Location & Map
Peacefully nestled in the heart of it all
Carthage’s tranquil campus is an arboretum lush with stately oaks, a winding river, and breathtaking lake views. Yet just a free trolley ride away, you’ll find art galleries, cafes, shopping, and more in Kenosha, Wisconsin’s fourth-largest city. Want even more activity? Milwaukee is 45 minutes north, and Chicago is an hour south. Both cities have great food, music, art, and pro sports scenes.
A Carthage tradition? Finding a red Adirondack chair and moving it to the best spot for studying — with the best views.
Every morning's sunrise brings a new Instagram-worthy pic.
A beautiful rainbow is spotted over Lake Michigan.
Many Carthage students have been known to bring an instrument down to the waterfront (although it's not usually a ukulele!).
The patio outside the Science Center provides some of campus' best views.
Our Midwest location means Carthage students get to enjoy all four seasons. Many students will say fall is their favorite.
Kenosha is a vibrant city on its own, but its location between Chicago and Milwaukee triples the job and internship opportunities.
The Carthage Choir performs in the Chicago Symphony Hall.
A quiet break between classes is even more relaxing with these views.
Two students hang out by the lake.
You may need to bundle up in winter, but the views are still breathtaking.
5 Reasons to Love Our Location
No. 1: The Lake
Our Great Lake is a built-in stress-reliever, research lab, and artist’s muse. “My favorite spot on campus would have to be the outdoor classroom,” says student Haley Aichholzer ’21. “There is something so beautiful and unique about learning outside and having Lake Michigan only a few feet away from you.”
No. 2: Kenosha
Kenosha is Wisconsin’s fourth-largest city, home to a vibrant arts scene, live music, outdoor festivals, shopping centers, farmers markets, museums, and more. Downtown Kenosha is located minutes from campus. Students can use historic streetcars and a robust city bus system to get around town. A downtown trolley and city bus both stop on campus multiple times a day.
No. 3: Chicago
Ready for a bigger scene? Jump on the Metra (the train station is a quick car, bus, or Uber ride from campus), and soon you’ll be in the middle of everything Chicago has to offer — from shopping on the Mag-Mile to world-class museums like the famed Shedd Aquarium and Art Institute of Chicago to your choice of MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL games.
No. 4: Milwaukee
Take in a Milwaukee Bucks or Milwaukee Brewers game, try a new restaurant, or visit a museum — there are more than 15 in downtown Milwaukee alone. Milwaukee is also home to the world-famous Summerfest music festival along with concert venues that draw big-name musicians and comedians year-round.
No. 5: Jobs and Internship Opportunities
Thanks to our location in the thriving Milwaukee-Chicago corridor, Carthage students can pick from a long list of local and regional employers — north, south, and right here in our own backyard. Carthage’s exclusive Aspire Program connect students with such companies as Abbott Laboratories, Accenture Consulting, Jockey International, SC Johnson, Kraft Foods, and Snap-on Incorporated. Gain real-world experience while you’re still in school through internships, and find permanent employment in the endless opportunities nearby.
Plan Your Visit
All visitors starting classes at Carthage in 2023 or later will receive a $1,000 per year Visit Grant ($4,000 over four years, one visit grant per student) as part of their Carthage financial aid package for full-time enrollment.