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12 Places You’ll Probably Study

 

Two students studying

1. The Stu

The Campbell Student Union is open 24/7. Grab a pod chair in the Campus Living Room, a table in the dining room, or a group study room upstairs.

“I love spending time upstairs in the Stu — it is always a quiet place to study, read, or catch up with a friend!” — Bailey Wellen ’21, data science and computer science major


A student studying on the lakeshore

2. On the lake

Who says the first draft of your English paper can’t be a great beach read?

“My favorite spot on campus would probably have to be along the lakeshore. It is really nice to just set up a hammock and relax for a couple of hours with some homework or a good book. ” — Riley Geoghegan ’20, chemistry major  


Students studying on the patio outside of Straz Science Center

3. Science Center patio

Set up camp on a table overlooking the water. The sound of the waves is a perfect study soundtrack. 

“I love studying at the tables outside of the Straz Science Center when it’s nice outside — perhaps with some Starbucks.” — Allie Ontaneda ’22, elementary education major


Students studying in the library

4. In the library, of course

Grab a friend. Grab a table. Plug in your laptop. Go.

Hedberg Library is always a reliable place to go when I need to buckle down and get some work done, with the downstairs area providing a mostly quiet reprieve from the rest of campus.” — Samuel Croak ’22, political science and economics major


The Tower lobby

5. The Tower Residence Hall

The higher the building, the higher the ambitions.

“My favorite spot on campus is The Tower Residence Hall. It is a newer building so everything is very modern. On one side you can see the lake, and on the other is Campus Drive. Also, the lounges are great for studying and hanging out with friends.” — Andrew Hallstrom ’22, physics major


6. Practice rooms in JAC

6. Practice rooms in the JAC

The Johnson Arts Center has dozens of practice rooms. Music majors joke they live here. Sometimes the music is the work; sometimes the music helps you work.

“If you’re pursuing music, be prepared to spend a lot of time in the practice rooms playing your instrument or just studying. Practice rooms are where all of the real learning and growth happens.” — Katiann Nelson ’22, music education major


Students writing in the chapel

7. The Chapel

Whether you want a pretty place to hang out with friends, focus on your homework, or find a moment to recenter yourself, the A. F. Siebert Chapel is the perfect place to relax after a long day.  

“My favorite spot on campus is the chapel. I love to go up to the second level and do my homework. It is so quiet and peaceful there and the chapel is beautiful, so it makes a great place to study or just hang out.” — Synclaire Lunardi ’20, English and communication major


Students talking at Einstein bros bagel

8. Einstein’s

Einstein Bros. Bagels in Hedberg Library is a great group study spot. Fireplace. Food. Room for friends.

“My favorite place on campus is Einstein’s. Every time I sit there to do my homework or enjoy my lunch, I end up running into friends or professors and get to have a good conversation with them.” — Sammie Woodward ’20, exercise and sports science major


The Kissing Rock

9. The Kissing Rock

Despite its name, Kissing Rock has many purposes. So whether you want to study or snooze, the lawn by the Kissing Rock is the perfect place for any pastime.

“One of my favorite spots on campus is the area of grass behind the Kissing Rock where you get a perfect view of the lake. Seeing the lake in full view is so calming. You can sit in the grass for hours and do homework or even take a nap.” — Kaitlyn Keel ’21, public relations major


A student watches a volleyball match outside The Tower.

10. By the Volleyball Court

Grab a red Adirondack chair and get the work out of the way. Grab a ball when you’re ready to play.

“My favorite spot to study on campus is the beach volleyball court behind the Tower. You can catch me there any day when it is above 60 degrees.” — Blake Arnold ’21, accounting and finance major


Check that out: Sipping from an iced cappuccino without missing a keystroke.

11. Starbucks

Check that out: Sipping from an iced cappuccino without missing a keystroke.

“I have to say that my favorite spot on campus would have to be Starbucks…who doesn’t love being able to use their meal points on coffee?! It’s also just a super fun place to study and hang out with friends!” — Allyssa Vargas ’22, nursing major


Three students hanging out in a dorm room

12. In your dorm room

Whether you sit at your desk or get cozy in bed, your dorm room is a great spot to crank out some homework or stay up all night for a cram session.  

“My favorite place to study is probably my own room. I live in the Oaks Residence Village, and I’ve set up my desk so I have a view of the trees and the lake behind them. I love to be in my own space because I feel comfortable and it relaxes me after a day full of studying and attending classes.” — Laura de Rosales ’20, exercise science major

  • 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 …

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