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Carthage in Chicago

Tuition and Housing

Carthage in Chicago provides Carthage students with the opportunity to spend a semester living, working, and learning in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.


Each student will maintain her/his normal tuition obligation and financial aid package, providing s/he maintains a full load of at least 12 credits (most past participants carried 16 credit loads). Students who secure paid internships will have the added benefit of earning income throughout the semester. Carthage will provide housing, giving students a safe and enjoyable experience during their time in the city.

Paid Internships

While Carthage does not guarantee a paid internship for every participant, a number of internships over the previous cohorts have been paid.  In some cases, the companies paid the interns directly, and in others, the interns were paid from a special grant that Carthage College had been awarded. Some interns earned as much as $15-$18 per hour.


Carthage is excited to partner with HI-Chicago to provide housing for participants. HI-Chicago will provide the following benefits to students:

  • A central location within the Loop, which provides convenient access to internship sites, restaurants, museums, public transportation, and resources from nearby universities;
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast;
  • Classrooms located within the HI-Chicago facility;
  • 24-hour security and key-card access to floors;
  • Social gathering areas and communal kitchens;
  • An international clientele which will provide cultural interactions; and
  • Ongoing educational and cultural events.

The cost of housing for the semester will be approximately $4,800 for a shared room within a two-bedroom suite. Each suite contains a kitchen, bathroom, common area, and two bedrooms. Wireless internet is provided complimentary. For Fall 2018, housing will be available for participants from approximately September 2-December 22 (when dates are finalized, the participants will be informed).

Participants may indicate a roommate preference, and if no request is made, will be randomly paired with another student in the program. Both roommates must request each other for an assignment to be made. Two pairs of students could also request to form an entire suite. All participants within the suite must be of the same sex.


While a daily continental breakfast is provided, other meals are not provided. However, each suite is equipped with a full kitchen, and there are numerous restaurants located nearby.

Payment Information

  • A deposit of $1,200 is due shortly after the time of acceptance. The deposit is refundable until three months before the start of the program.
  • The balance of $3,600 is due three months before the start of the program.
  • No refunds are available after three months before to the start of the program.
  • The fee of $4,800 covers the cost of housing only; participants are responsible for the cost of meals, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • Checks should be made payable to “Carthage College” and submitted via the Office of Student Accounts.
  • Loans are available to assist with the deposit and housing payment. To be eligible for a loan, the student’s account must currently be paid in full. For more information about securing loans, please contact Keith Macdonald in the Office of Financial Aid.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Approximately $150 for the Ventra U-Pass, which allows students unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses.
  •  Approximately $150 per course, to cover museum memberships and tickets to performances (in some cases, this fee is in lieu of textbooks).
  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, 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 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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 No. 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 …