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About Carthage

Carthage in the Community

Welcome! Carthage College is pleased to make many of our resources available to our neighbors and friends. We invite members of the community to experience the beauty of our campus, and join us for special events and learning opportunities throughout the year.

Phillip Phillips performing at Carthage

Events and Activities

Carthage brings internationally renowned musicians, artists, authors, scientists, playwrights, and speakers to Kenosha every year for events that are open to the public. Visit our online calendar at to see all upcoming events. We also publicize our events in The Kenosha News and The Racine Journal Times.
At left: Phillip Phillips performing at Carthage


The Carthage Theatre Department presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Nationally recognized for excellence in theatre, the Carthage Theatre Department stages 6-8 productions every year. The College’s New Play Initiative brings playwrights of prominence from around the world to Kenosha County, where they create and premiere new works.
See Carthage’s current theatre season.
At left: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

Art Exhibits

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage displays work by established and emerging artists. The gallery hosts five exhibitions every year, and opening receptions that offer residents the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. Admission is free. Visit the Gallery’s website.


The Service of Light

Christmas Festival

The Carthage Music Department offers concerts and recitals, including the annual Christmas Festival held the first weekend in December. This annual event is Carthage’s Christmas gift to the community. Tickets to the concerts have been free since the festival began, and more than 5,000 people attend annually. Learn about the annual Christmas Festival.


Family Fun Night

Carthage hosts Family Fun Nights for the community on most Friday evenings during the school year. Families can enjoy fun and educational activities in Hedberg Library, browse the collection in the Center for Children’s Literature, or use the athletic facilities like the pool and basketball court. Learn more about Carthage Family Fun Nights.


Fifth House Ensemble

Chamber Music Series

The Carthage Chamber Music Series brings some of the world’s finest chamber musicians to Kenosha County every year. The series includes free pre-concert lectures. For ticket and season information, visit
At left: Fifth House Ensemble


Faculty and students are proud of the many plays, concerts, and shows they produce for the campus and the community, including frequent art exhibits, acclaimed theatre productions, and numerous faculty and student concerts.

Additional Concerts & Performances

The Music Department offers recitals and concerts nearly every week. Enjoy recitals by Carthage faculty and students, or concerts by such ensembles as the Carthage Choir, the second oldest a cappella touring choir in the United States. Learn more at


Athletics are a big part of life at Carthage, for student athletes and fans. Above, Torchie performs with the Red Hots spirit team at a football game.

Athletic Events

Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including football, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, volleyball, lacrosse and water polo. Carthage teams regularly win championships in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Join Carthage to cheer on the Red Men and Lady Reds at athletic events in Tarble Arena, Art Keller Field, or Augie Schmidt Field. Follow Carthage Athletics at


Sports Camps

Sports Camps

Have a young athlete in the family? Consider sending your child to a summer sports camp at Carthage. Carthage coaches and athletes offer camps for children in soccer, girls and boys volleyball, boys basketball, swimming, baseball, and girls lacrosse. Learn more about Carthage athletic camps.


Learning Opportunities

Lectures and Guest Speakers

Carthage’s academic divisions and departments regularly bring experts of all disciplines to campus for speaking events. Watch the online Carthage calendar and regional media for upcoming events.

Networking and Inspiration for Professionals

The Carthage Business and Professional Coalition holds several lunches every year featuring inspiring guest speakers and presentations. Past speakers include ESPN legal affairs reporter Lester Munson and NBC-TV feature correspndent Mike Leonard. Learn more about coalition membership.

Adult Education / Professional Development

Carthage offers rigorous degree and certification programs for adults, through which they can advance their careers and gain new skills through part-time evening studies. Courses are taught by top professors, and are offered in the evenings year-round. Learn more at

Kenosha Oaks Scholarships

Carthage awards eight four-year full-tuition scholarships to Kenosha residents every year, as a way of honoring the relationship we share with the City of Kenosha. Learn more about becoming a Kenosha Oaks Scholar.

Full Tuition Adult Scholarships for Kenosha Residents

Carthage offers two four-year Graduate and Professional Studies scholarships to qualifying residents of the City of Kenosha seeking their first bachelor’s degree. Each tuition-only scholarship is worth more than $110,000. Learn more about the Kenosha Adults Scholarship.


Careers at Carthage

Carthage is a great place to advance your career. See current career opportunities at


Campus Beauty

Carthage’s beautiful lakefront campus is an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Carthage has been a part of Kenosha County since 1962, when the College relocated to Kenosha from Carthage, Illinois. The College has invested more than $170 million in campus improvements in the last 12 years alone.

  • 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 wins, 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.

    • Our athletes rank up some impressive stats. So does our fitness center. The N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (better known as the TARC), is home to a 16-lane swimming pool, 200-meter indoor track, two racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

    • Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and water polo. Our varsity teams play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin — regularly taking home hardware from one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.

    • 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 …