Carthage College
Year established: 1847
Type of school: college, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Campus enrollment: 2,757 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, founded as coeducational institution
Location description: in or near a large town (pop. 25,000-75,000)
Application fee: $25, or for children and grandchildren of alumni/ae

Street address: Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
Mailing address: Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
Main telephone numbers: 262 551-8500
800 351-4058 (toll free)
262 551-6208 (fax)

Carthage College
Main homepage:
Campus map:

SAT number: 1103
ACT number: 4571
FAFSA number: 003839
FICE number: 3839

Since its founding by Lutheran pioneers in 1847, Carthage has been dedicated to a tradition of excellence in liberal arts education and service to humankind. Located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the college is a private, four-year institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Students study the classic works of the arts, humanities, and sciences and at the same time explore how new technologies shape the future.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2006-07 academic year.

Carthage College
Admissions officer: Brenda Poggendorf,
Vice President for Enrollment
Contacting the office: 262 551-6000
800 351-4058 (toll free)
262 551-5762 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Priority filing date for fall: December 11
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 3%
Application fee: $25, or for children and grandchildren of alumni/ae
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: no
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Visit for interview by: April
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT required, SAT II not used
School's test preference: ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received: August 15 for SAT I/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 recommended
Lab: 2 recommended
Math: 3 recommended
Science: 3 recommended
Social studies: 3 recommended
Academic electives: 3 recommended
Total: 18 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: yes
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: yes

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank considered
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.2
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 100%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 19%
Top quarter: 43%
Top half: 75%
Bottom half: 25%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 89%
Average SAT I: 542 verbal, 547 math, 1113 combined
Combined SAT I middle 50% range: 930 - 1170
Average ACT: 22 English, 22 math, 24 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 21 - 26
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 8%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 97%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis

Number of completed applications received: 4,495
Number of applicants offered admission: 3,464 (77%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 663 (19%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 89%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 67%
Tuition deposit amount: $300, refundable May 1
Admission may be deferred: yes

Semester/term begin dates: in early September.
Calendar system: 4-1-4 system (two semesters & one-month January interterm)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in September and February.
Number and length of summer sessions: Two summer sessions, one of two weeks and one of eight weeks.

Majors with the highest enrollment: business administration/management, social sciences
Majors with the lowest enrollment: economics, physics, recreational management
Average freshman GPA: 2.66 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 75%
Student:Faculty ratio: 16:1
Total faculty: 131 men, 79 women, 210 total
Full-time faculty: 86 men, 40 women, 126 total
Part-time faculty: 30 men, 40 women, 70 total
Graduation rate: 56% within six years

Carthage College
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: yes
There are religious requirements for graduation: yes
Minimum GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Many minors offered.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-theology, pre-optometry, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Physical Therapy
Education certifications:
elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education
Cooperative education programs:
engineering, health professions
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: no
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs: Washington Semester (American University), Individual Study Abroad /Trips
Study abroad opportunities:
Other special or unique academic programs:
Heritage Studies, Carthage Symposium, Senior Thesis, Writing Across the Curriculum
Army ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Asian Studies
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Elementary/Middle Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Information Systems
  • International Political Economy
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Middle/Secondary Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Paralegal
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education/Sport & Fitness Instruction
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Renewable Resources
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

Credit placement options:
  • placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • credit for CLEP general
  • credit for CLEP subject
  • credit for Regents College Exams (RCE)
  • credit for DANTES
  • placement for school's own challenge exams
  • credit for relevant military experience
  • credit for international baccalaureate

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Robert Helgeson,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 262 551-6001
800 351-4058 (toll free)
262 551-5762 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003839

Undergraduate tuition: $25,000; $25,000 out-of-state
Book fees: $1,200
Miscellaneous expenses: $2,500
Combined room and board expenses: $7,000 - $7,000


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAFebruary 15yesN/A

Applied for financial aid:
91% of first-year students
85% of full-time undergraduates
60% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
80% of first-year students
82% of full-time undergraduates
85% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
94% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
100% of first-year students
99% of full-time undergraduates
66% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
80% of first-year students
81% of full-time undergraduates
90% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
15% of first-year students
14% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
25% of first-year students
30% of full-time undergraduates
23% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
69% for first-year students
71% for full-time undergraduates
57% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$15,031 for first-year students
$15,224 for full-time undergraduates
$5,123 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$11,259 for first-year students
$10,654 for full-time undergraduates
$2,620 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$4,688 for first-year students
$5,760 for full-time undergraduates
$3,757 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$4,417 for first-year students
$5,608 for full-time undergraduates
$3,757 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
25% of first-year students
28% of full-time undergraduates
11% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$12,500 for first-year students
$11,784 for full-time undergraduates
$5,580 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 22%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • State Loans
  • College/University Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 0%
Types of payment plans:
  • school's own payment plan(s)
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
  • special achievements/activities
  • special characteristics
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 1,081 men, 1,566 women, 2,647 total
Full-time undergraduates: 940 men, 1,238 women, 2,178 total
Part-time undergraduates: 141 men, 328 women, 469 total
Total graduate students: 26 men, 84 women, 110 total
Full-time graduate students: 2 men, 2 total
Part-time graduate students: 24 men, 84 women, 108 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 20
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 52%
First-year student breakdown:
2.8% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.5% American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.5% Asian or Pacific Islander
3.5% Hispanic
82.4% White (non-Hispanic)
0.2% total international (nonresident aliens)
8.3% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
3.8% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.5% Asian or Pacific Islander
4.4% Hispanic
79.2% White (non-Hispanic)
0.6% total international (nonresident aliens)
10.3% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 95 acres
City or town school is located in: Kenosha
Population of city/town: 90,000
Nearest major city: Milwaukee
Distance of nearest major city: 36 miles
Population of nearest major city: 650,000
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: No. Housing only available for students 24 years of age or younger
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (63%)
  • women's dorms (15%)
  • men's dorms (2%)
  • sorority housing (6%)
  • fraternity housing (5%)
  • single-student apartments (2%)
  • special housing for disabled students (1%)
  • other housing including Best Western Hotel (6%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 96%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 66%
Percent of students who live off campus: 34%
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 50%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: no

