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  • Madison Payne

    “Having positive relationships with the faculty here has helped me to create more opportunities for myself at Carthage, and it’s great knowing that I can reach out to any past or present professors if I need help.”

  • Clayton Markech ?24

    “I chose Carthage because I had the opportunity to get large-school experiences at a small school where the professors can get to know me personally.”

  • Elizabeth Neybert ?25

    “My advisors and professors have encouraged me to take risks and take advantage of opportunities that are presented to me. They have helped me grow as a student and as an artist.”

  • Nadia Musaitef ?25

    “I love how small and tight-knit the community is, and I really love the personal relationships that are made here. Carthage is more than just a school — it’s a family.”

  • Jana Ahlstrand

    “I chose Carthage because I wanted a connected community that would make it easy for me to connect and network with people. Because I chose Carthage, I can do so many more things than I would be able to if I chose a bigger school.”

  • Magdalena Werger ?24

    “I was surprised at how smooth the transition from high school to college was! I feel very supported at Carthage, and I know that if I have a question of any sort, there are people all around to help me.”

  • Laura Xiu Hung ?24

    “My classmates and professors make the environment fun and engaging, which really benefits my learning. Carthage professors are clearly passionate about the subjects they teach, and it’s easily reflected in the students’ learning.”

  • Elsie Berg

    “I’ve always felt out of place in life, but here at Carthage, I feel like I’m finally starting to figure out how I fit into the world and what I can make of it.”

  • Juan Alberto Gomez-Solis ?25

    “The professors have all been very generous and passionate about their teaching. I am very grateful they go above and beyond to ensure their students succeed in class! Many of them make the environment comfortable — where you can be your true self.”

  • Abigail Smith

    “Carthage has been instrumental in shaping my artistic journey and providing me with the skills and knowledge I need to pursue my dreams in the art world. I am excited about the future and the possibilities that lie ahead.”

  • Kara R. Oldham

    “I chose Carthage for the location, small class sizes, and the limitless opportunities to pursue your passions. The views don’t hurt either!”

  • Luke Ehlert ?24

    “With the professors being so open and willing to help, I was able to be involved and conduct research as a sophomore. I wouldn’t be able to do that at most other colleges.”

  • Mara Lysne ?25

    “Coming to Carthage was easily the best decision I have ever made. The people here are so kind, the professors are always willing to help and want you to succeed, and there are so many ways to get involved. Carthage will always and forever be one of my favorite places.”

  • Trevor Milne

    “Carthage is a college that provided me with a great education in multiple areas of study. While most other schools are known for either their music or STEM programs, Carthage has great programs for both.”

Just Your Everyday Swim
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While exploring the Caribbean coral reefs and tropical ecosystems, students in the J-Term study tour Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior in Honduras swam with sharks. 
What would you explore during J-Term? The opportunities are endless.

pursue all your passions

At Carthage, students don’t have to choose just one thing

Build on your strengths, discover new interests, and learn all the ways you can shine.

Maya Zenner

Maya Zenner ’25

Majors: Computer Science and Chinese 
Vice President of the Martial Arts Club

Double major PLUS leadership
EQUALS a leg up

“It’s fine if you have no idea what you want your major or minor to be yet! Taking a range of classes helped me to find what I was really interested in and, overall, has made me a more well-rounded person.” 

Read more about Maya

Logan Dales

Logan Dales ’25

Majors: Physics and Studio Art (Ceramics)
NASA’s CubeSat Program, Men’s Swimming 

Scientific inquiry PLUS artistic expression
EQUALS an active mind

“The physics program here is amazing, with connections across the country that I’d hope would make for a great education and help me find a job post-graduation.”

Read more about Logan

Abigail Davidson ?25

Abby Davidson ’25

Major: Allied Health Science (pre-professional phase leading to Master of Athletic Training)
Founder of the Native American Student Association at Carthage

Academic passions PLUS extracurricular ones
EQUAL the Carthage experience

“I have made so many amazing memories in organizations here at Carthage. I hope to continue being involved while pursuing the education of my dreams.” 

Read more about Abby

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Carthage student Evan Blievernicht interned at Snap-on Tools, one of the many global companies he...

Designed exclusively for Carthage students, The Aspire Program merges traditional career development with entrepreneurship. Through specialized coaching, hands-on learning, mentoring, and on-campus activities year-round, we spread the tasks across four years to gently nudge you along toward a great job and a rewarding life.

Learn more about The Aspire Program

Did You Know…

98% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation.

More than 600 new and impending Carthage graduates took part in Commencement weekend May 26-28.

Our promise: All students who enter Carthage College as freshmen will graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree. All students receive personal advising to create a four-year plan tailored to their educational goals. Carthage also assures students will have access to the courses they need to graduate in four years, without an excess course load. You’ll just need to meet a few requirements along the way.

Learn more about the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee

Did You Know…

50+ areas of study mean you can find what fuels you. New programs include engineering science, game development, social justice, film and new media, and theatrical stage management.

Professor Christine Blaine

Carthage professors’ passion for teaching is easy to spot. You’ll often see professors staying after class to make sure students have grasped the material. And while every professor has office hours, students learn fast that professors are always available to help.

Read more about our amazing faculty

Carthage is, at its heart, a liberal arts college, meaning students are encouraged to explore, try new disciplines, and seek out connections between disciplines as they become well-rounded, prepared adults. 

Learn more about finding your purpose at Carthage

Did You Know…

100% of Carthage classes are taught by faculty members (not TAs).

Do More Than Hang Out

Athletics

Majer-Natalie

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The Carthage College women’s wrestling team traveled to North Central College to compete in the NCWWC Region IV Championships on Sunday. After a hard fought day, the Firebirds came away with one national qualifier as Natalie Majer earned her spot in the national championships for the third straight season.

Majer Qualifies for NCAA Championships as Firebirds Compete at NCWWC Regionals

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