We asked students: What do you love about Carthage’s location?

From our wonderful lake views to quick access to Chicago and Milwaukee, students shared a lot of reasons why they love Carthage’s location. Read their responses below. 

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A rainbow is pictured over Lake Michigan.

1. The view.

Our backyard is the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and our Great Lake provides some pretty amazing views. Think Intellectual Foundations classes on the beach. Lake views from the labs. For those people unfamiliar with Lake Michigan, let’s get one thing straight: Lake Michigan spans 118 miles from east to west, so you don’t see the other side. “It’s like being on the ocean,” says Carthage graduate and now admissions representative Rob Schiferl ’97. We’ve even got a sailing club.


A look at the sunrise over Lake Michigan.

2. Sunrises from your dorm room

Many of our dorm rooms feature lake views. Emily Van Dixhorn ’26 agrees that having the lake next to your room is the best. “I love the lake breeze and how close it is to my dorm!” Post your favorite dorm room sunrise to Instagram — our students do it all the time.


3. The sound of waves as you study

Don’t just look at Lake Michigan. Listen to it. Students talk about how they love the sounds of Lake Michigan — both the roar of the waves on windy days and the lapping of water against the rocks on calm days. It’s the perfect background music for studying, napping, talking with friends, or serious contemplation about your future. “I love anywhere I can hear the waves crashing. Sometimes, that’s in my dorm reading a book, and other times, that’s outside sitting in one of the iconic red chairs along our beautiful lakefront,” said Madison Bazylewicz ’26.


Carthage student Evan Blievernicht interned at Snap-on Tools, one of the many global companies he...

4. The internships while you’re here

Internships are an important part of college, and often open doors for employment and graduate school admission after graduation. Because Carthage is located within an hour’s drive of two major cities — Milwaukee on the north and Chicago on the south — there’s a long list of nearby companies interested in hiring. To name a few: Abbott Laboratories, Kraft Foods, Uline, Johnson Controls, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Right here in Kenosha, you’ll find the world headquarters for Jockey International and Snap-on Incorporated, and SC Johnson is headquartered 15 minutes from campus in Racine.

The Aspire Center gives students opportunities to network and learn more about jobs in the area.

5. The job opportunities once you graduate

All those good things we said about internships? The same applies to full-time employment (only now add in getting paid and receiving benefits!). Carthage graduates don’t have to travel far to find exciting career opportunities at top companies. The College offers several networking events that give students the chance to connect with Carthage alumni, develop contacts, and practice job-hunting skills. The newest addition to the campus is The Aspire Program, which is Carthage’s career preparation program. The program’s approach to career success helps students prepare for life after graduation. Through the program, students design a plan to help them set goals for the future. Students also get early access to career advisors and a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.


Chicago is just an hour's drive or train ride away.

6. Day trips to Chicago

Chicago is a world-class city, home to such top attractions as Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Millennium Park, world-famous architecture, and top theatre and music events. So how to see it all? Just hop on Metra’s Union Pacific/North Line from Kenosha. The train station is 10 minutes from campus, and on weekends, you can get a pass good for unlimited rides for just $10.


Students can explore the art, architecture, theatre, concerts, great restaurants, and more in Mil...

7. Day trips to Milwaukee

If Chicago is the “Second City,” consider Milwaukee a close third. Milwaukee is just an hour’s drive north of campus and offers art, architecture, theatre, concerts, great restaurants, and various summer festivals, including SummerFest. There’s even a museum dedicated to Harley Davidson.


Science Center outdoor classroom

8. Classes on the rocks

Our science center includes an outdoor classroom with stone seating and a whiteboard. It’d be hard to find a classroom with a better view.


The Pike River offers countless other research opportunities in and around our 80-acre campus.

9. Freshwater research opportunities

If you’re passionate about chemistry, environmental science, geoscience, or biology, just look out our windows. Lake Michigan provides 1,180 cubic miles of petri dish potential, and the Pike River offers countless other research opportunities in and around our 80-acre campus. This freshwater ecosystem is the ideal environment to roll up your pant legs, get to work, and make some striking discoveries.


A student plays ukelele lakeside!

