Everything you see on campus has been built with student success in mind. And, even though we’re nestled in a setting that hasn’t changed much since the last Ice Age, our facilities and resources look sparkling new. That’s because they are. Carthage has invested more than $250 million in recent years in residential, academic, and recreational facilities.

  • Live in modern residence halls with striking views of Lake Michigan.
  • Dine at Baja Fresh, Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, or The Caf.
  • Work out in the mammoth N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.
  • Discover in the sophisticated labs of our new lakefront science center.
  • Study in a new library outfitted with an incredible array of scholarly resources.
  • Unwind in a student union that was designed by students.

Academic Buildings

Science Center at Night

SCIENCE CENTER IN THE DAVID A. STRAZ JR. CENTER

Carthage’s $43 million science center opened in 2015, offering state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences and providing new ways for students and faculty to collaborate on forefront research. The new building includes interdisciplinary laboratories, spaces dedicated to student research, and an outdoor classroom and patio with amazing lake views. The Science Center is housed in the David A. Straz Jr. Center, which also includes fine arts facilities including the 400-seat Wartburg Theatre, and a studio theatre.

Read more about the new Science Center


Clausen Center

A. W. CLAUSEN CENTER FOR WORLD BUSINESS

Glass-walled classrooms, gathering space, and a Starbucks. This facility was designed for a special vision of business education, where students acquire an interdisciplinary mindset to succeed in a global economy.

Learn more about the Clausen Center


Students work on an assignment in Hedberg Library.

HEDBERG LIBRARY

Dedicated in 2002, Hedberg Library unites print, digital, and multimedia information resources. The growing collection of resources contains 120,000 print volumes and 210,000 e-books. It also offers 90,000 streaming audio albums, 60,000 streaming videos, 160,000 e-journals and 160 databases, as well as a media and technology suite for video and audio production and a 24-hour cyber cafe.

Visit the Library website


Lentz Hall

LENTZ HALL

Many of your classes at Carthage will be in Lentz Hall, one of the original buildings on the Kenosha campus. This is also where you will find the new Nursing Learning Laboratories for the Carthage Nursing Program. Lentz Hall also houses the Office of Admissions, Registrar’s Office, and Office of Student Financial Services.

Read more about Lentz Hall


Art Gallery in the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art in 2020.

H. F. JOHNSON GALLERY OF ART AND JOHNSON ARTS CENTER

The Johnson Arts Center (everyone just calls it “JAC”) houses our art, graphic design, and music classes. It’s also home to the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, which displays work by established and emerging artists and gives Carthage students a chance to engage with current regional and national art trends.

Visit the Art Gallery website

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Student Life Facilities

Campbell Student Union

CAMPBELL STUDENT UNION

A place to meet, eat, shop, and hang out 24/7. Completed in 2011, it also houses a theatre, the Carthage Barnes & Noble, and a convenience store.

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A student running on a treadmill in the TARC's Semler Fitness Center.

N. E. TARBLE ATHLETIC AND RECREATION CENTER

Work out in a student fitness center recognized as one of the finest in the nation. Built in 2001, the “TARC” has a 16-lane swimming pool, indoor rock climbing wall, 200-meter indoor track, racquetball courts, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

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Tarble Arena

TARBLE ARENA

Tarble Arena hosts Carthage sports events (see below), but it’s also an outstanding venue for concerts and other special events. The arena has played host to artists such as Phillip Phillips, The Fray, The Script, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Bob Dylan. Completed in 2009, the facility holds 2,500-3,000 for basketball and volleyball games, and other events.

Read more about Tarble Arena


In 2021, esports became the first coed varsity sport at Carthage, and the 28th overall sport for ...

Esports Arena

Enjoy playing games, watching movies, and hanging out with friends in the Esports Arena. Open to all students, the Esports Arena houses 24 PC gaming stations, a lounge area, big-screen televisions, a built-in classroom, and console stations.

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Red bridge in fall

ALICE MOODY CHAPIN ARBORETUM

Carthage’s 80-acre campus is an arboretum that sustains a variety of ecosystems. Over the past two decades, the College has planted many plants, trees, and shrubs to maintain its picturesque, park-like atmosphere. The arboretum lets students unwind in a natural setting, but also conduct research for classes and independently.


Students sit down to eat a meal at The Caf.

THE CAF

Our cafeteria isn’t like most college cafeterias. The Caf comes with outdoor seating and spectacular lake views. Remodeled during the summer of 2012, The Caf dishes out more than just tasty cuisine. Numerous charity fundraisers and roundtable discussions are held here.


