We asked students: Why did you choose Carthage?

From our small class sizes and welcoming community to our wonderful lake views and location, students shared a lot of reasons why they chose to come to Carthage. Read their responses below.

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“For me, Carthage just checked all my boxes.”

Students studying outside on a bench along campus drive

“When choosing a college, I had to think about what would genuinely make the best learning environment for my undergraduate education. I knew it was important to me to have a close relationship with my classmates and teachers. Carthage offered a beautiful campus and a tight nit community with an affordable price tag. For me, Carthage just checked all my boxes.” — Michael Malyszek ’25, finance major


“The professors are always willing to lend a hand and help you along the way…”

Nursing students participating in a clinical at an off-campus healthcare facility.

“The small class sizes allow students to create friendships and build relationships with professors. The professors are always willing to lend a hand and help you along the way so that you are successful during your time at college and beyond.” — Anissa Acevado ’26, nursing major


“Their relationship with NASA and other companies who are STEM and physics centered…”

Students float upside down during their zero-g flight.

“Another reason I was really attracted to Carthage was the amazing STEM program they have and the close relationship with NASA. I am a physics major with a concentration in astrophysics, so their relationship with NASA and other companies who are STEM and physics centered assured me that I would have many awesome opportunities all four years that would prepare me for when I graduate.” — Skylar Farr ’26, physics major


“Carthage has over a hundred different organizations that students can join…”

Enactus at the Involvement Fair.

“Carthage has over a hundred different organizations that students can join, allowing for students to find community and friends that can support them while they’re here.” — Basil Kiracofe ’27, studio art and political science major


“I couldn’t resist Carthage’s countless study abroad opportunities.”

Grace completed a Lifestyle Travel Photography Independent Study while traveling with students on...

“I couldn’t resist Carthage’s countless study abroad opportunities, and being able to study abroad is something I wanted to do for years.” — Tony Lule ’26, history and Japanese major


“I fell in love with the idea of seeing Lake Michigan every day.”

Red chairs along Lake Michigan

“I fell in love with the idea of seeing Lake Michigan every day as a girl from Colorado, where our biggest lakes can’t begin to compare to the practical ocean right on campus.” — Iris Toney ’25, engineering major


“I felt attached to this campus and the music program.”

Master of Music students and faculty rehearse in the Recital Hall.

“I met a few of the professors in the department before committing, and they excited me about my future in music. My grandparents attended Carthage when the campus was in Illinois. I felt attached to this campus and the music program because of my grandma’s love for music. Everything felt right.” — Danae Palmer ’25, musical theatre major


“Carthage’s inclusive and collaborative environment empowers me…”

Students in a classroom.

“Carthage’s inclusive and collaborative environment empowers me to continue my passion for helping others and making a meaningful impact on campus and beyond.” — Summer Zilisch ’26, neuroscience and psychology major


“It is a beautiful campus placed between two cities full of opportunity.”

Students take advantage of an on-campus Pre-Health fair to learn more about available opportuniti...

“I chose Carthage because of the immense amount of connections you can gain through school-sponsored events. Additionally, it is a beautiful campus placed between two cities full of opportunity.” — Driedyn O’schay Hernandez ’26, finance, marketing, and management major


“I chose Carthage because it offered me opportunities that are almost nonexistent at this level in the U.S.”

A paleontology student holding a fossil.

“I chose Carthage because it offered me opportunities that are almost nonexistent at this level in the U.S. The Carthage Institute of Paleontology, along with the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, provided me with ways to improve my skills in writing, interpersonal communication, and research, and to learn skills to give me a competitive chance to get into graduate school. Because of Prof. Carr and Megan Seitz, the three main pillars of paleontology are offered at Carthage: research, fieldwork, and laboratory work.” — Brett Jackson ’25, biology major (paleontology track)

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