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Residential Life

Announcing: The Tower

New residence hall to open in Fall 2018

February 8, 2017

Carthage recently constructed a 43,000-square-foot residence hall that houses up to 126 students and sets aside two floors for versatile common spaces where those across campus can gather.

Carthage plans to construct a new 43,000-square-foot residence hall that will house up to 126 stu...

The eight-story tower connects Joseph Johnson and Madrigrano Family residence halls. Crews broke ground last summer on the estimated $21.5 million project.

The new hall will welcome its first residents in fall 2018. The additional housing aligns with the College’s strategic plan, which calls for an enrollment increase from the current 2,600 traditional undergraduate students to 2,700 by 2019.

“College seekers want to find that place they can call home away from home while they pursue their education,” said Ashley Hanson, associate vice president of admissions. “Shared experiences from living in the residence halls help to shape a Carthage education.”

Suite-style housing fills top six floors, leaving the bottom two dedicated to shared spaces for study, relaxation, and programming.

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

New common spaces will welcome residents

Kimberlie Goldsberry, vice president for student affairs, said feedback from Carthage residents consistently identified two top priorities: common spaces and cooking areas. The new building is designed to offer plenty of both.

Overall, the project will more than triple the square footage set aside for common space in Madrigrano and Johnson halls. Continued growth has forced Carthage to convert many of those buildings’ original lounges to rooms.

“Those spaces have been gobbled up due to demand, and this way we can better fulfill the true mission of a residential campus,” Ms. Goldsberry said. “The common spaces will make it feel more welcoming and engaging.”

About 70 percent of Carthage students live on campus. The newest facility will complement the 5-year-old Campbell Student Union, which serves as the central engagement space for students across campus.

The lower level of the new residence hall tower, scheduled to be completed by fall 2018.

Many amenities

Ash Lettow of Workshop Architects designed the tower, working with Carthage to identify a mix of gathering areas. Each space could take on a distinct identity, inviting quiet study and reflection, gaming, group collaboration, or cooking.

Kitchenettes are installed on both private and communal floors. Ms. Goldsberry said that’s particularly appealing to international students who stay on campus over break periods, as well as to those who work or conduct research on campus over the summer.

Carthage already has invested more than $200 million in residential, academic, and recreational facilities since 1999. Officials anticipate that the new tower will provide families another cost alternative, priced in between the five traditional residence halls and the Oaks Residential Village.

Changes are coming to the area surrounding the residence halls, too. Although the project requires the removal of the outdoor basketball court, there are also a few additions — notably, a new sand volleyball court, a sightseeing telescope, and patio seating.

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), 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.

    • 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. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. 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 archaeology 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 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 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 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 …