The value of a Carthage education can’t be summed up in percentage points or statistics. But the following quick facts will give you a quick look at what a Carthage education is all about.
- Founded in 1847. (Read more about Carthage’s rich history)
- 80-acre campus on the shore of Lake Michigan. (Read more about our location)
- 2,600 full-time undergraduate students.
- 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. (Read more about our faculty)
- 120+ student organizations. (Read more about student orgs)
- Named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.
- Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1916. (Read more about accreditation)
Academics and Outcomes
- Majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study. (See all areas of study)
- Professors, not teaching assistants, teach all classes. (Read more about our faculty)
- 90% of Carthage professors have the highest degrees in their fields. (Read more about our faculty)
- Average class size is just 17 students. (See course schedules)
- Curriculum designed to cultivate critical thinking and provide hands-on learning. (See the Carthage Plan)
- Seniors perform in the top 11% nationally in critical thinking, writing, and problem solving. (Read about the CLA)
- Monthlong J-Term for travel abroad and in-depth study. (Read about J-Term)
- Ranked No. 5 nationally for student participation in short-term study abroad. (Read why)
- Named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. (Read about Carthage Fulbright winners)
- Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of alumni report landing a satisfying career position or enrollment in graduate school.
- Campus is an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan. (Read more about our location)
- More than $200 million invested in campus facilities in recent years. (See our facilities)
- New Science Center contains a dozen new labs, gathering spaces outside classrooms and faculty offices, and an outdoor classroom overlooking the lake.
- The new Campbell Student Union offers four dining options, a theatre, convenience store, pool tables, and a gaming wall.
- Tarble Arena seats nearly 2,400 for basketball and volleyball games, concerts, and other special events.
- Award-winning Hedberg Library includes a café offering bagels and smoothies.
- N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center has a pool, indoor rock-climbing wall, and more.
- A.W. Clausen Center for World Business features classrooms designed to enable lively discussion, a boardroom for student presentations, and a Starbucks.
- Within an hour’s drive of both Milwaukee and Chicago. (Read more about area attractions)
- Carthage in Chicago program provides option to live, intern, and take classes in a city of 2.7 million.
Enrollment, Admissions, and Financial Aid
- In 2017, 7,678 high school students applied for 710 positions in the freshman class.
- More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. (FAFSA code: 003839)
- Carthage awards more than $1.5 million annually in competitive scholarships. (See a full list of scholarships)
- Average high school GPA for Fall 2017 freshman applicants: 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
- Average ACT composite score: 24.18 for Fall 2017 freshmen.
- Middle 50 percent of ACT scores: 21-27.
- More than 50% of entering students are in the top 20% of their class.
- In Fall 2017, Carthage welcomed its most racially diverse class ever; 28% of incoming students came from diverse populations.
- Approximately 23% of Carthage’s student body self-identified as American Indian, Asian, black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or multiracial in 2017.
- Competitive scholarships in modern languages, business, fine arts, and math and science. (See a full list of scholarships)
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- Visit the Admissions website
- Check out our online viewbook
- 24 NCAA Division III sports. (Visit the Athletics website)
- Teams or individuals in eight spring sports qualified for NCAA postseason competition in 2015.
- Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
- Women’s sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.
- About one-third of Carthage students are involved in varsity intercollegiate athletics, and another one-third participate in intramurals and club sports offered here (men’s and women’s bowling, soccer, and co-ed ice hockey).
- There are more than 120 student organizations on campus.
- Through the Carthage Activities Board (CAB), students pick, plan, and promote weekly campus events from movies, to musicians and bands, to comedians.
- Carthage has 16 active sororities and fraternities and about 20 percent of students are involved in a Greek social organization.
- 70 percent of students live on campus in residence halls and campus apartments; full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus until their senior year.
- The Oaks Residential Village is Carthage’s newest housing option. Its six buildings offer apartment-style living.
- The Center for Faith and Spirituality welcomes those of all faith journeys. Weekly chapel services rooted in the Lutheran tradition and Catholic Mass are offered, along with interfaith discussions.