Carthage College: Narrative Description

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2001 Alford Park Dr.
Kenosha, WI 53140-1994
Tel: (262)551-8500
Free: 800-351-4058
Admissions: (262)551-5850
Fax: (262)551-5762
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1847. Setting: 72-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago and Milwaukee. Endowment: $36.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7471 per student. Total enrollment: 2,679. Faculty: 183 (115 full-time, 68 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 3,670 applied, 74% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 73% from top half. Full-time: 2,061 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 499 students, 75% women, 25% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 11 other countries, 58% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Marquette University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.75 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 7/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 7/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $29,000 includes full-time tuition ($22,500) and college room and board ($6500). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $330 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 25% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Life Council, Alpha Lambda Delta, Circle K, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Pals-n-Partners. Major annual events: homecoming, May Madness, Casino Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,359 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Hedberg Library with 128,551 books, 7,149 microform titles, 425 serials, 4,361 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Gateway Technical College.

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