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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 Jennifer Hartig ’19, a middle school English teacher. “Having gone to a liberal arts college has completely changed how I approach problems. When I need to collaborate with fellow teachers on how to best serve a struggling student, I try to use different perspectives to gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem.” 
Learn more about the liberal arts at Carthage
Hear what graduates have to say

A professor teaching a class2. 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,” says 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.”

Professor Tracy Gartner teaches a glass with a mask on.

3. Devoted Faculty

“Professors at Carthage truly go above and beyond to make sure that each student is fully supported. They are always looking to find ways to improve their courses and programs so that each student has the opportunity to receive a quality education,” says Lauren Weis ’20.

The science center was opened in 2015.

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, and the new Tower Residence Hall opened in Fall 2018.

Spain J-Term

5. January Term

During January, students have the opportunity to take a month-long course either on campus or abroad. “My favorite class at Carthage so far has been the J-Term trip to Madrid, Spain during my freshman year,” says Allie Ontaneda ’22, Spanish major. “There, I was challenged to go beyond my comfort zone and grow in my confidence as a Spanish-speaker, speaking Spanish the entire trip. I made great friends, tried new food, and simply enjoyed the experience of using the language to fully experience life as a Madrileña.”

Students in class with masks6. Focus on Real Learning

“I’m not sure I’ve ever met someone who finds such joy in music and who feels so passionately about music education, as Professor James Ripley,” says music major Katiann Nelson ’22. “I’ve learned so much from his rehearsals, both in the short-term sense about how to play and in the long-term sense of how to educate, remain patient, and keep a positive environment.”

A student performs research in a science class.

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.

Students in an anti-gravity machine8. You Might Go Weightless!

Carthage has one of the most successful Microgravity Teams in the country. “The opportunities I’ve had at Carthage are incredible,” says Cassi Bossong ’21. “I never thought that I would be able to have these opportunities as an undergraduate, and the fact that I’m doing research indirectly for NASA is an amazing feeling. Being part of the Microgravity Team has given me the skills that I would need for potential careers, which are not only physics and engineering-related but also professional development.”

Students in class9. Intellectual Foundations (formerly Western Heritage)

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Western Heritage, says Noah Griser ’21. “I met some of my closest friends during that class, and it also helped me become better at expressing my views and opinions in a group setting. Western Heritage provides a place to read great books, develop writing skills, and it also facilitates amazing conversations.”

Members of Carthage's C.U.R.E. organization pose in front of their table at the 2018 Involvement ...

10. 130+ Student Organizations

With more than 130 student clubs, you will need one really big excuse not to get involved. “I belong to the Carthage Accounting Association, VITA, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Model UN, says Michael Arient ’21. “All of these clubs led me to meet amazing new individuals who are all very motivated and intelligent. In Model UN, I made countless friends and had amazing opportunities to represent Carthage and make memories of a lifetime.”

CAB event T-Pain

11. CAB

The Carthage Activities Board hosts events weekly for students by students, whether it is a comedian, hypnotist, spoken word artist, or simply a movie. “With CAB there is always something to do on campus,” says Autumn Williams ’22.

Women's Lacrosse

12. Be a Student and an Athlete

About 30 percent of Carthage students discover the benefits of competing on our 27 NCAA Division III teams. Here, it’s possible to continue playing the sport you love and get a first-rate education.

“At Carthage, I found the perfect balance with athletics and academics. Not only is the campus beautiful and inviting, but I knew I could achieve greatly on the field and in the classroom,” says Lacrosse athlete Emily Lima ’20. 

First baseman and pitcher Ellie Bernero ’20 says, “I’m grateful to belong to an institution that creates an atmosphere where I can learn, compete and thrive. Being part of the softball program has given me a sense of belonging, motivation, and my best friends.”

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.”

Students participating in Carthage's 2019 SURE program record the sounds of gibbons at the Racine...

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.

Romeo and Juliet Walk Into a Bar theatre production15. 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.

Christmas festival '2016. Events like Christmas Festival

“My favorite Carthage moment has been going to the Christmas Festival,” says Jordan Ball ’23. “Not hearing much about it beforehand, I was expecting it to be similar to the concerts my high school held. I was very much mistaken. The concert was absolutely amazing. Every moment was breathtaking. The choirs and bands put on such an outstanding performance that I will definitely be back next year.”

A student presents his senior thesis topic at the 2019 Celebration of Scholars.

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 opportunity to deeply research and understand a topic that I am passionate about has been priceless to me,” says Jane Thurow ’20. “I believe that my senior thesis on corporate social responsibility will positively affect the trajectory of my career and has changed how I view the future of the world.”

Gavin Kaepernick ’20 says, “The computer science department has pushed me to build something I am proud of with no limitations on what is possible. As a kid, I could not have dreamed about the possibilities of the technology that I was able to create doing my senior thesis and I think it really shows future employers that I have the skills as a Carthage computer science graduate to build for the future.” 

A student in a face mask picks up his food in a to-go container, wearing a face mask and followin...

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.

“I love how beautiful the campus is and how it is located between Chicago and Milwaukee,” says Sammie Woodward ’20. “This gives students so many opportunities for internships and jobs in big cities.”

A Carthage student watches the sun rise over Lake Michigan.

20. Lake Views from Your Dorm Room

“The sunrise over the lake never gets old, and the sound of the waves is always relieving no matter what is going on in my life,” says Jess Thierfelder ’20.

  • 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 …