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A Community of Deep Connections.

Founded in 1847, Carthage College is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Home to 2,800 students, Carthage blends the best liberal arts traditions with desirable degree programs, transformative learning opportunities, and personal attention from distinguished faculty.

At Carthage, we embolden passionate and compassionate students to pursue knowledge in all its forms, to seek deeper connections with people and purpose, and to use their optimism and creativity to make a positive imprint on a world that needs them now more than ever.

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  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/61/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,299/570_Alassane_Guisse.rev.1638389809.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/61/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,299/570_Alassane_Guisse.rev.1638389809.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/61/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,299/570_Alassane_Guisse.rev.1638389809.jpg" alt="Alassane Guisse 21" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="299" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The professors at Carthage do everything they can to make sure you do well in the classroom and beyond.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/420-">Alassane Guisse</a> ’21</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.jpg" alt="Cynthia Medina ?23" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/34341_Cynthia_Medina_23.rev.1650487813.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I had the opportunity of being the project manager of the Rocket Team through Carthage’s relationship with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. This was such a fun experience and taught me so many new things about rocketry as well as simple things like what it means to be a part of a team!”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1858-">Cynthia Medina</a> ’23</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/107/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/38,103,201,266/396_30615_HelenMarchant24.rev.1638389814.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/107/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/38,103,201,266/396_30615_HelenMarchant24.rev.1638389814.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/107/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/38,103,201,266/396_30615_HelenMarchant24.rev.1638389814.jpg" alt="" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="163" data-max-h="163" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “It has been very beneficial to have the ability to talk with professors one-on-one. Building relationships with my professors has even produced a difference in my grades! And building relationships with my professors will become helpful for networking in the future.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/518-">Helen Marchant</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg" alt="Serena Richardson ?24" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1956" data-max-h="1956" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The professors at Carthage want you to succeed! If you have questions, concerns, or any doubts, they are all ears and willing to help you get back on your feet. They have a lot of life wisdom to share outside of academic life, and I am so grateful for their continuous love and care.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1871-">Serena Richardson</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/487_Purity_Bundi.rev.1638389813.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/487_Purity_Bundi.rev.1638389813.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/487_Purity_Bundi.rev.1638389813.jpg" alt="Purity Bundi ?22" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="300" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The relationships I have formed with Carthage faculty members have enabled me to acquire opportunities and meet people I wouldn’t have met.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/485-">Purity Bundi</a> ’22</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/77/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/491_Ayanna_Crenshaw.rev.1638389813.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/77/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/491_Ayanna_Crenshaw.rev.1638389813.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/77/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/491_Ayanna_Crenshaw.rev.1638389813.jpg" alt="Ayanna Crenshaw ?24" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="300" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I am extremely involved on campus. I am on the Women’s Track and Field team, a member of Black Student Union, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta, and I am also a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/504-">Ayanna Crenshaw</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.jpg" alt="Nicky Caldwell ?23" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/89/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/33088_Nicky_Caldwell_23.rev.1644338353.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1440" data-max-h="1440" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “Carthage faculty have been supportive of my dreams and aspirations. It’s been such a comfort having these seasoned professionals and talented educators in my corner.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1513-">Nicky Caldwell</a> ’23</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.jpg" alt="Easton Hugh Herbon ?23" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/37/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,574,864/33493_Easton-Hugh-Herbon-23.rev.1645471666.jpg 3x" data-max-w="574" data-max-h="864" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “My biggest surprise so far at Carthage is the support I receive from everyone around me. I feel as though I belong here and that my work here as a student is appreciated by those around me, especially the faculty.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1533-">Easton Hugh Herbon</a> ’23</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/44/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/563_Matthew_Krzewinski.rev.1638389810.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/44/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/563_Matthew_Krzewinski.rev.1638389810.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/44/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/563_Matthew_Krzewinski.rev.1638389810.jpg" alt="Matthew Krzewinski 21" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="300" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The faculty at Carthage really want to see you succeed, and they have a lot of connections to help you after you graduate.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/486-">Matthew Krzewinski</a> ’21</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/116/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,185,374,559/405_Luisa_Nava_23.rev.1638389814.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/116/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,185,374,559/405_Luisa_Nava_23.rev.1638389814.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/116/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,185,374,559/405_Luisa_Nava_23.rev.1638389814.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/116/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,185,374,559/405_Luisa_Nava_23.rev.1638389814.jpg" alt="" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/116/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,185,374,559/405_Luisa_Nava_23.rev.1638389814.jpg 2x" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="374" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “My relationships with the faculty members within my majors are both professional and personal. They never fail to help me out whenever I need it.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/513-">Luisa Nava</a> ’23</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/93/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/47,79,314,346/427_AllyssaVargas.rev.1638389814.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/93/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/47,79,314,346/427_AllyssaVargas.rev.1638389814.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/93/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/47,79,314,346/427_AllyssaVargas.rev.1638389814.jpg" alt="" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="267" data-max-h="267" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The biggest surprise for me so far would have to be how much Carthage feels like home. Before going away for college, I never pictured myself loving a place so much.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/474-">Allyssa Vargas</a> ’22</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>

A commitment to Excellence.
A Tradition of Transformation.

  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">96%</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> medical school acceptance rate among Carthage pre-health students.</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">>90%</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> of Carthage students receive scholarships and grants</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">No. 6</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> nationally for participation in short-term study abroad</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">2,300</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> feet of Lake Michigan shoreline</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">100%</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> of classes taught by faculty (not TAs)</p></span></div></div>
  • <div class="text-with-stat__stat"><div class="text-with-stat__stat-inner"><strong class="text-with-stat__stat-number">17</strong><span class="text-with-stat__stat-text"><p> students in an average class</p></span></div></div>

Carthage provides students with rare access to uncommon learning opportunities, hands-on experiences, dedicated faculty, caring mentors, and state-of-the-art facilities. Explore, expand, and refine your talents on our inspiring campus, in the largest hub of social, economic, and technological innovation in the Midwest.

  • Named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review
  • Named a Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 6 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad
  • 96% medical school acceptance rate
  • Lead institution for NASA research
  • Generous scholarships and financial aid, plus a 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • New high-demand programs like engineering science, data science, and sports management
  • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Home to The Aspire Program™, a comprehensive four-year career development program that ensures all students graduate with the skills they need to succeed after college

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  • <div class="page-widget page-widget--callout"><div class="callout callout--image"><div class="callout__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg" alt="A Learning Moment, in Carthage College?s Sesquicentennial Plaza." width="1010" height="556" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/79/width/1010/height/556/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/32224_Lincoln_plaza_Call_Out.rev.1640877900.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </div><div class="callout__content"><h2 class="callout__title"> 175 Years of Excellence </h2><div class="callout__body"><p> At Carthage, we’ve seen 175 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters go out and go forth. We’ve changed our name — and even our location — since we were founded in 1847. But the core of a Carthage education has stayed the same: Our liberal arts foundation provides students with a strong academic, moral, and intellectual compass, so they become perceptive, resourceful, and grounded individuals.</p><p><a href="/about/college-history/">Our Rich History</a></p></div></div></div></div>