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Residence Life

Living on campus provides some of the most memorable moments of your college experience. 

The best collegiate experience is one where the curriculum and co-curriculum are seamlessly integrated. With this value in mind, full-time undergraduate students are required to live in the residence halls and be enrolled in a meal plan until they attain senior standing. Learn more about Carthage’s residency requirement.

Carthage’s residence halls offer an exciting environment for living and learning. Our halls provide easy access to educational programs, leadership opportunities, and a full calendar of social activities.

The Oaks Village

The Oaks Village is Carthage’s newest housing option. Its six buildings offer students single and double rooms with two people per bathroom. Students live in a house concept with 16 students per floor sharing a large community space at the apex of each building. 
Read more about The Oaks



Madrigrano Family Residence Hall

Residents of Madrigrano Family Residence Hall say that their hall identity centers on friendship and community. The hall’s 320 residents establish close ties and are frequently active in athletics and campus organizations. Volleyball on the hall’s terrace is a popular pastime. Three Greek organizations call Madrigrano home. 
Read more about Madrigrano Hall


Denhart Hall

Denhart Hall is home to approximately 330 residents and a healthy mix of first-year and upper-class students. The residents work hard to establish a personal touch of identity and personality in their new home away from home. Three Greek organizations call Denhart home.
Read more about Denhart Hall


Tarble Hall

Tarble Hall’s open door policy gives this all-female residence hall a warm, friendly atmosphere. Tarble is home to the Delta Theta Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Chi and Pi Theta sororities, and two study-intensive wings. End-of-the-semester “stress-relieving” programs are a favorite, as is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week. 
Read more about Tarble Hall


Johnson Hall

A welcoming community of approximately 330 residents “where everybody knows your name,” Johnson Hall is home to five Greek organizations and two study-intensive wings. During the hall’s annual “Haunted Hall” event, residents decorate their floor. Students tour the “creepy crypt” and cast their ballots. 
Read more about Johnson Hall


Swenson Hall

Carthage’s smallest and only all-male hall consists of approximately 30 residents. Its size creates a close-knit community where students immediately feel at home. Half of the rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. It is also conveniently located near Lentz Hall and the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences. 
Read more about Swenson Hall


Campus Apartments

On the north side of campus, across the street from the Smeds Tennis Center, is a two-story apartment building. Eight one-bedroom apartments — each with a living room, full kitchen and bathroom — allow upper-class students to make the transition from residence hall to apartment-style living.
Read more about the Campus Apartments


A rendering of the interior of the new residence hall tower, scheduled for completion by fall 2018.

New Residence Hall coming in Fall 2018!

Carthage begins construction on a new 43,000-square-foot residence hall in Summer 2017. The Tower will be eight stories tall and connect the existing Johnson and Madrigrano halls. The Tower will house up to 126 students and have two full floors of versatile common space where people across campus can gather. Carthage expects the hall to welcome its first residents in Fall 2018.
Read more about The Tower

  • 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 …