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I am a current first year student atQuite BrightMath
I am a current first year student at Carthage. The school is not what college should be like. The school is full of close-minded people, including the faculty. Many of the students at Carthage are all the same. Everyone has their own clique and is content with that. No one is willing to invite others to be a part of their group. The campus itself creates a closed off environment because the dorms house sorority and fraternity floors. The tour guides play this off as "cool", but in reality it causes issues in meeting people. Plus, sometimes freshman get stuck on these special floors and are stuck being the only ones not a part of the sorority or fraternity. The whole campus has a poor sense of community. The semester is almost over and I know absolutely no one on my floor, let alone the rest of campus. Who you meet that first day makes or breaks you. I am not a socially awkward person, but everyone here at Carthage basically is. Everyone here thinks that they're all that. I warn everyone to not listen to what the tour guides and school tells you. They trick you into attending their college. It isn't as great as it seems. Plus the people in the financial aid office are stupid. I know people who had to leave Carthage a week in because they got a letter saying Carthage took away a grant they gave them and had to pay an extra 8,000 a semester to stay. And this year Carthage enrolled too many students and didn't have enough housing. So, these students had to live in a Best Western off campus. They have to be bused to campus. The hotel is about 10 minutes away from campus. Carthage wants to take your money and is basically a school looking for more people to make more money. Their slogan is "radical hospitality" and will try everything to get you to attend. The school's academics are the worst thing I have ever encountered. The small class sizes are great if you struggled in high school, but the intimate environment can get old after awhile. Plus, the classes are a joke. Everyone skips class all the time because you can never go to class and still perform well. I am a math major and am currently in Calculus 2. Just the other day we took a group test in class. Yes, I did just say a group test, in college. It's great if you are struggling in the class, but the class is ridiculously easy so the professor used this test to help boost people's grades who were struggling. Also, in my chemistry class we spent a month learning sig figs. I suggest that anyone who succeeded in high school and is a somewhat bright student to consider elsewhere. Carthage has worn me down and I would hate to see anyone else attend it and feel the way I do. Everything that I have stated will definitely not be shared with you during your visit.
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Campus Aesthetics: A, Useful Schoolwork: F
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I loved attending Carthage.Quite BrightBiology
I loved attending Carthage. However, the Financial Aid office screwed me over so badly that as a middle class student, I had to take out almost 100K in student loans (I would have paid more at Parkside though). It wasn't until my senior year that I found out that I should have gotten more aid and by then it was too late to do anything. Thanks for a lifetime drowning in debt Carthage. Prospective students, bug the crap out of fin aid until they give you what you need.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: C
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I fully regret my decision coming to Carthage.BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
I fully regret my decision coming to Carthage. Never, in my lifetime, I thought I would meet people who thought it was ok to lie to kids & families making the biggest decision of their lives. I will provide you with some facts that will help you make your decision easier.

-Carthage's tuition is $48,835 and it goes up every year. You will not be locked in with the same tuition each year, you will be expected to pay more every year.

-Carthage requires you to live on campus for three years. This doesn't sound so bad, but it is. In the end, if you could live off campus, it would be half of the price than what Carthage charges. If you lived off campus, you also wouldn't have to deal with the terrible corrupt residence life. When the school was founded, they believed this would help kids graduate. The fact of the matter is that Carthage graduates 60%, this is considered below average for the quality of kids they bring in. So, there is a lie. The president was quoted, " We have the housing requirement to make more money." You wonder why? This is because room and board can not be covered by scholarships. So, room and board is straight cash to the school. There are also only two types of places to live in on campus, regular dorms or the Oaks. The Oaks allow you to have your own room, but it only fits you and none of your stuff. The Oaks is full of introverts. If you weren't an introvert before the Oaks, you will be after. Everyone sits in their room alone and watches tv or plays video games.

-My professors were not good. Yuri Maltsev is the only notable faculty. I had one of his classes and he was quoted," If you show up to class, you will at least get a B." He was hard to understand, because he is from Russia. The school also allows him to not have office hours and not respond to emails. This is because the school loves saying they have someone so popular. He did not add my assignment before the semesters end and I could not get a hold of him, so I got a zero. The fact of the matter was that I did not learn a single thing. The professors do not care about the students and will fail you. The problem with that is the professors will not allow you to succeed, they are not good at what they do and it is very hard to learn or figure out what to study.

-The Carthage student body does not have any positivity or school spirit. No one is proud of their school. If someone says they are proud, no one will believe them. I stuck up for this school for a year and tried to believe this was the right place and then I realized, why should I stick up for a school that has not given me anything in return. The admissions reps lied to me and the administration just cares about money.

-Athletics are a joke here. It is division III. The athletes act like they are about to be drafted. I have met division I athletes that are less arrogant. No teams are good, other than mens volleyball. They stick to their own team when they hang out and will look down on you if you're not in a sport. The school also illegally gives scholarships to athletes.

-The advisors used to be good, but in the last year, three of them left for better jobs. No one is paid well here, except the president, who acts as a politician.

-Believe none of the rankings they tell you. They will claim to have a good study abroad, but in the end, you will end up paying $20,000 and not have any credits transfer. You will most likely have to stay another year if you study abroad, they will not tell you this.

-Kenosha is also a sketchy city. In the first week, my friend had a gin pulled on him at the local Taco Bell.

-This schools endowment is a joke. I heard about a school that closed down and it had a larger endowment than Carthage.

-The fact of the matter is that Carthage is ranked #540 overall and charges more than schools in the top 25.

If your not getting a full ride, this school is a borderline scam. Every time I see a tour group on campus, I just start feeling bad. College is a lot of money. Parents work their entire life and save for this. Kids take major loans for this and in the end, the school is simply not worth anything. I will be transferring at the end of the year to a school that is a quarter of the cost, in the top 50, and graduates 85% of their students.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2017
Perceived Campus Safety: B+, Individual Value: F
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