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The Perfect Fit

17 Absolutely Perfect Campus Spots

We asked Carthage students: What’s your favorite spot on campus?

1. The A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

1. The Clausen Center

“The Clausen Center for World Business is my favorite place to be on campus. First off, it has Starbucks. Second, it’s a beautiful building with a very professional atmosphere. The Clausen Center reminds me that Carthage is committed to preparing me for my career, and that I should be focused on my future.”
— Logan Frank ’17, international political economy and French major

2. The Integrated Sciences Pavilion

2. The Integrated Sciences Pavilion

“My favorite spot on campus is sitting in the comfy chairs by the big windows overlooking the lake in the Science Center. When you’re studying or just eating lunch before class, it is always so peaceful and beautiful to sit right there. Plus, being a science major, doing homework there is super nice because all of the science faculty are right there in case you ever have a question.” — Lucy Krenzke ’18, neuroscience major

3. Hedberg Library

3. Hedberg Library

“My favorite spot on campus is Hedberg Library. It’s the one place on campus where I can concentrate on my work and get things done when I’m on a time crunch.”
— Lorena Retana ’17, international political economy major

4. Patio outside the Library

4. The Tables Outside Einstein's

“The tables outside of Einstein’s. I love being able to sit outside while catching up with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, and doing homework, all while looking out at the beautiful view of our back yard, Lake Michigan.”
— Cami Christopulos, marketing and finance 

5. The Pool

Koenitzer Pool in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center“My favorite spot on campus is the pool, easily. Whether it’s loud and rowdy during a scrimmage, or quiet during free-swim hours, it’s a place where I can escape the stress of the rest of my life. It’s a place I can go with friends or by myself and come out in just as good a mood. It’s a place I can relax and drift (or rather, float) away for awhile, and it’s a place I can cry without it being noticed (because everyone has those moments). It’s a place where I can express myself without being judged.”
— Charlene Hoffman, chemistry 

6. On the Rocks by the Beach

6. The Beach

“My favorite place to go on campus would have to be on the beach down near Madrigrano and Johnson Halls. There are few places I feel more at peace than right by the water, listening to the waves crashing.”
— Claire Heronemus ’17, theatre major

7. The Stu

7. The Student Union

“The corner tables in the Student Union. I can quietly focus on my work while being surrounded by many others either working or socializing. People pass through the Union and stop to talk or catch up, which can be a good study break. The large windows give a glimpse of the outside world activity without being too involved with it and create a sunny, warm spot to study on a nice day.”
— Courtney Grever ’17, elementary education major

8. The Johnson Arts Center

8. The JAC

“The JAC. Sometimes I spend more time in the JAC than I spend in my room. Music is my passion and can serve as an outlet to me on the worst of days. It isn’t uncommon for me to play the piano and sing until Security comes to lock up the building.”
— Fletcher Paulsen, music major

9. Basketball Court (and Occasional Yoga Court)

“My favorite spot on campus is the basketball court between Madrigrano Hall and Johnson Hall. The scenery is so beautiful; you have the tall trees and the lake view all at once.”
— Ellyn Comer, Chinese major

10. Lentz Hall, by the View

“One of my favorite spots on campus has to be the tables in Lentz Hall by the big window overlooking the lake. I am amazed at the view from that window; I am able to really focus there because it always has a calming, quiet feeling to it.”
— Jade Eckert ’17, French and Finance major

11. Down by the Lake

9. Down by the Lake
“My favorite spot on campus is anywhere by the beach. When life gets stressful, it is pleasant just sitting there soaking up the sun, feeling the breeze, and clearing my mind.”
— McKenna Rakestraw ’17, music major

12. By the Christmas Tree

12. The Christmas Tree in the Stu

“My favorite spot on campus has to be right next to the fireplace in the Campbell Student Union — especially during Christmas season when the tree is set up, lit, and the whole union is just filled with this festive energy.”
— Jessie Bingaman, Chinese and Spanish major

13. Einstein’s

10. Einstein's

“Einstein’s. When people are looking for me, Einstein’s is the first place they check because I’m almost always there doing work, studying, spending time with friends, or just eating a bagel. I’ve actually been asked if I live in Einstein’s because of how much time I spend there. Despite it being a popular place on campus, I can really focus on my work while I’m there, especially late at night. And lucky for me, the area is open 24/7.”
— Brittney Frederick ’17, French and political science major

14. The TARC

The Semler Fitness Center in the TARC.

“My favorite place on campus is the TARC. It’s beautiful and has so many resources for staying active.”
— Ryeshia Farmer ’17, Great Ideas and English major

15. Backstage at Wartburg

“My favorite spot on campus? The dressing rooms in the Wartburg Theater. There are so many memories tied to those rooms for me. It’s where we get ready before performances, catch up on the happenings of cast mates’ days, get rid of our pre-show jitters and giggles, and generally enjoy each other’s company before we take the stage. Just walking into them, you wouldn’t think they are all that special. But throw a gaggle of actors into them, and they quickly become a very safe and special place.”
— Lizzie Calombaris, music theatre major

16. Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop

“My favorite spot on campus is probably Seattle’s Best coffee shop. It’s nice to grab some coffee and find a quiet corner in the Union and read for a while.”
— Sara Butler ’17, history and English major

17. The Caf

11. The Caf

“My favorite spots are wherever my friends are. And the cafeteria.”
— Benjamin Ertl, international political economy and German major

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), 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 and 2017, 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. 11 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 …

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