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At Carthage, our dedicated faculty and immersive academic experiences help students uncover new passions and ignite their true potential. We asked students to share how Carthage has shaped the way they view their future.

We asked: “How has Carthage shaped your view?”

“Carthage changed the way I think about research. When I came here, I never thought I would want a job in scientific research. The opportunities here have opened new doors for me.” — Allie Steffen ’18

“Carthage shaped my view by challenging me at the highest level academically and athletically. The first semester of my freshman year, I was able to engage in novel biological research and compete on the women’s volleyball team, which reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. There is no better place to be a student athlete.” — Megan Fallert ’18

“At Carthage, my professors have motivated and inspired me. They have sparked my curiosity to do research, and have taught me to never stop learning and obtaining knowledge about the world.” — Denise Vega Ruvalcaba ’15

“Carthage has shown me how to look at the world critically and find my own way.” — Tyler Witzleb ’16

“Carthage has made me an overall better student. I love going to class and speaking with professors and other students. Everyone waves at you and smiles. Everyone is just so friendly, which can be hard to find.”
— Waverly Matthei ’17

“I’ve come to realize that there’s more to the world than the environments I’ve already been exposed to.”
— Danielle Targosz ’17

“For me, the faculty and staff made the greatest impact. They were encouraging, guiding, caring, and insightful.”  — Kristin Gauger-Kiraly ’15

“Carthage has helped me find my passion for physics,
and find friends for life.” — Jordan Rice ’17

“Carthage has shown me opportunities I didn’t know existed, and changed how I see education, and the world.” — Erik Thorkelson ’17

“The friendly and knowledgeable faculty really make you feel like you can accomplish anything here at Carthage.” — Nicole Otero ’17

“Carthage has helped me to develop as a leader inside and outside the classroom. I have learned a lot about myself and my future career.” — Adam Milano ’16

“Carthage College has taught me what my strengths are. It showed me that I can be more than just one thing.” — Hailey Hathaway ’17

“Carthage has allowed me to break out of my shell and make connections with friends and professors.”
— Tarrin Beck ’17

“Carthage has turned me into someone who really cares about my community and given me the skills to help shape that community.” — Jason Hendricks ’16

“Carthage has taught me that sometimes life does not go as planned, and it can be awesome!” — Madeline Owca ’19

“Carthage has given me a supportive community, challenged me to grow, and provided me with leadership opportunities.” — Alex Ash ’16

“Carthage has prepared me and has made me a global citizen with a more worldly view.”
— Brittney Frederick ’17

“Carthage has opened my eyes to differences in global cultures and how important cross-cultural understanding is.” — Jessie Bingaman ’16

“Carthage has really instilled a want to learn and a passion for knowledge.” — Aliyah Caraballo ’17

“Carthage showed me that I can be considered a student and not just a number.” — Jacob Bergman ’16

“Carthage has shown me that anything is possible!” — Taylor Douglas-Perkins ’16

“I found my passion for public relations. I found my dreams are never too big.
I found me, and it’s awesome.” — Nick Cottrell ’16

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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. 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 …