Carthage College has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1916, when the association became the primary accrediting agency for schools in the Midwest.

Several of Carthage College’s departments and programs have sought specialized accreditation or approval in their discipline. Additionally, where required, Carthage has received the appropriate state approvals:

Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.


The Chemistry major has been approved by the American Chemical Society, which promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students.


The Teacher Education Programs for positions in elementary/middle, secondary, cross-categorical special education, music, art, and physical education are fully approved education preparation programs by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and lead to Wisconsin educator licensure.

NC-SARA Institution Seal of Participation Carthage is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Carthage also maintains membership in the American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, American Association of College and University Summer Sessions, American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of College Admission Counselors, American Association of University Professors, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and Wisconsin Independent Colleges of Teacher Education. Carthage is approved by the American Association of University Women.


The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carthage College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Carthage College is approved by the Higher Learning Commission to award the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The Carthage College Nursing Program is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.


* Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1-800-621-7440.