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About Carthage

Founded in 1847, Carthage is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Widely recognized for excellence, Carthage provides students with rare access to opportunities and facilities that cultivate the dynamic skills they need for life in a changing world.

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Fast Facts

Carthage at a Glance

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Personal Focus

Carthage professors know their students — not just by name, but by what captivates them. Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures personal attention. We offer the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Education, Master of Music (music theatre vocal pedagogy) and Master of Science (business design and innovation, sports management) degrees.

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Hands-on Learning

Unparalleled Opportunity

Carthage is one of only two liberal arts colleges in the country to lead NASA’s Space Grant Consortium, and we’ve been sending students into zero-g for more than a decade. Our students build experiments that fly on Blue Origin rockets and are headed for the International Space Station.

And that’s just in our space sciences program. 
At Carthage, research is built into the student experience.

The Chicago River.

Kenosha, Milwaukee, AND Chicago

Ideal Location

Carthage is firmly and proudly rooted in a magnificent location — more than 80 lush acres on the shore of Lake Michigan, midway between two major metropolitan areas. This prime location provides more than breathtaking views. Internship and employment opportunities abound just beyond campus, thanks to our central location in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor.

Fans and teammates cheer on Carthage swimmers in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.

Athletics and Clubs

Vibrant Campus Life

College is about more than books and tests. Be prepared to learn as much outside of the classroom as you will in class. 

Compete on top D-III teams in 27 sports or Carthage’s new varsity esports team, or show your Carthage pride by cheering in the stands of state-of-the-art athletic facilities. Join one of Carthage’s 130+ student clubs and organizations. 

An Aspire Center career specialist meets with a student.

FOUR YEARS OF Career Development

The Aspire Program™

Carthage has a new comprehensive four-year career preparation program for all students.

The Aspire Program™ provides students in all majors with individual career counseling, greater access to internships, and new opportunities to explore career options — all from their first days on campus.

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A Liberal Arts Education

Well-Rounded, Prepared to Succeed

91% of employers say they look for critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. You’ll get all that and more at Carthage. A Carthage education covers an expansive cross-section of knowledge, so you graduate ready for success no matter what your major. A liberal arts education will make you a better physicist, designer, actor, programmer, police officer, doctor, teacher … Whatever your major, be better, and be ready to advance in your career.

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Top Facilities

More Than $250 Million Invested

Things look new at Carthage because they are. Carthage has invested more than $250 million in recent years in residential, academic, and recreational facilities. Our new Tower Residence Hall offers 8 stories of unbelievable lake views. Our new lakefront science center has labs dedicated to student research. Everything on campus has been built with student success in mind.

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The Carthage Story

Carthage was founded by Lutheran pioneers in education in 1847, and Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee. Throughout our 170+ years, the core of a Carthage education has stayed the same: Provide students with a strong academic, moral, and intellectual compass, so they go into to the world perceptive, resourceful, and ready to lead.