Carthage’s largest incoming class spreads its wings


Merit Pages press release:

September 28, 2021

By once again hosting in-person orientation activities for new students, Carthage welcomed a record-breaking incoming class in fall 2021.

Spread over three days, the orientation program filled the Labor Day weekend. After moving into the residences, the students reunited with their families for one of two community welcome sessions on September 4 at TARC Field House.

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

On their way to the official enrollment tally on October 1, the incoming class remains on pace with the best 850 of all time – with 765 freshmen and 85 transfer students enrolled on September 1. They come from 26 US states and six foreign countries.

The diversity of the student body continues to increase. About 31% of incoming students this fall report a race other than white.

Measured by the GPA, test scores and class rankings, the class of 2025 is one of the strongest Carthage has seen. The most popular fields of study are nursing, biology, psychology, management, marketing, criminal justice, and education.

Jordyn Kaplan ’22, this year’s student body president, encouraged students to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn and grow on campus. Besides the student government, she is active in the pre-health club and in several NCAA Division III sports: track and field, swimming and diving.
“My involvement will be different from how you get involved, and that’s okay,” said Jordyn, a neuroscience student from Parker, Colorado. “Each of us will come together and be part of a community that is meaningful to us.”

As someone who stood in their place just over a year ago, Ayanna Crenshaw ’24 offered some advice to freshmen. She advised them to set their own goals for the first year – “not what a trainer, parent, or TikTok wants you to do.”

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

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

Dozens of returning students from Carthage worked as guidance leaders, hosting small group sessions to break the ice and get freshmen started. Larger orientation sessions focused on career development, academic support services, campus safety and belonging.

The following students are members of the Carthage Archives:

Abigail Eide from Milwaukee (53225)
Julie Heinrichs of Milwaukee (53213)
Brandon Marquardt of Wauwatosa (53213)
Trevor Marquardt of Wauwatosa (53213)
Margaret Guilford of Milwaukee (53208)


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