Lincoln statue in the spring

SESQUICENTENNIAL PLAZA

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. Everyone who knows Carthage knows “the Lincoln Statue.” Spend some time in our central plaza. On warm days, you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

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Residence Halls

The Tower Residence Hall at Carthage College

THE TOWER

The Tower Residence Hall, Carthage’s newest residential building, welcomed its first residents in fall 2018. This eight-story building connects Joseph Johnson and Madrigrano Family residence halls and offers stunning views of both Lake Michigan and the Carthage campus. Students can spend time studying or relaxing on the first two floors, which are dedicated common spaces. The top six floors are reserved for housing, with space for up to 126 students.

Read more about “The Tower”


The Oaks Residence Hall

THE OAKS RESIDENTIAL VILLAGE

The Oaks village is a new cluster of six villas on the south side of campus, overlooking Lake Michigan. The Oaks feature private rooms and baths in suite arrangements with common lounge areas for each floor and dedicated study rooms in the basement. Each room has stunning views of Lake Michigan and/or a beautiful wooded area.

Read more and see photos of The Oaks


Johnson Hall

ALL RESIDENCE HALLS

Carthage has 11 residence halls including the Oaks Village, and recent renovations have accommodated rising enrollment. Enjoy traditional rooms, suite-style rooms, study-intensive wings, even sand volleyball courts. Residence Halls include Denhart Hall, Johnson Hall, Tarble Hall, and Madrigrano Hall.

Read more about Carthage residence halls

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Athletic Facilities

Students use the TRX Suspension Trainer in the TARC's Semler Fitness Center in January 2014. TRX ...

N. E. TARBLE ATHLETIC AND RECREATION CENTER

Features include a 16-lane swimming pool, indoor rock-climbing wall, 200-meter indoor track, a racquetball court, and 5,000-square-foot fitness center. Known as “the TARC,” it’s recognized as one of the finest student fitness centers in the nation.

Read more about the TARC


TARC exterior, Art Keller Field

ART KELLER FIELD

From a state-of-the-art AstroPlay surface to new bleachers and lighting, Art Keller Field has seen many renovations since it was built in 1965. A new press box and all-new seating for 1,432 spectators was added in 2011. Seating for the facility is 2,418 for football, soccer, track and field, and lacrosse events.

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Carthage women's volleyball win a match.

TARBLE ARENA

A dazzling 2009 renovation transformed the former Physical Education Center into an outstanding venue for sports and special events, offering a Division I experience in a Division III setting. The facility includes an athletic training facility, indoor golf practice center, and strength training center.

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HARIBO Pool in the Koenitzer Aquatic Center

KOENITZER AQUATIC CENTER

The Koenitzer Aquatic Center features a 600,000-gallon swimming pool — more than three times the size of the previous pool. It measures 25 meters by 40 meters, 10 meters shy of an Olympic-size pool. Balcony seating can accommodate 100 spectators. A 15-person whirlpool adds to the aquatic center’s appeal.

Read more about the Koenitzer Aquatic Center


Smeds Tennis Center

SMEDS TENNIS CENTER

Opened in 1999, the Smeds Tennis Center includes 10 courts, six of which feature lights and stadium seating. The complex also has locker rooms, restrooms, a team-meeting space and concession area.

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Carthage Esports Arena

Esports Arena

Home of the Carthage esports team, the Esports Arena includes 24 PC gaming stations, a lounge area, big-screen televisions, a built-in classroom, and console stations. This multipurpose facility is located on the lower level of the Todd Wehr Center and is open to all students.

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Fine Arts Facilities

Christine Barreca and Geovanni Virella-Torres in a Carthage Dance Show.

STUDIOS, THEATRES, LABS, AND MORE

Fine arts facilities at Carthage include six naturally lit art studios; a state-of-the-art computer graphics and electronic music laboratory; the magnificent Fritsch Memorial Organ in A. F. Siebert Chapel; a flexible recital hall and art gallery; the Wartburg Theatre and Studio Theatre; and music teaching studios, ensemble rooms, and practice rooms.

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Spiritual Life Facilities

Students walking in front of chapel.

A. F. SIEBERT CHAPEL

This striking building has been the chief symbol of religious life at Carthage for 40 years. Located in the center of campus, it is the primary space in which the Carthage community assembles for worship, convocations, and other events. The Fritsch Memorial Casavant pipe organ is one of the finest tracker-action organs in the Midwest.

Read more about Carthage worship spaces


Joan C. Potente Chapel

JOAN C. POTENTE CHAPEL

This chapel, nestled among The Oaks Residential Village at the south end of campus, provides an oasis for nurturing the spirit. Six geothermal wells were installed beneath the chapel, providing its temperature control. The only energy used to heat and cool the chapel is the electricity needed to run a pump and fan.


The Meditation Chapel in winter.

WALTER FRITSCH MEDITATION CHAPEL

The 40-seat Fritsch Meditation Chapel, situated in a grove of trees across from Lentz Hall, was constructed of native Lannon stone with timber frames. It is used by individuals and small groups for private meditation, Eucharist and prayer services. The chapel has a Greek cross fashioned by internationally renowned liturgical artist Eugene Potente Jr.

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