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Life at Carthage

Support and Services

College isn’t easy, obviously. Mastering new skills, expanding every part of your brain, gaining knowledge, and preparing for the Real World is going to take a lot out of you. Fortunately, Carthage surrounds you with the tools and support you need to succeed.

Support

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success is a one-stop shop for all your student needs. Want to get more involved on campus? Feeling a little lost in your classes? Need some advice on something academic, financial, or personal? Stop by the Center for Student Success, located in the Todd Wehr Center, or call 262-551-5800.
Todd Wehr Center

Advising

Professional advisors help students schedule classes and improve academic performance. Advisors are available to discuss co-curricular and extracurricular activities, and to work with you to create your long-term academic and career plans.
Center for Student Success, Todd Wehr Center

Career Services

Career Services offers career counseling, interest and ability assessment, internship and job search assistance, on-campus interviewing, career development workshops, and guidance with graduate school selection and application.
Upper floor, Lentz Hall

Health & Counseling Center

The Carthage Health and Counseling Center assists students in addressing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. All services are free and confidential, and are provided by experienced professionals trained to help young adults.
N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center

Library & Technology

Hedberg Library staff can help you with all kinds of research and technology needs. Need sources for an upcoming paper? Can’t get connected to Carthage WIFI? Having trouble with Google apps, campus printers or copiers, or your own computer or mobile device? Need to borrow a laptop, iPad, video camera? Want to borrow a movie? Start at the Library Help Desk and get just about every answer you need.
Hedberg Library

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar maintains the official academic records for Carthage students, and assists students in class registration, degree audits, and more.
Upper floor, Lentz Hall

Office of Student Financial Planning

The Office of Student Financial Planning offers assistance with financial aid, work-study, finding campus employment, finding scholarship opportunities, even filling out the FAFSA.
Upper floor, Lentz Hall

Security

Carthage College Security operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to promote a safe environment in which our community members can live and learn. You will see Security staff and vehicles all over campus, or call 262-551-5911 or use one of the blue light Security phones.
Todd Wehr Center

Tutoring Center

If you feel that you are starting to fall behind in a class, schedule time with a tutor. The Carthage Tutoring Center offers free assistance in all subjects.
Hedberg Library

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion provides information about diversity-related programming at Carthage, as well as a directory of diversity-related resources for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community.
Lentz Hall

Writing Center

The Brainard Writing Center is a free resource available to all members of the Carthage community. Whether you need help determining a topic, formulating a thesis statement, organizing your thoughts, or polishing your final draft, the Writing Center is here to help.
Upper level, Hedberg Library

Peer Coaching for Freshmen

All Carthage freshmen are paired with a Success and Engagement Coach to guide them during their first year of college. Coaches are Carthage sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have completed intensive leadership training. Coaches help first-year students get involved in campus activities, utilize campus resources, and connect with their professors and other students.

 

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), 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 and 2017, 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. 11 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 …

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