An aerial view of the Carthage College campus

A Community of Deep Connections.

Founded in 1847, Carthage College is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Home to 2,800 students, Carthage blends the best liberal arts traditions with desirable degree programs, transformative learning opportunities, and personal attention from distinguished faculty.

At Carthage, we embolden passionate and compassionate students to pursue knowledge in all its forms, to seek deeper connections with people and purpose, and to use their optimism and creativity to make a positive imprint on a world that needs them now more than ever.

Our Mission & Values

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  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg" alt="Serena Richardson ?24" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1956" data-max-h="1956" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The professors at Carthage want you to succeed! If you have questions, concerns, or any doubts, they are all ears and willing to help you get back on your feet. They have a lot of life wisdom to share outside of academic life, and I am so grateful for their continuous love and care.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1871-">Serena Richardson</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/107/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/38,103,201,266/396_30615_HelenMarchant24.rev.1638389814.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/107/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/38,103,201,266/396_30615_HelenMarchant24.rev.1638389814.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/107/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/38,103,201,266/396_30615_HelenMarchant24.rev.1638389814.jpg" alt="" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="163" data-max-h="163" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I have found that the help from upperclassmen in the Communication and Digital Media Department has been strong, and I have met professors in that department who will help me with any challenges I may go through.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/518-">Helen Marchant</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>

A commitment to Excellence.
A Tradition of Transformation.

  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">No. 6</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> nationally for participation in short-term study abroad</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">2,300</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> feet of Lake Michigan shoreline</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">>90%</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> of Carthage students receive scholarships and grants</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">91%</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> medical school acceptance rate among Carthage pre-health students. <em>* National average: 41%</em></p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">17</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> students in an average class</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">100%</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> of classes taught by faculty (not TAs)</p></span></div></div>

Carthage provides students with rare access to uncommon learning opportunities, hands-on experiences, dedicated faculty, caring mentors, and state-of-the-art facilities. Explore, expand, and refine your talents on our inspiring campus, in the largest hub of social, economic, and technological innovation in the Midwest.

  • Named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review
  • Named a Best Regional University in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named a Best Value University in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 6 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad
  • 91% medical school acceptance rate
  • Lead institution for NASA research
  • Generous scholarships and financial aid, plus a 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • New high-demand programs like engineering, data science, and sports management
  • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Home to The Aspire Program™, a comprehensive four-year career development program that ensures all students graduate with the skills they need to succeed after college

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  • <div class="page-widget page-widget--callout"><div class="callout callout--image"><div class="callout__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg" alt="A Learning Moment, in Carthage College?s Sesquicentennial Plaza." width="1010" height="556" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </div><div class="callout__content"><h2 class="callout__title"> 175 Years of Excellence </h2><div class="callout__body"><p> At Carthage, we’ve seen 175 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters go out and go forth. We’ve changed our name — and even our location — since we were founded in 1847. But the core of a Carthage education has stayed the same: Our liberal arts foundation provides students with a strong academic, moral, and intellectual compass, so they become perceptive, resourceful, and grounded individuals.</p><p><a href="/about/college-history/">Our Rich History</a></p></div></div></div></div>