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Hear our students talk about their five favorite things about Carthage. Why five? Well we had to cut them off somewhere, otherwise these videos would be looooooong.

Lexie Wheeler ’20

Lexie Wheeler ’21 is a math major. One of her five favorite things about Carthage is the view. “The lake is beautiful. When the leaves start changing color, it is absolutely gorgeous.”

Grace Kozisek ’20

Grace Kozisek ’20 is a chemistry and Chinese major. One of her five favorite things about Carthage is the small class sizes. “I like to be one on one with a professor and that the professors actually know me and care about me.”

Courtney Lee ’21

Courtney Lee is a sophomore from Buffalo Grove, Illinois. She is majoring Marketing and Business Management major. She’s also a member of the Firebirds Soccer team where she was named the Most Improved Player during the 2019 season. One of her five favorite things about Carthage are the people that she’s met at here. “I think all my friends here are like my second family and they make it easy being far from home.”


Madi Anderson ’20

Madi traveled to Carthage from California and has found her place in the community here.

Leah Poulous ’19

Leah loves the camaraderie between students working through tough assignments. “Everybody’s really there to help each other. There were different days where we all got together to do a study group before finals because we were all in the same boat, we were all nervous about the same things. … Everybody is just willing to help you out.”

Elizabeth Casey ’19

One of Elizabeth’s favorite things about Carthage is the class diversity. She took Cancer Biology for one of her J-Term courses. “It was a lot different from any other class I’ve taken in the fact that it wasn’t just like biology, it was specific.”

Nathan Morris ’18

Nathan loves how woven athletics is into the fabric of campus. “It’s so rare to get so many athletes in one place, in one school, where we all just do it for the love of the sport

Aidan Crosby ’18

One of Aidan’s favorite things about Carthage is its location between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Kevin Landgraff ’17

A Kenosha native, one Kevin’s favorites is the city itself. From going to the beach to going to different shops, Kevin comments “There are different opportunities all over the city, whether it be jobs or just for recreation.”

Maddie Gronset ’17

Maddie majored in Communication and was a member of the Carthage Women’s Water Polo team. ‘At Carthage, you can still focus on getting good grades and getting on Dean’s list, while being a student-athlete, and I never thought I would have that opportunity.”

Nathaniel Cotton III ’17

Nathaniel loves all the things that he can do in his downtime. “Carthage does a really good job at promoting social opportunities for students, from the things that you can do with CAB [Carthage Activities Board] events, to how many clubs they have here. It’s super-diverse. They keep bringing in new things for you to always have fun with, so you get this nice feeling of integrating into college.”

Gina Sipka ’17

Gina double-majored in Graphic Design and Studio Art and one of the favorite things is how small the class sizes are at Carthage and how she got personal attention from professors.

  • 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 …