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Transformed

At Carthage, our dedicated faculty and immersive academic experiences help students uncover new passions and ignite their true potential. We asked students to share how Carthage has shaped the way they view their future.

We asked: “How has Carthage shaped your view?”

“Carthage changed the way I think about research. When I came here, I never thought I would want a job in scientific research. The opportunities here have opened new doors for me.” — Allie Steffen ’18

“Carthage shaped my view by challenging me at the highest level academically and athletically. The first semester of my freshman year, I was able to engage in novel biological research and compete on the women’s volleyball team, which reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. There is no better place to be a student athlete.” — Megan Fallert ’18

“I’m taking a lot of risks I wouldn’t have as a kid and I’m truly working to make a future for myself in a relatively unstable career. I don’t think I’d have done that even three years ago! The environment here has
helped turn me into that kind of person.”
— Joshua Maloney ’20

I’ve grown in terms of my major and minor and just overall as a person. Carthage has really shaped me into the person that I’m becoming.— Taylor Guy ’18

I’ve learned so many lessons and received a lot of valuable advice. I’ve also come to be a little bit more adventurous. I have found more pieces of who I am, and who I would like to become. I’m glad I was able to do that at Carthage.” — Caitlin Reynolds ’18

I’m so grateful that Carthage gave me the ability to form such strong friendships.” — Olivia Monson ’20

“College isn’t anything like high school, but it also doesn’t mean you just get labeled as a number and have to struggle through it on your own. Carthage has an amazing environment and staff that allows you to redefine success for yourself with their support.” — Renee’ Jalbert ’19

Through the support and encouragement of the professors at Carthage you are pushed to further your knowledge even more than you could imagine.” — Cara Hull ’19

Being immersed in academics here has allowed me to grow in both breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding. I never expected to become so happy with the opportunity I have each day to learn. I’m very pleased and surprised by the enthusiasm I’ve developed.— Max Becher ’19

Having a smaller student body allows students to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with their classmates and professors. These types of networking skills are vital to anyone that wishes to excel in their career, no matter the field.” — Grant Dunham ’19

“My professors care about my grades and how well I’m understanding the material. They will go out of their way to answer your questions and schedule a time to work on it.— Kitara Harsh ’20

Almost all of my favorite Carthage memories were shared with some of my best friends that I was able to meet at Carthage. Carthage provides many ways to put yourself out there and meet new people.— Lauren Vejvoda ’20

I have been able to be a part of things that I never would have dreamed of before Carthage. I walked onto campus and it just felt like home. It’s three years later and that feeling hasn’t gone away!— Stephanie van Wieringen ’18

Taking advantage of opportunities to explore other interests at Carthage has been a rewarding and liberating experience!” — Katherine Cullinan ’20

I have learned a lot about our society in my classes and the more I learn about the issues we have, the more I want to do something to change them.” — Alissa Marek-Spartz ’19

“Carthage has taught me that sometimes life does not go as planned, and it can be awesome!” — Madeline Owca ’19

Carthage is a great place for students to feel a sense of community as they continue their studies.
— Miranda Paikowski ’20

Whether it be lab assisting, tutoring, or participating in undergraduate research, you’ll gain experience that some students never gain in there undergraduate years elsewhere.” — Shelby Schwerdtfeger ’19

Your professors really are your friends, they all want you to do amazing things.”  — Sean Hughes ’19

I never would have seen myself becoming an Assistant Hall Director or joining a fraternity. Everyone whom I have met has encouraged me to reach my potential.” — Austin West ’19

At Carthage, I am a name and not a number to the faculty, staff, and my classmates. Professors know students by name and are there to support and help throughout a student’s entire college career.— Katelyn Switzer ’19

The student body made Carthage totally feel like one big family!— Sidney Burke ’19

The biggest surprise has been how at home I feel. While deciding on a school, everyone tells you you’ll know when you are at the right school. I didn’t totally know what they meant at the time, but now that I am here, I cannot believe how accurate that advice is.— Mary Hussey ’19

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 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 Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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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