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Center for Student Success

Academic Advising

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.

Holistic Advising ModelBuilding 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

Prof. Art Cyr advises an international political economy student.

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.

AspireCareer Specialists

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.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), 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 archaeology 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 $20,000 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 the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, 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 No. 3 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 …