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Cody Taylor ’09


Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Greater Illinois and Lake County, Illinois


Lentz Hall 430

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Cody is an associate director of admissions and financial aid at Carthage. Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, he is a 2009 graduate of Carthage with a degree in exercise and sport science. He completed his Master of Education degree with an emphasis on teacher leadership.

Life before Carthage:

“Before returning to Carthage, I worked in sales while I completed my Master of Education degree here at Carthage.”

Professional interests:

“I like sharing the special atmosphere that we have here at Carthage while helping students decide on the correct school for them.”

Best college search tip:

“Take advantage of all the resources available to you, whether it is meeting with college professors at prospective schools or taking multiple tours. These things will help make the college decision a bit more clear.”

What do you learn from interacting with Carthage students?

“Carthage is an evolving campus that is growing not only in new buildings, opportunities, and technology, but also in the students’ spirits. They are always willing to help each other with a smile. It truly is inspiring.”

What do you value most about working at Carthage?

“The opportunities to be around such great students. It makes my job much more enjoyable to see them succeed.”


“I enjoy golfing, attending Packers and Cubs games, and cooking.”

Favorite Carthage tradition?

“My favorite tradition here at Carthage is the Kissing Rock. Student organizations are always painting it.”

Favorite TV show:

Modern Family and SportsCenter.

Favorite movie:

Goodfellas is my all time favorite movie.”

Favorite sports teams:

The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs

What would people be surprised to know about you?

“I was a soccer goalie and assistant coach here at Carthage. One game my senior year, I had a half a game shutout, a goal, an assist, and a yellow card for excessive celebration.”

What can you recommend while visiting Kenosha?

“Kenosha has an amazing and growing downtown. The harbor area offers some of the best views of Lake Michigan, along with some outdoor dining areas.”

  • Quick Facts

    • 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 …

    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.