know yet smile at you. Or when you are struggling in a class and go to the professor, they are more than willing to help you any way they can.”

Reflecting on her thoughts on giving to Carthage, Gabby remarked that “it is important to invest in today’s students simply because they are tomorrow’s future. … If we don’t help them and give them the best resources and tools now, they won’t be able to go out and achieve all that they could. Please give. It isn’t about the amount, because any size gift helps. It’s about giving back. Take pride in being a Carthaginian. I do!”


“As a recipient of the Kenosha Oaks scholarship, I know firsthand what it’s like to rely on gifts from generous people to be able to attend Carthage and I am extremely thankful.”

Manar Mohammad '16Manar Mohammad ’16 writes: “I am thankful for Carthage because it gave me a place to discover myself and grow comfortable in my own skin. It is where I learned to be proud of who I am, and continuously shows me that the possibilities are endless for becoming someone I can continue to be proud of. I have been able to find my voice and let it be heard, because Carthage made me feel like what I have to say needs to be heard.”

Because of Carthage, she says, she was able to not just pursue a major in biology in preparation for medical school, but also study her other passions: English and creative writing. “By the end of my journey at Carthage, I learned to balance both parts of myself that I love: the biology fanatic as well as the passionate writer. The more I think about how lucky I am to be able to do both, the more I appreciate being at Carthage. Carthage also allowed me to start the first IAA (Islamic Awareness Association), because the Carthage community is so hungry for knowledge and to spread diversity.

“As a recipient of the Kenosha Oaks scholarship, I know firsthand what it’s like to rely on gifts from generous people to be able to attend Carthage and I am extremely thankful. The gifts of others allow Carthage students to follow dreams and pursue an education that others so strongly wish they could have.”

  • 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 …