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 115
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
Center for Children's Literature; Staubitz Archive
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, planetarium, undergraduate science research lab, graphic design lab, greenhouse, computer/math research lab, physics research lab, ScienceWorks lab, A.W. Clausen Center Boardroom

Remedial learning services:
writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service
Counseling services:
career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, reader services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 98%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 8
Percent of men who join fraternities: 30%
Number of social sororities on campus: 7
Percent of women who join sororities: 29%
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, radio station
School newspaper(s): The Current
Total number of registered organizations: 90
Campus-based religious organizations:
CUMBYA (Carthage Undergraduates Making Big Youth Activities), Gospel Messengers, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Fellowship, Christian Ministry Council, Lutheran Student Ministries
Minority student organizations:
Black Student Union, Gospel Messengers, Latinos Unidos, Sigma Omega Sigma, United Women of Color
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
Circle K International, CURE (Carthage United to Rescue the Earth), Carthage Democrats, Carthage Republicans, Debate Team, International Friendship Society, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Students in Free Enterprise, Table Tennis Club, Pals and Partners, 10% Society, Centrique, The Driftwood, WAVE Radio Station, Beta Phi Epsilon, Delta Omega New, Delta Upsilon, Phi Kappa Sigma, Tau Delta Psi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Pi Delta Chi, Tau Sigma Chi, Tau Sigma Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Phi Eta, Pi Theta, Sigma Alpha Chi, Sigma Omega Sigma, Hall Council, Interfraternity Council, Independent National Greek Council, Panhellenic Council, Residence Life Council, Student Government, Alpha Psi Omega, Carthage Accounting Association, Carthage Student National Education Association, The Council for Exceptional Children, International Political Economy, Lambda Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Phi Lambda Mu, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Social Work Club, Theta Chi Delta, Wisconsin Education Association, ALLY, Carthage Activities Board, Carthage Commuter Association, Carthage Red Hots

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Robert R. Bonn,
Director of Athletics
Director of women's athletics: Leanne Ulmer
School colors: Red, white and black
School mascot: Torchie
Athletic conference memberships: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (Division III)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballnoNCAA Div. III
Men's basketballnoNCAA Div. III
Men's cross-countrynoNCAA Div. III
Men's footballnoNCAA Div. III
Men's golfnoNCAA Div. III
Men's soccernoNCAA Div. III
Men's swimmingnoNCAA Div. III
Men's tennisnoNCAA Div. III
Men's track and field (indoor)noNCAA Div. III
Men's track and field (outdoor)noNCAA Div. III
Men's volleyballno 
Women's basketballyesNCAA Div. III
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. III
Women's golfyesNCAA Div. III
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. III
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. III
Women's swimmingyesNCAA Div. III
Women's tennisyesNCAA Div. III
Women's track and field (indoor)yesNCAA Div. III
Women's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. III
Women's volleyballyesNCAA Div. III

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 33%
Percent of students in intramural/recreational sports: 50%
Athletic facilities:
athletic and recreation center, aquatic center, physical education center, baseball and softball fields, tennis center
Intramural/Recreational sports:
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, tennis, volleyball

Club sports for men:
ice hockey, volleyball

Club sports for women:
bowling, water polo

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Chicago's O' Hare Internationa (55 miles)
Nearest other airport: Milwaukee's Mitchell Field (36 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Kenosha Chicago Metra service, (2 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Wisconsin Coach in front of ca (near campus)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 52%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: excellent
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 15% immediately, 15% within one year of graduation, 31% within 10 years of graduation
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 97% within six months of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Snap-on, Inc., S.C. Johnson, Abbot Laboratories, Ernst & Young, KPMG
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Masato Mizuno, President & CEO, Mizuno Corporation Debra (Steigerwaldt) Waller, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Jockey International, Inc.

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2006 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 302
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 208 (69%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 79 (38%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 14%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, winter, spring, summer
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript recommended of some
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement recommended of some
  • interview recommended of some
  • standardized test scores recommended of some
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) required of all
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Priority filing date for transfer applicants: February 15 for fall, December 15 for spring
Closing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for winter, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for winter, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C-
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 68 credits from a two-year institution, 106 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 32 to receive a bachelor's degree
Other/Unique transfer policies: Automatic junior standing if student has earned associate of arts degree.

International student contact: Michelle Hamilton,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 262 551-5390

Number of foreign countries represented: 16

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: no
Application closing dates: June 1 for fall, October 1 for winter, November 1 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: yes
Test requirements: TOEFL recommended
Minimum SAT I score: 960 combined
Minimum ACT score: 18 composite
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 500 paper, 173 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: English lab

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes
Number of international applicants who received aid: 12


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesN/AyesN/A

Learning disabled program contact: Diane Schowalter,
Learning Specialist
Contacting the office: 262 551-5802

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Services available to LD students:
diagnostic testing service, note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, reading machines, tape recorders, untimed tests, extended time for tests
LD students are tutored: individually and in small groups
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: no
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

An essay is required: no
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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