Carthage utilizes a holistic advising model designed to meet each undergraduate student where they are on their college journey and provide guidance and mentorship along the way. At the core of this model are three key roles: student success advisors, faculty advisors, and career specialists who will work with you to plan coursework, discuss co-curricular and extracurricular engagement, and create short- and long-term academic and career plans.
Building a Network
The journey to attaining your degree can seem long and difficult. You don’t have to go it alone. Invest time each semester in cultivating a network of support - faculty, staff, peers, alumni, and more - whom you can go to during your most exciting moments and most stressful situations. Start here.
Student Success Advisors
All new students at Carthage are matched with a student success advisor prior to their first semester as a part of their initial course registration process and will continue to work with them through graduation. These advisors are full-time advising and student success professionals who will facilitate your successful entry and transition to Carthage, serve as cultural navigators as you move toward your degree, and support you during periods of academic and personal challenge. Student success advisors are assigned based on the academic division of your program of study and the first initial of your last name and may change as your academic goals shift during your time at Carthage. Student success advisors are located in the Center for Student Success on the main level of the Todd Wehr Center at the south end of campus. Learn more about student success advising
Faculty advisors primarily assist students in navigating the Carthage curriculum in the context of their program of study as they meet the learning outcomes necessary to be successful in their field. If you have declared a program of study, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in the academic department of your program starting with your second semester and seek guidance from them for course registration and degree planning moving forward. If you declare more than one major or are pursuing teaching licensure, you may have an additional faculty advisor to ensure you receive mentorship from an expert in your field. As there are a wide variety of faculty and programs, faculty advisors are located across campus.
Career specialists primarily guide students in preparing for their future personal and professional life through reflection on their strengths and interests and exposure to experiential learning opportunities. All Carthage students will be assigned a career specialist through The Aspire Program, Carthage’s comprehensive four-year career development program. You will be introduced to the Aspire Program and staff during College Success Seminar and be matched with a career specialist in your field during your first year at Carthage. Career specialists are located in the Aspire Center on the fourth floor of Lentz Hall at the north end of campus.
A Team Approach
Beyond the three key advising roles that you’ll be matched with one-on-one, there are many faculty, staff, and alumni who are ready to step in to help you during times of need or challenge you to take the next step in reaching your goals. From your hall director to your soccer coach to your senior seminar instructor, these members of your Carthage network will strive to provide you with opportunities to learn and grow, guide you through the challenges of college life, and work together to provide you with a high-quality college experience that will enrich your life for years to come.