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Center for Student Success

Advising & Registration Resources

Academic advising is more than just picking a set of courses each semester. It exists to help you navigate the college experience, explore and reflect on your own potential, and continue your learning outside of the classroom. 

Carthage is committed to providing a quality experience for each student through the ongoing professional development of faculty and staff in advising roles, including engagement in local, regional, and national conversations regarding college advising and student success practices. Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Teaching Commons resource page on advising and utilize resources available through NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Course Selection and Degree Planning Resources

Policies, Procedures, and Deadlines

Frequently Used Terminology

  • Drop: If a student drops a course within the add/drop deadline, the course will not display on their transcript. Daytime undergraduate students should be careful to stay at or above 12 credits within the add/drop window if they wish to maintain full-time status. There are two add/drop deadlines, one for changes that can be made independently by students and one that is a restricted add/drop period. Both dates can be found on the academic calendar.
  • Withdrawal: After the add/drop deadline, a student can withdraw from a course up until the withdrawal deadline. For a withdrawal, the course will display on the student’s transcript with a ‘W’ in place of the grade. The ‘W’ has no impact on GPA. There are two withdrawal deadlines, one for individual courses and one that is an institutional withdrawal (all courses). Both dates can be found on the academic calendar.
  • Part-time: For daytime undergraduate students enrolled in a given semester, part time status ranges from 0-11 credits. 
  • Full-time status: For daytime undergraduate students enrolled in a given semester, full time status begins at 12 credits. 
  • Overload: For daytime undergraduate students enrolled in a given semester, registering for above 18 credits is considered overloading and will result in an overload charge to your student account.
  • Waiver: A faculty department chair can approve of waiving a requirement within a major or minor. Approval of a substitution would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar ( from the department chair’s Carthage email. Once approval is received, the student’s degree audit will be updated to reflect the substitution. 
  • Substitution: A faculty department chair can approve of accepting a different course in lieu of a major or minor requirement. Approval of a substitution would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar ( from the department chair’s Carthage email. Once approval is received, the student’s degree audit will be updated to reflect the substitution.
  • Audit: To audit a course means to enroll in the course to learn the material, but without the ability to earn credits toward their degree. If a student wishes to audit a course, they must obtain an audit slip from the Registrar’s Office and submit the completed form prior to the add/drop deadline. There is an audit fee charged to your student account.
  • Hold: A hold on your account may hinder you from being able to register for courses or otherwise modify your enrollment. For example, a REG hold may indicate you have not submitted missing documents required by the Office of Admissions or a UBAL hold may indicate you have an unfavorable balance on your student account. in the portal, you will be able to view the hold and instructions for who to contact to resolve the issue. 
  • Registration clearance: Students must be cleared by an advisor to register for classes for an upcoming term or terms. If it is time for you to register and you are being blocked from enrolling in courses in, but you do not have a hold on your account, contact your faculty advisor (or student success advisor if you have not been matched with a faculty advisor).
  • Repeat/delete: Students are able to repeat a course in which they have earned a grade of C- or lower. If a student chooses to do this, the initial grade remains on their transcript for the original course attempt, but is no longer calculated in their GPA. The new grade is also displayed on their transcript for the subsequent attempt of the course. Only the most recent grade is used in the GPA calculation. There is no limit to the number of times you can repeat/delete a course.
  • 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 …