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As orientation activities got underway, Carthage welcomed nearly 900 new students, putting the fall 2023 first-year class on pace to become the College’s largest ever.

Carthage welcomed nearly 900 new students in August 2023, putting the first-year class on pace to... During a community welcome event Aug. 26 in Tarble Arena, speakers described the supportive community the newcomers — students and families alike — have joined.

“You are not alone in this journey. We are a community that supports one another, celebrates each other’s successes, and provides a helping hand during times of struggle,” said Phillip Hunter ’24, president of Student Government. “Firebirds are united by our shared values, goals, and dreams, and together we will conquer any challenges that come our way.”

Carthage welcomed nearly 900 new students in August 2023, putting the first-year class on pace to... Allie Youngren, one of the College’s student success advisors, told the newest Firebirds to “embrace the awkwardness” of a fresh start as they get situated.

“Fitting in is overrated,” she said. “Embrace your unique qualities, interests, and passions. When you embrace your own uniqueness, deep and lasting friendships are soon to follow.”

Incoming students in the Class of 2027 signed Kissing Rock, a Carthage tradition. Incoming students in the Class of 2027 signed Kissing Rock, a Carthage tradition. Carthage President John Swallow gave a primer on Carthage traditions and Kenosha hot spots. He encouraged parents and other family members to visit as often as they’d like.

The entering class totaled 892 at the beginning of New Student Orientation (805 freshmen and 87 transfers). These students represent 24 U.S. states and nine other countries: Brazil, Colombia, Finland, France, Greece, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, and South Africa.

When the final count is taken in early October, first-year enrollment will likely surpass the previous high of 833 in 2021. Preliminary figures also point to record diversity, with 35 percent of freshmen identifying as American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or multiracial.

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At a community welcome ceremony in Tarble Arena on Aug. 26, 2023, Carthage greeted early 900 new ... At a community welcome ceremony in Tarble Arena on Aug. 26, 2023, Carthage greeted early 900 new students and their families.