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Student Discounts

Whether you need a late-night ice cream run at Scoops Ice Cream and Candy Shop or you want to spend a day at the Kenosha Kingfish Baseball Club watching a game, Carthage students get discounts at many different businesses throughout Kenosha. Check out the businesses below to see where you can save money just by being a Carthage Firebird.

Scoops Ice Cream and Candy Shop

Scoops is a favorite among Carthage students for its variety of flavors in Wisconsin-made ice cream, its handmade pies, brownie bowls, cakes, and candy. If you bring your furry friend along, ask the Scoops staff for some doggy frozen yogurt so your pet can share in the experience!

Student discount

10 percent off orders with the show of your Carthage ID

Business Hours

  • 2-8 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

To & From Gift Shop

To & From is an eclectic gift shop in downtown Kenosha offering unique and spirited items for every personality, including accessories, housewares, greeting cards, apparel, and more. Looking for a funky and unique gift for a friend? Look no further than To & From. 

Student discount

10 percent off total with the show of your Carthage ID

Business hours

  • 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Closed Tuesdays
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Lakeside Players

Interested in live theatre? Who isn’t?! Lakeside Players, which operates the Rhode Center for the Arts, is dedicated to bringing ground-breaking live theatre to Kenosha. They perform in the beautiful, historic Donna Wolf-Steigerwaldt Auditorium and Skinner Hall. Whether you’re interested in dramas, comedies, or musicals, you can find it all with Lakeside Players. 

Student discount

$2 off tickets with the show of your Carthage ID

Business hours / Showtimes

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • 2 p.m. Sunday

Waterfront Warehouse

Waterfront Warehouse is a classic, all-American restaurant with modern dining options. They serve everything from authentic Wisconsin cheese curds to quinoa bowls, so whether you liked trying new foods or sticking to the basics, Waterfront will make your stop in for the smells and stay for the taste.


10 percent off total with the show of your Carthage ID


  • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Jockey Factory Store

Jockey Factory Store, offering a wide variety of men’s and women’s clothing, will become your staple clothing store. Offering everything from activewear to sleepwear to scrubs, Jockey offers high-quality clothing at a reasonable price range — especially after using your student discount!

Student discount

10 percent off total with the show of your Carthage ID

Business hours

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Boundless Adventures

You’ll be flying high with this student discount! Boundless Adventure is a ziplining and aerial course in the Kenosha area offering nine different courses and four levels of difficulty. Everyone of all abilities will be able to challenge themselves and have a great time while doing it. So strap on your helmets, and take this leap of faith!


25 percent off total on Fridays with the show of Carthage ID


  • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday

Local Museums

Three museums located in Kenosha — the Kenosha Civil War Museum, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and the Kenosha Public Museum — offer discounted admission rates for Carthage students. Operated by the Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums, they each have a little something for everyone. 

For all the history buffs, the Civil War Museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper-midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

Bring out your inner child by stopping by the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. This museum is the only museum to focus on the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds, and it works in association with the Carthage College Institute of Paleontology (CIP) and its on-site laboratory. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum presents current, ongoing research in the study of dinosaurs. 

The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural sciences and fine and decorative arts museum. Exhibit programming includes mammoths, world cultures, Native Americans, zoology, geology, fossils, and fine and decorative arts.

Student discounts

$25 per year memberships, which includes free admission, discounts on workshops and programs, and 10 percent off purchases in the gift shop (this membership includes the Civil War Museum, the Dinosaur Museum, and the Public Museum).

Business hours: Kenosha Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Museum

  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday-Monday

Business Hours: Dinosaur Discovery Museum

  • Noon-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday-Monday

The Coffee Pot

The Coffee Pot is an old-fashioned American diner that specializes in breakfast food. And what’s better than traditional breakfast food? Breakfast food with free coffee, of course! We recommend their Stuffed French Toast made with fresh Paielli’s bread and delicate cream cheese filling.

Student discount

Free coffee with any food purchase with the show of your Carthage ID

Business hours

  • 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Kenosha Kingfish Baseball Club

Take yourself out to the ballgame at the Kenosha Kingfish baseball stadium! You don’t need to go all the way to Milwaukee to see a game — there’s one just a 10-minute drive away from Carthage. So bring your peanuts and cracker jacks and enjoy a baseball game right here in Kenosha.

Student discount

$4 off tickets (most games cost $12 before discount) with the show of your Carthage ID

Game times

Weekday afternoons in-season (game times vary) 

  • 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 $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 …