An aerial view of the Carthage College campus

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.

Our Mission & Values

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  • Nadia Musaitef ?25

    “I love how small and tight-knit the community is, and I really love the personal relationships that are made here. Carthage is more than just a school — it’s a family.”

  • “I have found that the help from upperclassmen in the Communication and Digital Media Department has been strong, and I have met professors in that department who will help me with any challenges I may go through.”

  • Lorelai Amborn ?27

    “Carthage has 100 percent lived up to my high expectations and given me so many outlets to perform and watch my peers.”

  • Héctor Rauda

    “Carthage faculty are impressive. Developing a good relationship with faculty members has opened my eyes to new opportunities, such as internships and research programs.”

  • Tyler Hunter

    “I chose Carthage because I really loved the atmosphere of having close relations with the professors and feeling more involved in the classroom and on campus.”

  • Clayton Markech ?24

    “I chose Carthage because I had the opportunity to get large-school experiences at a small school where the professors can get to know me personally.”

  • Brett VanDeWostine

    “From the first time I stepped on campus, I knew Carthage was where I wanted to be. Students, professors, and faculty at Carthage are super nice and caring about those around them. You are not a number at Carthage; you are someone with a story and goal.”

  • Magdalena Werger ?24

    “I was surprised at how smooth the transition from high school to college was! I feel very supported at Carthage, and I know that if I have a question of any sort, there are people all around to help me.”

  • Mara Lysne ?25

    “Coming to Carthage was easily the best decision I have ever made. The people here are so kind, the professors are always willing to help and want you to succeed, and there are so many ways to get involved. Carthage will always and forever be one of my favorite places.”

  • Serena Richardson ?24

    “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.”

  • Trevor Milne

    “Carthage is a college that provided me with a great education in multiple areas of study. While most other schools are known for either their music or STEM programs, Carthage has great programs for both.”

  • Abigail Davidson ?25

    “Campus involvement is so important to me, and I have made so many amazing memories in organizations here at Carthage. I hope to continue being involved while pursuing the education of my dreams.”

A commitment to Excellence.
A Tradition of Transformation.

  • >90%

    of Carthage students receive scholarships and grants

  • 92%

    medical school acceptance rate among Carthage pre-health students. * National average: 41%

  • No. 6

    nationally for participation in short-term study abroad

  • 100%

    of classes taught by faculty (not TAs)

  • 2,300

    feet of Lake Michigan shoreline

  • 17

    students in an average class

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 Best Regional University in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named a Best Value University in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 6 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad
  • 92% 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, 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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  • A Learning Moment, in Carthage College?s Sesquicentennial Plaza.

    175 Years of Excellence

    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.

    Our Rich History