10. Hide … or seek

Want some peace and quiet? Done. Prefer a little noise? No problem. At Carthage, you get the best of both worlds. Just choose what mood you’re in. When you want a little tranquility, our campus in Kenosha’s Alford Park offers plenty of space to exhale. Hike through the arboretum or relax on the Red Bridge overlooking the Pike River. When you’re looking for some activity, the campus is just 10 minutes from two downtown areas offering shopping, restaurants, coffee houses, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, entertainment, and two stunning harbors. North, you get Milwaukee. South, you get Chicago. Anywhere you look? Exactly what you’re looking for.


At the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, students can check out interactive exhibits, fossils, and life-...

11. Galleries, theatres, and museums

There are over 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Just a few: Kenosha’s Dinosaur Discovery Museum and Civil War Museum; Racine’s nationally recognized Racine Art Museum; Chicago’s Art Institute of Chicago and Steppenwolf Theatre; and the Milwaukee Art Museum, internationally regarded for its collection and design by architect Santiago Calatrava.


The Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha.

12. Bucket list-worthy attractions

Kelly Siebert ’25, coming from Lake Zurich, Ill., has come to find some of Kenosha’s greatest spots. One of her favorite spots is Anna’s on the Lake, a notorious study spot with excellent coffee. “You can look right on the lake and see seagulls gracefully flocking everywhere, creating a perfect and relaxing environment to study or hang out with friends.” Other spots in Kenosha she recommends includes: the AMC movie theater, The Spot Drive-In, and the Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm, a local pumpkin patch. “It reminds me of going to pumpkin patches when I was younger and brings back many memories!” 

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The Caf offers new food stations and an outdoor patio overlooking Lake Michigan.

13. A cafeteria with five-star views

At Carthage, even the Cafeteria promises great scenery. The Carthage Dining Commons, or The Caf, offers new food stations and an outdoor patio overlooking Lake Michigan.


Cheese curds

14. The food

The Caf offers amazing views, but when you’re ready to dine off campus, you won’t be disappointed. This area of Wisconsin is known for culinary treats like frozen custard, Friday night fish fry, cheese curds, Danish kringle, Chicago-style pizza, and brats. Kenosha’s Frank’s Diner was featured on The Food Network. And pizza? You could eat pizza from a different Kenosha pizzeria every single day for a month, and you’d still have a few pizza joints to try. There are more than 50 pizza places within 20 miles. Some argue Kenosha’s version of Chicago-style deep dish is better than the big city; others stick with thin crust. We say try both.


Carl, the beloved Kenosha wild turkey.

15. Feathered, furry friends

Students aren’t the only ones who consider Carthage home. Our campus is also a wildlife sanctuary and arboretum, attracting various visitors, from foxes and turtles to geese and the occasional bald eagle — even a turkey!


A photo of the crowd at a homecoming football game.

16. Go Pack— er, Bears! Go Cubbies! We mean Brewers!

Sports fan? Not only does Carthage field 27 NCAA Division III sports (28 total varsity sports) but there’s no shortage of professional sports within an hour’s drive. From the historic Wrigley Field to the modern Miller Park, sports fans can find a unique experience in all seasons. Nearby teams include the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Blackhawks. Looking for something different? Check out teams you may not be familiar with, like Chicago’s Major League Soccer team, the Chicago Fire, and the Milwaukee Admirals for hockey fans.


Carthage in the fall.

17. Fall

They say fall only lasts two weeks in Wisconsin. But those two weeks are amazing.


Wisconsin winters bring skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snowmen.

18. Winter snow days

They don’t happen often, but sometimes you can trade in books and professors for boots and snowmen. Alumni still talk about Groundhog Day 2011, when a blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow on Kenosha and winds created drifts of 7-9 feet. Wisconsin winters also bring skiing, ice skating, and sledding (sometimes in laundry baskets down the Lentz hill).


Students play volleyball outside The Tower.

19. Thinking spring

Sometimes winters are brutal. So when the sun comes out and the weather warms up, everyone comes out from their dorm rooms for volleyball games, beach reading, outdoor music classes, and gleeful wandering in flip-flops. We survived!


Two friends hug in the A. W. Clausen Center near Starbucks.

20. Midwest nice

It’s a thing. Kenosha is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin, but it still retains a small-town feel. You’ll notice that “Midwest nice” on and off campus.

Josh Maraldo ’26 experienced this firsthand. Coming from a school much larger than Carthage, he loved the small campus and being able to know almost everyone.

“At Carthage, I feel like I’ve seen everybody at least once and know a bunch of people, so that’s been really cool,” he explained. “It is a really tight-knit community.”

Carthage just feels like home.

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