We know reputation matters, and Carthage goes toe-to-toe with colleges and universities many times our size. Our programs consistently earn accolades in academics, research, performing arts, and athletics.

Review Our Resumé

To paraphrase a popular quote, it’s not bragging if it’s based on facts. Here’s a small sampling of Carthage’s latest rankings and honors:

  • Carthage is one of America’s best colleges, according to The Wall Street Journal and College Pulse (2024). Only three private schools in Wisconsin earned that distinction, which is based on surveys of students and alumni, as well as graduation and salary data.
  • The Princeton Review names Carthage one of the Midwest’s best colleges (2024). 
  • Carthage ranks among the top 20 for best value and No. 7 for best undergraduate teaching in the region, according to U.S. News & World Report (2024).
  • For its commitment to keep students on track to graduate, Carthage earned a 2023 Leading Colleges Retention Award. Only 25 schools nationwide were recognized. 
  • For more than a decade, the Carthage Microgravity Team has partnered with NASA and aerospace companies to solve problems in space.
  • Carthage Theatre won the Citizen Artist Award three times in the first six years it was presented at the Kennedy Center’s annual festival, along with many other accolades for its original plays.
  • The Firebirds won back-to-back NCAA Division III championships (2021 and 2022) in men’s volleyball, and our student-athletes have earned 22 individual national titles.

Start Exploring

Erik Kulke “Carthage values the experiences and opportunities available to our students. Our faculty are, individually and collectively, dedicated to providing robust, potentially transformative educational programming.”

Prof. Erik Kulke, Director, Education Abroad; Assistant Professor of Modern Languages