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Residential Life


The Building and Grounds Department provides all maintenance, repair, mail, and custodial services on campus, including carpentry, painting, mechanical, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), electrical, grounds, trash/recycling, event set-up, and much more.

Contact us

The Operations Department has two locations on campus: Room 117 of the Todd Wehr Center, and in the basement of Lentz Hall.


  • Academic year: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Summer: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Cory Varner, Physical Plant Superintendent 

If you are calling after hours, please leave a detailed message including your name, room number, and phone number. If it is an emergency, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 262-551-5911.

Report a maintenance problem or request service

Please submit a maintenance request for issues such as:

  • Broken window shades
  • Broken Lock
  • Lost keys
  • Plugged toilets
  • Room temperature issues

Submit a maintenance request at any time at

Please note: Maintenance staff will always respect student privacy and belongings. Unless it is an emergency, we do not enter residence hall rooms before 9:30 a.m., and staff will always knock loudly and announce themselves before entering a room. Maintenance staff may need to enter a room to fulfill a maintenance request when the student is not present.

If you report a heating issue, please be sure the path to the heater is clear of furniture and personal belongings. Never leave windows open during the winter. If your room is too hot, please submit a maintenance request.

Custodial services

Custodial services include trash removal and the cleaning of bathroom facilities and common areas only. Students are responsible for maintaining residence hall rooms and private baths. Toilet paper will be centrally located.

All campus buildings are regularly cleaned by the College’s Environmental Services team.

Mail services

Student mail and packages are handled through our Post and Print Office. Visit them in the Todd Wehr Center. If you have questions about how to address, mail, and receive letters and packages, call 262-551-5711. Be sure to provide them with your summer address to forward mail.

Hanging posters

Please use Tac or Velcro squares when hanging posters or other light-weight items on the walls.


Each room is equipped with two containers, one for trash and one for recycling. Larger recycling containers are also available throughout campus buildings.

Please recycle the following items:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles

End-of-year information

Vacated rooms that are not left in “broom clean” condition will be assessed on a per-person fee. “Broom clean” condition means that students have removed all objects from their rooms that were not originally there when they first moved in. The room must be cleared of all personal belongings and garbage and cleaned (swept clean at minimum). Do not leave personal items behind in the room. Any items left behind will be disposed of or donated.

  • 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 …