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Kenosha, WI 53140-1994
p. 262-551-8500
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Carthage College

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Carthage College is a private liberal arts college in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. The school was founded by a group of German Lutherans as The Literary and Theological Institute of the Lutheran Church of the Far West in Hillsboro, Illinois. The school underwent several name and location changes, taking its current name from Carthage, Illinois, a prior location. Today, there are approximately 3,400 students at Carthage. Three-quarters of those attend full-time, and one-quarter part-time.

The college prides itself on prioritizing hands-on learning, small classes, and interdisciplinary study supported by a strong faculty. According to their website, the school offers:

  • a curriculum that challenges students to think critically and express themselves effectively
  • a campus life that encourages involvement and service
  • a community of faith that nurtures spiritual growth and develops moral responsibility
  • co-curricular activities that inspire students to test their own limits and express their individuality.

Still strongly affiliated with the Lutheran Church, the college welcomes students of all faiths.


The school boasts a student-faculty ratio of just 14:1 and an average class size of 17. There are more than 40 majors to choose from, including many common options such as Education and Pre-Law, but also such unique options as Studio Art, Climatology, Jazz Studies, Church Music, and Coaching. It is also possible to self-design a major. In addition to bachelor’s degrees, Master of Education degrees are awarded. The school cooperates with Loyola University Chicago to offer a joint Executive MBA and Master of Social Work.

There are several programs that offer a wide variety of opportunities to students outside of the classroom. In particular, Carthage has a strong reputation for encouraging study abroad and offering many ways to do so.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete 138 credits to graduate. Most classes in the course catalog are worth four credits. Normally, about one-third of coursework a student will take is core material common to all majors, one-third is coursework specific to the student’s major, and the remaining third is comprised of electives. Students are strongly encouraged to sample a variety of electives from across the course catalog in order to explore and develop their interests and understanding of the world. Many students also elect to complete a minor.

Core Requirements

Core classes for all students include two courses in Western Heritage, Understandings of Religion, a mathematics course, an additional religion course, two modern language classes in the same language (which may be Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, or Italian); and two single-credit exercise and sports science classes. Students must also successfully complete a J-Term (an intensive course held in January, between the semesters) class their freshman year, as well as at least one more J-Term during another year.

Carthage Symposium

Carthage Symposium is a team-taught class by two instructors from different departments. Each Symposium is a unique creation of those professors and an exploration of the way their disciplines relate. Depending on the topics and the work involved, Symposiums can be worth either 4 or 8 credits.

Writing Intensive Courses

Writing Intensive Courses, in which students are explicitly taught writing skills in addition to the course content, include Western Heritage I and II, Global Heritage, and the Senior Thesis.

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The school has a rolling admissions policy and reviews applications when they are received. Students interested in applying should contact the school through email, phone, or visiting the admissions office and picking up a form to be mailed in after completion. First year students who are considered are generally recent high school graduates and the admissions officers would like to see a high school transcript, complete with GPA and class rank, along with ACT or SAT scores, and the application fee. Transfer students need to submit the same materials along with all college level transcripts.

Financial Aid

In addition to the many state and federal financial aid options available to students, the school also offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships, including targeted scholarships for transfer students, California residents, and students studying French, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Over 90% of students receive financial aid of some kind.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1912th for the average student loan amount.
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Student Achievement

Carthage College has a strong reputation for turning out successful students. Ninety-five percent of graduates earn their degrees in four years. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of graduates report landing a satisfying career position or enrollment in graduate school.

Clubs and Organizations

There are nearly a hundred student clubs and organizations on campus to fit a variety of personal and professional interests. About 20% of students are involved in one of the 15 sororities and fraternities on campus.

Living on Campus

Nearly 70% of students live in one of the nine residence halls located on campus. Most are traditional dormitories with a variety of singles, doubles, and suite style rooms. Oaks Village also offers apartment-style options. Many Greek organizations are housed within the residence halls.

Dining on Campus

In addition to a traditional college cafeteria, there are a number of convenient eating options on campus. There is a cyber café in the library featuring frozen yogurt and Einstein Bros. Bagels, a Starbucks in the A.W. Clausen Center of Business, and a variety of fast food outlets in the new student union, including Jamba Juice, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and World of Wings.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Red Men and the Lady Reds compete on the intervarsity level in NCAA Division III. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Club sports include hockey, men’s volleyball, and bowling.

In addition to competitive athletic programs, the Athletic and Recreation Center offers a 16 lane swimming pool, indoor rock climbing wall, indoor track, and well-equipped fitness center for student use.


Well known alumni include:

  • Former World Bank President Alden W. Clausen
  • Actress Katie Cleary
  • Novelist Tony D’Souza
  • Iowa Supreme Court Justice Scott M. Ladd
  • NFL players Steve Hanson, Rick Kehr, John Wager, Adam Walker, and Jim Jodat
  • Secretary to Abraham Lincoln, John Hay
  • Historian Susan Lee Johnson
  • Miss Wisconsin 2011 Laura Marie Kaeppeler
  • Author and historian Jon Kukla

Information Summary

Ranks 17th in Wisconsin and 669th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 37 1.20
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.03
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 130 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 50 0.05
Robbery 99 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 566 0.57
Larceny 2,329 2.34
Vehicle theft 136 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kenosha, WI 53140-1994
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population28,628 (28,287 urban / 341 rural)
Households10,993 (2.46 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,909
Families6,645 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church
Congressional District5501

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 326th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $34,850 $34,850 $34,850
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $485 $485 $485
FT Graduate Tuition $34,850 $34,850 $34,850
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $510 $510 $510
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,050 $48,050 $48,050
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,050 $48,050 $48,050
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,550 $38,550 $38,550

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $31,300 $33,000 $31,300 $33,000 $31,300 $33,000
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,600 $9,000
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,600 $9,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,500(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,174 (3,093 male / 4,081 female)
Admitted 5,035 (2,176 male / 2,859 female)
Admission rate 70%
First-time Enrollment 726 (366 male / 360 female)
FT Enrollment 714 (364 male / 350 female)
PT Enrollment 12 (2 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment2,988

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Basketball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Baseball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Track & Field Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc

ACT Test Admission

354th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

516th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,783
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 14 30 15 3 460 50 572
Accounting 2 1 20 3 26
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Art Teacher Education
Asian Studies/Civilization 2 1 3
Athletic Training/Trainer 4 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 5 25 2 34
Business Administration and Management, General 7 1 1 45 3 57
Chemistry, General 1 12 3 16
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 8 1 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 4 2 7
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 2 3
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 18 1 21
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 7 1 8
Economics, Other 1 5 6
Education, Other 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 2 12 2 17
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 38 1 42
English Language and Literature, General 2 14 16
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1
Environmental Science 4 1 5
Finance, General 1 7 1 9
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 6 1 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
Geography 1 9 10
German Language and Literature 4 4
Graphic Design 9 2 11
History, General 2 1 17 20
Information Science/Studies
International Economics 1 5 6
Japanese Language and Literature 1 2 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 22 4 27
Marketing Research 16 3 19
Mathematics, General 22 1 23
Music, General 10 10
Neuroscience 1 1 11 13
Philosophy 1 1 2
Physics, Other 5 5
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 9 2 14
Psychology, General 1 3 25 4 33
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 6 6
Reading Teacher Education
Religion/Religious Studies 4 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences, General 8 1 9
Social Work 2 2 10 3 17
Sociology 1 1 2
Spanish Language and Literature 1 9 10
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 1 19 6 29
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1428th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,738 ($72,255 male / $59,743 female)
Number of FT Faculty 149 (90 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 330
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,845,614

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