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|Religious affiliation||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Endowment||$51.0 million "Report on Giving 2011". Carthage College. Retrieved December 5, 2011.|
|President||Dr. Gregory Woodward|
|Location||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America|
|Nickname||Red Men and Lady Reds|
Carthage College is a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Situated in Kenosha, Wisconsin midway between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the campus is on the shore of Lake Michigan and is home to 2,500 full-time and 900 part-time students.
Carthage awards the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in more than 40 subject areas, and the Master of Education degree. Carthage also hosts the Loyola University Chicago Master of Social Work graduate degree program.
The Carthage faculty comprises nearly 150 scholars, 90 percent of whom hold the doctorate or other terminal degree. Gregory S. Woodward is the president of Carthage, the 22nd in its history.
Carthage College was founded by Lutheran pioneers in education in 1847 in Hillsboro, Illinois as The Literary and Theological Institute of the Lutheran Church in the Far West. The name was soon shortened to Hillsboro College. In 1852 the college moved to Springfield, Illinois and operated under the name Illinois State University. In 1870 the college moved again, this time to the rural, west-central city of Carthage, Illinois, where the college acquired its current name. By 1916, the College gained accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and received the association's highest rating of "A" — one of only four colleges in Illinois to gain this honor. The Great Depression and World War II lowered enrollment to 131 students in 1943. Ten years later, the Board of Trustees agreed to consider relocating Carthage once again. By 1962, Carthage had established its lakeshore campus in Kenosha, Wis., and the College launched an era of exciting growth.
During the 2000s, a new state-of-the-art library (Hedberg Library) and athletic center (Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center) have been opened, the old library was turned into the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business, and the former Physical Education Center was rebuilt and renamed the Tarble Arena. The Oaks, the new student village overlooking Lake Michigan, features six villas with semi-private suites and a media lounge on each floor.
In Fall 2011, a new student union opened on the site of the former W. F. Seidemann Natatorium. The new building features a new press box, new bleachers (relocating Carthage fan seating from the west to the east side of Art Keller Field), a new and larger bookstore, new dining options, a campus "living room", a new dining room, a 200-seat theatre, an art gallery, and a gaming area. In April 2012 the student center was formally dedicated and named the Campbell Student Union in honor of retiring President F. Gregory Campbell and his wife, Barbara, for their 25 years of service to Carthage. President Campbell retired in August 2012.
Carthage claims a long-standing commitment to educating the whole person by nourishing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical dimensions of students' lives. The College's stated mission is to offer:
- 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.
Carthage offers 24 NCAA Division III sports including men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's volleyball, and women's water polo.
Carthage teams regularly win championships in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). About a third of Carthage students are involved in varsity intercollegiate athletics, and another third participate in the many intramural and club sports offered.
The Men's Baseball Team, led by Augie Schmidt IV has been arguably the most successful program on campus. The Men's Baseball team has established themselves as a Division III powerhouse averaging over 35 wins/season from 1990-2010 with an overall record of 702-237 during this timespan. They have been invited to the NCAA Division III World Series multiple times, finishing 3rd in 2009. The Baseball Team typically has at least 1 All-American and has had several players drafted, Jeff Livek, 2008, NY Yankees most recently.
In 23 seasons, Schmidt has transformed the Red Men from CCIW basement-dwellers to national contenders. Under his tenure, Carthage has claimed eight outright CCIW divisional titles, one divisional-title tie, nine conference crowns, 16 NCAA regional berths, including nine-straight from 1992–2000, six regional titles, third-place finishes in both the 1993 and 1994 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships and fourth place in both 1995 and 1997. For his efforts, Schmidt has been named American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond Sports NCAA Division III Central Regional "Coach Of The Year" nine times (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2009), won the ABCA/Louisville Slugger Conference Award seven times from 1993–99, and has been named CCIW "Baseball Coach of the Year" on 10 occasions (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2009).
In 2004, the Redmen football team set a school record for most wins in a season going 11-2. That season was also the first time the Redmen made the NCAA Division III playoffs since the school joined the NCAA in 1976. Carthage would go on to win their first two games of the playoffs beating Alma College in Alma, Michigan 31-28 and then defeating Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio 14-7. The Redmen then traveled to face the number one team in Division III football, Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. The teams were back and forth for around three quarters but Carthage was overpowered in the fourth quarter and lost 38-20. The Redmen finished the season ranked 5th in the nation according to the D3football.com website.
D3hoops.com awarded Point Guard Antoine McDaniel ('02) and Power Forward Jason Wiertel ('02) a spot on their All-Decade Team, for the first ten years of D3hoops.com's existence (1997–2007). In 2011, 2-Time All-American Steve Djurickovic ('11) passed Wiertel to become Carthage's all-time leading scorer with 2,114 points (and counting). Djurockovic holds career records for Points (2,321), Assists (587), Free Throws made (765), and Free Throws attempted (911). Djurickovic is also the 15th player in CCIW history to break the 2,000 point scoring plateau and ranks 4th on that list.
In 2005, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled that Carthage, along with several other colleges, would be ineligible to host NCAA-sanctioned playoffs and tournaments because their nickname, "Redmen", was perceived as an offensive reference to Native Americans. A decision was made to rename the Carthage men's teams the "Red Men". This is in accordance with the circa 1920 origin of the name—the team's red uniform jersey—while removing any possible controversial connotations. In conjunction with the rearticulation of the name, a new logo for the team replaced the traditional feathered Carthage C. It includes a torch, a shield, and a C.
Conference affiliation 
Carthage College was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912 to 1941. After competing as an independent for five years, Carthage College became a founding member of the College Conference of Illinois, now known as the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, in 1946, a membership it has maintained to this time.
Notable alumni 
- Alden W. Clausen - former President of the World Bank
- Katie Cleary- American model and actress 
- Tony D'Souza - novelist
- Steve Hanson - NFL player
- John Hay - American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, Secretary to the President of the United States, and assistant to Abraham Lincoln
- David Holliday - Broadway, film, and television actor
- Alie "Muffy" Israel - track and field sprinter
- Jim Jodat - NFL player
- Susan Lee Johnson - historian and professor 
- William George Juergens - former United States federal judge
- Laura Kaeppeler - 2012 Miss America Winner
- Rick Kehr - NFL player
- Jon Kukla - author and historian 
- Scott M. Ladd - Iowa Supreme Court justice
- Robert Larsen - college football coach and athletic director
- Paul Miller - MLB player
- Marie Sarantakis - author
- Fernando Sanford - founding faculty member and physics professor at Stanford University
- Charles Sommers - founder, writer, director for Wisconsin Hybrid Theater (Radio WHT)
- John Wager - NFL player
- Adam Walker - NFL player
Notable faculty 
- Thomas Carr, paleontologist
- Alice L. Kibbe, biologist
- Yuri Maltsev, economist
- Karl E. H. Seigfried, musician and Norse mythologist
- Mark R.V. Southern, linguist
- Carthage College website
- Carthage College athletics website
- Google Maps picture of Carthage College
- Hillsboro Academy, Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois