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Lutheran-affiliated Carthage College is “a small, friendly school where you can get a more personalized education than you would get at a large university.” Scholarships are generous, “classes are small,” and a broad set of general education requirements ensures that students here receive “a well-rounded liberal arts education.” There’s a January term that allows students to study abroad or focus on one unique course on campus (anything from contemporary Spanish film to how to build a robot). Also, virtually all students graduate in four years. Student opinion concerning the faculty is mixed. There are plenty of “knowledgeable and effective teachers” who “love what they’re doing” and are “always willing to help outside of class.” Other professors aren’t as impressive. “I’ve stumbled upon a few professors who are probably related in some way to Mrs. Donavan, Charlie Brown’s teacher,” relates a classics major. The administration does a decent job. “It seems like everyone is on your side and is willing to do anything for you to accomplish what you want,” notes one happy biology major. However, “a lot of business office-related things get messed up.”

Student Body

Student at Carthage frequently hail “from the suburbs surrounding Chicago” and Milwaukee and they “tend to be fairly affluent.” As you would expect, “Some students are underachievers; others are overachievers,” however “Most are religious.” This is a very athletic campus and many of the undergrads here are “involved in some sort of sport at some point during their four years.” Not everyone is an athlete, though. “I don’t get the idea that Carthage is teeming with jocks,” says a freshman. “Music and theater is just as big a deal as sports.” Some students tell us that it’s okay to be odd here. “The student body is very nonjudgmental,” they insist. Others assert that “atypical students stand out.” “People who live a more alternative lifestyle have a hard time loving Carthage,” cautions a junior. Whatever the case, most everyone seems able to find a niche. “If you find a decent group to explore your college experience with, this school can be a good time,” promises one student.

Campus Life

The “lovely” and “very windy” campus of Carthage College is located “on the coast of Lake Michigan.” Students here like the fact that “you can walk to class in five minutes.” They don’t like the fact that “the dorms aren’t in the best condition.” Social life generally takes place on campus. There are several clubs and student organizations “that cater to the many diverse interests that Carthage students have.” “There are movie nights, concerts, mini festivals, dances, and dinners” as well. Music, theater, and intercollegiate sports are also popular. “Many people leave each weekend” either to go home or to visit friends at other schools in the area. Others take advantage of Carthage’s location roughly halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. “We go on frequent trips to the cities,” says a junior. For students who stick around on the weekends, “hanging out in someone’s room and watching a movie or playing video games is very common” but “finding a party is never much of an issue.” Students wryly note that Carthage is possibly “the wettest dry campus.” Further afield, Kenosha is “very spread out” and, other than a few “hole-in-the-wall restaurants,” “there’s not a whole lot to do.” “It’s not the best college town,” admits a sophomore.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Joan Volmut
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center
Hedberg Library
A.W. Clausen Center for World Business
Oaks Residence Halls
Lake Michigan
Located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Carthage is easily accessibe by car, airplane and train. Our 95 acre, park-like campus is on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Chicago
Downtown Milwaukee
Outlet Malls in Kenosha. Gurnee Mills nearby.
Six Flags Great America
A wide range of outstanding restaurants in Kenosha
Other nearby attractions are listed at http://www.carthage.edu/admissions/visit/attractions.cfm

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri individual tours, Sat group visits
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Most Saturday mornings during the school year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Student must be admitted to Carthage.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Chicago Metra Northern Line ends in Kenosha and station is minutes from campus. Milwaukee Gen. Mitchell Airport 1/2 hr Chicago O'Hare Airport 1 hour. Greyhound and Wisconsin bus terminal minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Route 1 (City Drive): Take I-94 and exit at Highway 50 (Exit #344). Travel east for 6.4 miles on Highway 50 (75th St.) to Highway 32 (Sheridan Rd.). Turn left on Highway 32 and travel north for approximately 4.1 miles. The campus is located on the east side (along the lake). Route 2 (Country Drive): Take I-94 and follow the Carthage exit signs to Highway E (Exit #339). Travel east for 6.8 miles on Highway E to Highway 32. Turn right on Highway 32 and travel south for approximately one mile. The campus is located on the east side (along the lake).

Local Accommodations
Best Western Executive Inn 7220 122nd Avenue (I-94 and Hwy 50) Kenosha, WI 262-857-7699 (15 minutes from campus) Best Western Harborside Inn 5125 Sixth Avenue Kenosha, WI 262-658-3281 (5 minutes from campus) Comfort Suites 7206 122nd Avenue (I-94 and Hwy 50) Kenosha, WI 262-857-3450 (15 minutes from campus) Country Inn and Suites 7011 122nd Avenue (I-94 and Hwy 50) Kenosha, WI 262-857-3680 (15 minutes from campus) Holiday Inn Express 7887 94th Avenue (Hwy 50 one mile east of I-94) Kenosha, WI 262-942-6000 (15 minutes from campus) Microtel Inn and Suites 5419 Durand Ave. (Hwy 11 east of Hwy 31) Racine, WI 262-554-8855 (15 minutes from campus) Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 11800 108th St. (I-94 and Hwy 165) Kenosha, WI 262-857-3377 (15 minutes from campus) Racine Marriott 7111 Washington Avenue (Hwy. 20 west of Hwy 31) Racine, WI 262-886-6100 (20 minutes from campus)


Applicants: 7,174
Acceptance Rate: 70%
Average HS GPA: 3.31



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