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Carthage on track to welcome largest class ever

June 10, 2018

Carthage is on track to welcome its largest class in college history this fall. More than 780 freshmen have made the decision to join the Carthage Class of 2022.

Students cross Sesquicentennial Plaza.

The Class of 2022

Fast Facts

  • The incoming freshman class includes students from 24 states and five foreign countries.
  • A significant number will travel more than 1,000 miles for their education. The Class of 2022 includes students from California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.
  • The most popular declared majors among the Class of 2022 are nursing, biology, psychology, athletic training, management, criminal justice, and education.
  • More than 25 percent are the first in their families to attend college.

“We are so excited to welcome our newest students to campus this September,” says Nick Mulvey ’02, vice president for enrollment. “They are an impressive group of young adults, and we’re thrilled they have decided to launch their careers here at Carthage.”

The incoming class includes students from 24 states and 5 foreign countries, who will study more than 50 different disciplines. The top five majors declared by the Class of 2022 are nursing, biology, psychology, athletic training, and management.

“Each one is coming to Carthage with their own story and to pursue their own passions,” says Ashley Hanson, associate vice president of admissions. “Here, they will be able to pursue interests across many different areas, and study with faculty who have attended the top graduate programs in the country. They will do research, participate in internships, and make a difference on campus and in the community.

“We’re excited to see how each and every new student makes their mark here at Carthage,” she says.

The value of a Carthage education

At a time when many colleges and universities across the country are seeing their enrollments decline due to shifting demographics, especially in the Midwest, it’s exciting that Carthage will see its biggest-ever cohort of first-year students, Mr. Mulvey says.

Prior to this year, the College’s largest class included 751 freshmen in 2015-16. The 2017-18 freshman class numbered 708.

“Students and families are seeing the value of a Carthage education,” Mr. Mulvey says. “They know they will see a significant return on their investment.

“They’ve seen Carthage graduates go out into the world and do unbelievable things. They’ve seen the success students have during their time here, through internships, research, rigorous coursework, and connections with their professors. What we have to offer is pretty special.”

A Carthage College student conducts research in biology with Prof. Andrea Henle.Those outcomes reassure families that Carthage is the right choice, says Ms. Hanson.

“One of the biggest questions families have coming into the college search process is: What’s going to happen at the end of these four years?” she says. “Ninety-five percent of our graduates are able to finish within four years, and 95 percent have jobs in their fields within six months of graduation. Many other schools are simply not able to say that to their students.”

Personalized attention, unlimited support

In addition to student outcomes, new students say they are drawn to Carthage because of our strong academic programs, reputation, world-class faculty, location between two major metropolitan areas, and student experiences.

“We offer the majors, extracurricular activities, and experiences that students are looking for,” Ms. Hanson says. “If they’ve declared a major, they know they can dive in right away. If they’re undecided, they know they will have the support they need to choose the right field for them. They know they will get personalized attention here, because it starts with the recruitment process.

“Carthage is a community, and there are going to be people and resources to help them along the way.”

As other colleges facing declining enrollment must make difficult decisions to cut programs — from majors, to student clubs, to athletics — Carthage is looking to expand in these areas to meet demand, Mr. Mulvey and Ms. Hanson state.

“This is a time of great momentum for us,” Mr. Mulvey says. “There are a lot of new, innovative, and unique programs that are happening, and that will only continue as we bring in classes like this.

“This really is the most exciting time in the College’s history.”

Modern Languages Professor Greg Baer goes over a paper with a student.