Incoming students at Carthage College have set a new record as the largest incoming class. The class of 2021 was able to participate in their orientation in person.

The orientation schedule filled the three day Labor Day weekend. After moving into the residence halls, students gathered with their families for two community welcome sessions on Sept. 4 in the TARC Field House.

“The next four years will transform you in a way you never thought possible,” Ashley Hanson, associate vice president of admissions, told the newcomers. “You are now Carthaginians.”

Welcoming Students

The official enrollment count will take place on Oct. 1. The incoming class remains on pace for an all-time best with 850 total students. 765 of those students are freshmen and 85 of them are transfer students. These students come from 26 U.S. states and six foreign countries.

The diversity of the student body continues to rise. About 31% of this fall’s incoming students report a race other than white. Measured by GPA, test scores, and class ranking, the Class of 2025 is one of the strongest that Carthage has seen. The most popular areas of study are nursing, biology, psychology, management, marketing, criminal justice, and education.

A Message from the Student Body President

Jordyn Kaplan ’22, is this year’s student body president at Carthage College. In addition to Student Government, this individual is involved in Pre-Health Club and multiple NCAA Division III sports: track and field and swimming and diving.

She encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn and grow on campus.

“My involvement will look different than the ways you get involved, and that’s OK,” said Jordyn, a neuroscience major from Parker, Colorado. “Each one of us will find ourselves in and part of a community that makes sense for us,” says Kaplan.

Additional Notes

Ayanna Crenshaw ’24 also offered the freshmen some tips.

Sharing some hard lessons she learned as a young student-athlete, Ayanna urged the new students to ride out the ups and downs – and to learn from both.

“You won’t always make the right choice. We all slip up in life,” she said. “Hold yourself accountable for your actions, then show yourself some grace.”

Dozens of returning Carthage students worked as orientation leaders, conducting small group sessions to break the ice and get the first-year students off and running. Larger orientation sessions focused on career development, academic support services, campus safety, and belonging.

Students from Racine County Attending Carthage:
  • Wolfgang Cramer of Racine (53403)
  • Maria Guereca of Racine (53405)
  • Hannah Hansen of Mt Pleasant (53406)
  • Titonaro Bumpus of Racine (53403)
  • Kenneth Christensen of Union Grove (53182)
  • Araseli Sandoval of Racine (53404)
  • Cassandra Vassar of Caledonia (53402)
  • George Sims of Racine (53402)
  • Terryon Bumpus of Racine (53403)
  • Juan Casares of Racine (53403)
  • Shantell Moore of Racine (53403)
  • Gabrielle Gleason of Racine (53406)
  • Logan Marino of Racine (53403)
  • Jayden Edwards of Racine (53402)
  • Payton Church of Racine (53405)
  • Vincent Wentorf of Racine (53405)
  • Gabriel Brandies of Racine (53403)
  • Joanna Caro of Racine (53406)
  • Joseph Zuleger of Burlington (53105)
  • Ian Rognerud of Racine (53403)
  • Hailey Mattek of Racine (53406)
  • Cullen Krogh of Racine (53405)
  • Bennett Spolar of Racine (53405)
  • Iman Deanparvar of Mount Pleasant (53403)
  • Tijana Nedeljkovic of Racine (53406)
  • Dominic Gullo of Racine (53406)
  • Erin Gasser of Burlington (53105)
  • Diego Fuentes of Franksville (53126)
  • Emily Kelley of Racine (53403)
  • Araya Cannalte of Racine (53406)
  • Grace Hunnicutt of Racine (53402)
  • Brooke Westfall of Racine (53405)
  • Anthony Aviles of Sturtevant (53177)
  • Natalie Vitek of Franksville (53126)
  • Gabriella Angelini of Racine (53406)
  • Maleah Mcknight of Racine (53403)
  • Donovan Wilson of Racine (53402)
  • Ydalia De Leon of Caledonia (53108)
  • George Williams of Racine (53402)
  • Keegan Ryan of Racine (53403)
  • Angelica Spino of Racine (53402)
  • Aryana Kovach of Union Grove (53182)
  • Chloe Conover of Mount Pleasant (53406)
  • Emily Hart of Racine (53406)
  • Zahara Streeter of Racine (53405)
  • Katherine Nelson of Racine (53403)
  • Yaritza Perez of Racine (53403)
  • Kody Krekling of Racine (53403)
  • Jessica Schultz of Sturtevant (53177)
  • Connor Goodno of Racine (53402)
  • Jax Calverley of Mount Pleasant (53403)
  • Aurora Santos of Racine (53403)
  • Riley La Fave of Racine (53406)
  • Nicole Mills of Racine (53405)
  • Elisa Douglas of Racine (53404)
  • Elaina Kadamian of Racine (53405)
  • Maya Zenner of Sturtevant (53177)
  • Tyler Hunter of Burlington (53105)
  • Eleanor Riley of Sturtevant (53177)
  • Carmen Sosa of Union Grove (53182)
  • Abigail Roushia of Racine (53405)

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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