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Tuition Reset

Why Carthage?

Carthage, which welcomed its largest class in college history last year, is among the first institutions in Wisconsin to lower tuition, and the first in the state to implement such a significant tuition reset. We are proud to be a leader in bringing much needed transparency to the cost of a college education.

Here are some other things that make us proud:

Carthage has been named No. 6 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, Regional Colleges-Midwest, by US Ne...

Carthage Faculty: Devoted to Teaching

Carthage was ranked sixth in Best Undergraduate Teaching in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

Our student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is just 17. That means your professors will get to know you, work to inspire you, and encourage you as often as they challenge you. Their enthusiasm for your success in college and beyond makes Carthage a very special place.

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The Aspire Program is a four-year career development program for all students.

Guided Pathway to a Degree that Delivers

This fall, Carthage launched The Aspire Program, a new four-year career development program for all students. Students connect with The Aspire Center during their first days on campus, and work with a personal career specialist to develop an individualized career development plan. There’s no extra cost, and all program elements are sprinkled throughout your Carthage experience.

Through Aspire, students will gain real career-building experience on- and off-campus starting your first year, and expand your personal and professional networks to inform your choices and open doors.

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Carthage is No. 5 in the country among baccalaureate colleges in short-term study abroad.

Exercise Your Passport

J-Term, or January Term, is a special month-long period of study in which Carthage students explore subjects outside their majors or minors, discover new interests, and test their creativity through classes held both on campus and around the world. It’s a month to experiment, create, and dream.

Every year, faculty lead 20-25 study tours to such destinations as Senegal, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Austria, Turkey, and India. More than 400 Carthage students traveled with faculty in 2019. This culture has earned Carthage a place in the Top 5 among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term study abroad by the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange.

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Carthage College is the home of NASA in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium is headqu...

Space Sciences at Carthage

The space sciences program at Carthage is a nationally recognized undergraduate program that provides students hands-on opportunities in technology development and atmospheric sciences through partnerships with NASA and academic researchers around the world.

NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium is headquartered at Carthage, giving Carthage students even more opportunities for paid research fellowships, research internships, and workshops in space hardware development. Carthage students are currently conducting groundbreaking research on new fuel-gauging technology for spacecraft, and developing a hyperspectral imaging CubeSat (a small satellite) to study carbon sequestration in equatorial forests.

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Carthage has been named a No. 15 Best Value School in Regional Colleges-Midwest by US News and Wo...

Outstanding Value

Carthage was ranked among the top 15 Best Value Schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

Our prime lakefront location in the heart of the Milwaukee-to-Chicago corridor has something to do with that. Not only do our students enjoy breathtaking #carthageviews from their residence halls and classrooms; they also have easy access to major metropolitan areas — and all the job and internship opportunities in Kenosha, Racine, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

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Carthage awards $20 million in scholarships and financial aid.

Generous Scholarships and Financial Aid

Yes, we’re lowering our tuition for 2020-2021 to better reflect what most students pay to attend Carthage. But our generous aid programs means you could pay even less. Carthage awards more than $20 million in grant and scholarship assistance — the type of aid you don’t need to pay back.

Learn more about our scholarships

 

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