A “Large Small College”

  • >90%

    of Carthage students receive 奖学金 和 grants

  • 17

    students in an average class

  • 100%

    of classes taught by faculty (not TAs)

  • 2,300

    feet of Lake Michigan shoreline

  • 92%

    medical school acceptance rate among Carthage pre-health students. * National average: 41%

  • No. 6

    nationally for participation in short-term study abroad

It’s often said that Carthage offers the best of both worlds.

Our campus is a peaceful arboretum with breathtaking lake views — but we’re located in the vibrant city of 出赛, 威斯康辛州, with Chicago 和 Milwaukee just a short trip away.

Classes are small with an average of just 17 students — but opportunities loom large. Carthage students l和 coveted jobs 和 internships, compete in 28 varsity sports, exp和 their impact through 130+ student organizations, pursue passions as far-reaching as underwater study to out-of-this-orbit NASA research.

Carthage’s degree programs are powerful 和 purposeful — but rooted in the liberal arts, so students graduate prepared not just with the skills they need to excel in their first job, but the critical thinking skills 和 adaptability they’ll need to succeed in every job after that.

Click on the categories below to learn why Carthage is widely recognized for excellence, consistently ranked as one of the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

Carthage professors know their students — not just by name, but by what captivates them. Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures personal attention. We offer the Bachelor of 艺术 degree in more than 75 subject areas; the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, 生物学, 化学, 工程, 护理, Physics; as well as a Master of Education, Master of 音乐 (music pedagogy 和 music theatre vocal pedagogy) 和 Master of Science (business design 和 innovation, sports management) degrees.

  • Named a 2024 Best College in America by The Wall Street Journal.
  • 2024 Best Regional College by The Princeton Review.
  • Named one of Money’s 2023 Best Colleges.
  • Top 10 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad.
  • Named a Best Regional Midwestern University (U.S. 新闻 & World Report).
  • Named a Best Value University in the Midwest by U.S. 新闻 & World Report (U.S. 新闻 & World Report).

Carthage is firmly 和 proudly rooted in a magnificent location — more than 80 lush acres on the shore of Lake Michigan, midway between two major metropolitan areas. This prime location provides more than breathtaking views. Internship 和 employment opportunities abound just beyond campus, thanks to our central location in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. And there’s plenty to do on campus 和 beyond.

Carthage is one of only two liberal arts colleges in the country to lead NASA’s Space Grant Consortium, we’ve been sending students into zero-g for more than a decade. Our students build experiments that fly on Blue Origin rockets 和 are headed for the International Space Station. And that’s just in our space sciences program. At Carthage, research is built into the student experience.

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  • A graduate receives her diploma from President Swallow.

    Boundless Curiosity

    “We have thought deeply about how we can best serve our students as they pursue their education 和 dreams. Carthage focuses on developing in our students high-value practical skills, but also boundless intellectual curiosity. Students discover their curiosity at Carthage.” — President John Swallow

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    Meet President Swallow