Skip to main content

About Carthage

Our Location

Small college feel. Big city opportunity. Midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Carthage offers the best of both worlds. 

Our tranquil campus is a lakeside arboretum lush with stately oaks and a winding river. 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.


$500 Visit Grant

All visitors starting classes at Carthage in 2020 or later will receive a $500 per year Visit Grant ($2,000 over four years, one visit grant per student) as part of their Carthage financial aid package for full-time enrollment.


Kenosha Harbor Market

Live in 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.

Kenosha features 11 miles of shoreline, nearly 90% of which is open to the public.
Kenosha is Wisconsin's 4th largest city.
Kenosha features 130 miles of bike trails.

Cloud Gate

Visit Chicago 

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.



Explore 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.


The Aspire Program logo

Internships and Employment

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. Gain real-world experience while you’re still in school through internships, and then seek permanent employment with nearby companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Accenture Consulting, Jockey International, SC Johnson, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s Corporation, and Snap-on Incorporated. If you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, many opportunities are available to Carthage graduates in local school systems.

The Aspire Program can help connect you with companies from Fortune 500s to start-ups, to long-standing, small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofits in Kenosha and throughout the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor. Our location allows students to integrate internships into their Carthage experience in fall, J-Term, spring, or summer.

Kenosha Trolley on campus

Getting Around

Carthage is located within an hour’s drive of  Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) or Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Less than 15 minutes from campus, students can jump on the Metra or Amtrak train, or find Greyhound bus service to Chicago.

Catch a trolley on campus for a free ride to and from downtown Kenosha, grab an Uber or Lyft, or hop on any of the 130-miles of bike trails to get around the area.

All visitors starting classes at Carthage in 2020 or later will receive a $500 per year Visit Grant($2,000 over four years, one visit grant per student) as part of their Carthage financial aid package for full-time enrollment.


Our campus offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from almost every building on campus, including many residence hall rooms. Check out #carthageviews on Instagram for images shared by our students, faculty, and staff. Don’t take our word for it, check out the photos below! If you’re still not sold on our location and need some more reasons to visit, you got it! Here are 20 more reasons to love our location.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • Our athletes rank up some impressive stats. So does our fitness center. The N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (better known as the TARC), is home to a 16-lane swimming pool, 200-meter indoor track, two racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

    • Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and water polo. Our varsity teams play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin — regularly taking home hardware from one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …