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    Ben Gorres

Ben Gorres ’97


Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Greater Wisconsin; Will County, Illinois; Missouri; Youth Options


Lentz Hall 430

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Ben is a director of admissions and financial aid at Carthage, and a 1997 graduate. He grew up in Menasha, Wis., graduating from Menasha High School in 1993. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Carthage. He’s currently living in East Troy, Wis., with his wife, Heather — a fellow ’97 Carthage grad — and their daughter Chloe.

Life before Carthage:

“I worked for Aramark Uniform Services for 11 years before finally coming back to Carthage in 2008.”

Best college search tip:

“Don’t just visit one school, even if you think you’re in love with that school. Go and visit multiple schools and see what you like and don’t like about the different schools. You’ll only know what school is for you when you have a good comparison.”

What do you learn from interacting with Carthage students?

“I’m amazed by how motivated and driven to succeed students are.”

What do you value most about working at Carthage?

“It’s rewarding to interact with families and help them navigate the college search and financial aid process. It’s not always an easy thing to do, especially if you haven’t gone through it before.”


“I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, coaching youth baseball, and watching almost all sports, especially baseball.”

Favorite Carthage tradition?

“Freshman Move-in Day, because it’s the start of a new chapter in so many people’s lives — for students and parents.”

Favorite TV show:

Modern Family

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What would people be surprised to know about you?

“I was a four-year letter-winner on the baseball team at Carthage from 1994 to 1997.”

What can you recommend while visiting Kenosha?

“The marina area with all the park space and access to all of the museums is an area I would recommend visiting. It’s a great part of town to relax and explore at the same time.”

  • Quick Facts

    • 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.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 4 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 …

    • The Princeton Review selected Carthage for its 2016 “Best in the Midwest” college feature.

    • 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 was founded in 1847. That’s 168 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • When it comes to critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication, Carthage seniors score in the top 11 percent nationwide among colleges and universities using the Collegiate Learning Assessment. 

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

    • For seven years running, Carthage students have been selected to conduct research for NASA aboard NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft. If you’re chosen for the Carthage Microgravity Team, you’ll float weightless — and take one giant leap toward a future in engineering, physics, or computer science.

    • 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.

    • 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. Read more about sustainability at Carthage.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.