Why sacrifice anything? At Carthage, it’s possible to keep playing the sport you love and get a first-rate education at the same time. 关于 30 percent of the students here compete in our championship-caliber NCAA Division III athletic program.

“Being on the men’s volleyball team has provided me with many different experiences, like my first trip to New York. Being on a National Championship team also allowed me to experience how much the community here at Carthage cares about our athletics.” — Justin Girodat ’24

The Firebirds pile up victories in 28 varsity sports, including 13 women’s teams and a coed esports squad. Carthage student-athletes have shown it’s possible to balance athletic and academic commitments, even in time-intensive majors like nursing, athletic training, and neuroscience.

Newcomers quickly discover there’s nothing third-class about D-III competition. It takes our teams’ best to win in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. We’re especially proud of that shiny trophy the Firebirds brought home as 2021 men’s volleyball national champions.

Coaches often organize out-of-state trips during breaks to boost team chemistry and tune up for the season. Carthage student-athletes go on to become some of our most loyal alumni: established professionals who are eager to mentor and even hire fellow graduates, knowing the dedication they bring.




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瑞安凯恩 “We’re a D-III program that provides student-athletes with a first-class experience that feels like D-I. Carthage has struck the right balance between competing at a championship level and setting the environment for learning.”

瑞安凯恩, Director of 体育运动