4-Year Graduation Guarantee
While lots of schools wear the “four-year college” label, Carthage stands firmly behind it. We guarantee that any student who enters as a freshman will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.
Class of 2021 Commencement
We guarantee that all students who enter Carthage as a freshman will graduate in four years.
You will receive personal advising to create a four-year plan tailored to your educational goals.
You won’t need to take on an excess course load to graduate in four years.
You will have access to the courses you need to graduate in four years.
There are many ways to reach the same goal, and we’ll work with you to ensure you do it in a four-year time frame.
Want to ensure you graduate in four years? Read the eligibility guidelines.
You’ll have a team of advisors that will help you map out your four-year plan.
Even the best-laid plans can encounter a bump in the road. The Office of the Registrar is here to help!
Lots of schools wear the four-year label. At Carthage, we stand behind it!
“Besides avoiding a fifth or even sixth year of tuition, there’s a significant financial bonus to graduating on time: a head start in the job market. You’re off and earning long before other college graduates reach the starting line.”
— Nick Mulvey ’02, vice president for enrollment
Why That Matters
Besides avoiding a fifth or even sixth year of tuition, there’s another big bonus to the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee: a head start in the job market. That’s important to keep in mind when you’re comparing colleges’ value.
To fulfill this pledge, Carthage assures students that they:
- WILL receive personal advising to tailor a four-year plan.
- WON’T need to take on an excess course load.
- WILL be able to get into the classes they need to finish in four years.
More than 90% of Carthage graduates finish in four years. Compare that to 78% at small private colleges in general, and 56% at regional public universities.
“At Carthage, we value the connections we make with our students and work with them individually to create a plan that helps them reach their goals. We take great pride in helping our students graduate in four years and providing them the skills to be successful as they enter the workforce.”
— Brandon Porter, Carthage Registrar