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Life at Carthage

Getting Around

Carthage College is located in the heart of the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. Take advantage of all that Kenosha, Milwaukee, Chicago, and nearby Racine County have to offer by jumping on a bus, train, or trolley.

Kenosha Trolley on campus

Kenosha Trolley

DESTINATION: Downtown Kenosha

Carthage students, faculty, and staff can hop on the Kenosha trolley for a free ride to and from downtown Kenosha. The trolley stops on the north end of campus near the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.

  • Schedule: The trolley stops on campus approximately every half hour beginning at 1:45 p.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. The full route to downtown Kenosha concludes at 9:15 p.m.
  • Cost: Free for Carthage students, faculty, and staff. Pick up your free trolley ticket at the Red Desk on the fourth floor of Lentz Hall or in the Todd Wehr Center tech office (located at the first left once inside the main TWC entrance). These tickets are to be handed to the trolley driver when you board.

Carthage Parking Lot Shuttle

DESTINATION: 14th Avenue Lot, 35th Street Lot

Most residential students with cars on campus have parking permits for our off-campus lots, the 14th Avenue Lot and the 35th Street Lot. Carthage offers free shuttle service to these lots. The Parking Lot Shuttle stops at the flagpole outside the Todd Wehr Center, and travels in a consistent loop from campus to both parking lots.
See Parking Lot Map

  • Schedule: Every 30 minutes during shuttle hours. Please note: The Parking Lot Shuttle does not provide on-call service.
  • Cost: Free

Students can now track Carthage shuttle services through Ride Systems, a real-time GPS shuttle- and bus-tracking app. The app allows riders to live-track the College’s parking lot and Metra shuttles with color-coordinated routes and vehicle icons, so they know where the shuttles are and when they will arrive. Riders can also set notifications on their phones using the app to let you know when the shuttles reach a certain location. 

Ride Systems is available for both iOS and Android. Download the app, search for “Carthage,” and active shuttles will appear on the map.

Please note: The Parking Lot Shuttle does not provide on-call service.

Carthage Metra Shuttle

DESTINATION: Kenosha Metra Station, and then Chicago

Carthage offers students, faculty, and staff free shuttle service to/from the Kenosha Metra Station, 5414 13th Ave. The Metra train takes passengers to downtown Chicago, with several other stops along the way. The shuttle is available at popular arrival/departure times. Please note: The shuttle does not provide on-call service, and is not available for every Metra arrival/departure time.

Kenosha Bus


The City of Kenosha No. 4 bus stops on campus regularly Monday-Saturday. The No. 4 bus makes stops at Glenwood Crossings (Pick ‘N’ Save, Walgreens, McDonalds, and other stores/restaurants); Downtown Kenosha; Meier; and more. On campus, the bus stops near the main entrance of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.

Wisconsin Coach Lines Bus


Wisconsin Coach Lines offers a bus service to and from: General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, the Amtrak station in Milwaukee, and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The bus stops in front of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center on Campus Drive.

Ride Share Services


Need to catch a ride somewhere that’s not on a bus or shuttle route? Popular ride-share services Uber and Lyft operate in Kenosha.

  • 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.

    • 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 $22,000 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 …