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20 Reasons …

To Love Carthage


1. Our Liberal Arts Foundation.

1. Our Liberal Arts Foundation

Well-rounded. Resourceful. Insightful. Prepared. A Carthage education goes beyond career preparation to empower you to deal with complexity and change. Just ask Christina (Wright) Bruff, a 2004 Carthage graduate who is now working for the U.S. State Department, in its Bureau of African Affairs. “Carthage provided me with the foundation to move forward in an international career,” Ms. Bruff says. 
Learn more about the liberal arts at Carthage
Hear what graduates have to say

2. Small Classes

2. Small Classes

With an average class size of 17, you will get all the personal attention you need. “Carthage allows students to develop a close relationship with their professors, as the class sizes are usually small,” said Miranda Paikowski ’20, an English and French major. “My first year at Carthage, I had one class, Advanced Jazz, in which there were only six students and another class, Advanced French, which only contained eight students. Carthage is a great place for students to feel a sense of community as they continue their studies.”

3. Devoted Faculty.

3. Devoted Faculty

The relationships I developed with my professors are incredible,” said 2017 graduate Andrew Pipik. “They not only helped shape me as a student, but they took a genuine interest in me as a person, which set them above the rest. College is often viewed as an intimidating time in one’s life, but the professors at Carthage do an exceptional job at making you feel welcome and comfortable.”

Lentz Hall Facilities

4. Top Facilities

Things look new at Carthage because they are. The athletic center, library, student union, and many residence halls have all been constructed or renovated in the last 12 years. A new science center opened in 2015. The new Tower Residence Hall opened in Fall 2018.

5. J-Term.

5. January Term

At Carthage, this page of the calendar is devoted entirely to whatever you’re wild about. “J-Term classes are some of the most interesting courses at Carthage,” says Adwoa Kankam ’19. “There is also the chance to travel abroad for a J-Term class and experience the world in the span of a month.” 

6. Focus on Real Learning.

6. Focus on Real Learning

Professor Colleen O’Brien came into the classroom everyday excited about what she was going to teach,” says Hannah Mack ’18, a marketing and management major. “She also had so many stories of when she worked for other companies that related so well to the material we were learning in class.” 

7. Research Opportunities.

7. Research Opportunities

Carthage places a major emphasis on undergraduate research, scholarship and creativity. Early and often, students are challenged to perform original research under the close guidance of experienced faculty.

8. You might go weightless!

8. You Might Go Weightless!

Carthage has one of the most successful Microgravity Teams in the country. “I never would have thought in a million years I would get to work in conjunction with NASA, let alone my freshman year of college,” said Daisy Bower.

9. Western Heritage.

9. Western Heritage

“This course allowed me to express big ideas in class discussions and I explore some philosophy along the way, which I might even add as a minor,” says Sidney Burke ’18, a psychology major. “I took Western Heritage and Understandings of Religion at the same time, and this allowed me to connect ideas between classes. That ‘aha’ moment came to me more than a few times while taking Western Heritage, which is something every student loves to experience. Western Heritage encourages intellectual discussions within the classroom and allows students to analyze text in ways they may not have in high school!”

10. 120+ Student Organizations

10. 120+ Student Organizations

With more than 120 student clubs, you will need one really big excuse not to get involved. “The biggest surprise for me was how easy it was to make new friends,” said Mitch Ducett ’15.

11. CAB

11. CAB

The Carthage Activities Board hosts events for students every weekend: hypnotists, bands, comedians, free movies, illusionists, you name it. “Stay on campus during the weekends! It’s how you meet new people,” said Macy Anderson ’16.

12. Be a student. And an athlete.

12. Be a Student and an Athlete

“I think a lot of people forget that ‘student’ comes first in ‘student-athlete,’” said Stephanie Kuzmanic, who graduated in 2014 as Capital One’s Academic All-American Player of the Year. Not at Carthage. Professors and coaches work together to help student athletes succeed in class and on the court. “Carthage has a lot of professors who are very willing to help you outside of the classroom. They helped me and my teammates be successful.”

13. Intellectual Cross-Training

13. Intellectual Cross-Training

Don’t give up anything you love learning about. We have students who major in chemistry and theatre, or earn a dance minor with their education major. “It wasn’t easy to find a college that had Mandarin, Chinese, dance, and chemistry all in one! When I visited Carthage, I fell in love with the campus, and the welcoming professors, staff, and students I met made me feel right at home,” recalls Grace Kozisek ’20, a Chinese and chemistry major. “I was reassured this was the place for me when I looked into the Chinese, dance, and chemistry programs. The professors were very engaging and enthusiastic about the subjects they taught.”

14. Summer School!

14. Summer School!

Carthage takes summer school to a whole new level. The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience pairs selected students with faculty for full-time summer research. 10 weeks. One-on-one mentoring. Countless doors opened.

15. Big Names. Big Stage.

15. Big Names. Big Stage.

Carthage theatre students work with world-renowned writers like Keith Huff from “Mad Men” and “House of Cards.” They don’t just come to campus for a lecture; they spend months working closely with our students on a brand new play.

16. Christmas Festival.

16. Events like Christmas Festival

“The atmosphere on campus is incredible, and seeing the combined talent of all our musical ensembles and choral groups is incredibly powerful,” recalls Alexander Karcher ’16.

17. The Senior Thesis.

17. The Senior Thesis

Carthage is one of the few colleges in the country to require its seniors to complete a thesis. There’s no answer key for this one. No one telling you what chapters to study. This is your chance to build, perform, and explore a topic of your choice.

“The amount of research and writing can seem daunting, but talking with professors in the department and getting feedback from classmates really made the stress of writing a 20+ page paper much easier!” says Spanish major Taylor Guy ’18. “I really enjoyed researching my topic and once finished, I have something really special to look back on and use for future graduate school applications!” 

18. Late Night Breakfast

18. Late Night Breakfast

On the weekend before finals, Carthage faculty, staff, and even our President serve students a late-night breakfast in the Caf. Nothing relieves stress like your college president personally serving you scrambled eggs.

19. Our Location.

19. Our Location

The views? Breathtaking. But our campus isn’t just beautiful. It’s also ideally located between Chicago and Milwaukee, giving you big-city opportunities.

“The location between Milwaukee and Chicago definitely caught my attention,” remembers Hailey Morgan ’18, a history major. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I entered college, but I knew that having access to those cities would lead me to possible jobs, internships, or research opportunities in any field.” 

20. Lake Views from Your Dorm Room.

20. Lake Views from Your Dorm Room

It’s always really relaxing to hear the waves crashing against the shore,” said elementary education major Caitlin Reynolds ’18.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), 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 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. 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 been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. 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 $20,000 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 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 …