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Carthage welcomes 800+ in resilient incoming class

September 02, 2020

This fall, Carthage welcomes more than 800 new students who have persevered through trying circumstances to start the next leg of their educational journey.

“You’re an historic class in a year at Carthage that will be like no other before,” President John Swallow tells the incoming class in a welcome video.

The recorded message, posted on the New Student Orientation website, substituted for the traditional community welcome ceremony. Public health guidelines prevented an in-person event this year.

“A few things are going to be a little bit different,” President Swallow adds, “but nothing is going to change our commitment to welcome and embrace you as you enter our campus community.”

He reminded students that they’re not alone, emphasizing the extensive support network that Carthage provides — including dedicated professors and staff in the Aspire Center and the Center for Student Success.

With a few weeks to go before the official enrollment count on Oct. 1, the College remains on pace for its third-largest entering class with 745 freshmen and 85 transfer students. They come from 26 states and other parts of the world.

In terms of academic quality, the incoming class — when measured by GPA, ACT, class ranking, and strength of curriculum — is one of the strongest Carthage has seen. The top five majors of interest for the Class of 2024 are nursing, biology, psychology, management, and computer science.

As Carthage takes major steps to boost equity and inclusion, the diversity of the student body continues a steady rise. About 27% of the newcomers report a race other than white.

“This class has been through extraordinary challenges, and many have faced significant hardship. Yet, through it all, you have shown amazing resiliency,” says Nick Mulvey ’02, vice president for enrollment. “You are exactly the type of students that will continue to shape and enhance the Carthage community, and eventually change the world.”

The journey begins