Carthage College
Kenosha, WI, USA

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Carthage College
3.86 Average Rating

Jensena from Portage, WI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Carthage College is a great place to further one's education. The small class size allows each student to get to know each professor on a name to name basis. I have found that the professors are more than willing to help students; the student must express this need for help and be willing to come in outside of class. There are tutoring sessions offered for classes, which are at no extra cost to students.
Am enjoying being here
Carthage College is located right on Lake Michigan, waking up to the waves crashing onto the rocks isn't bad for college life. However, I do suggest bringing lots of warm clothes, as winters can be a bit arctic at times. There are many campus organizations one can join. From chemistry club to juggling club, there is something for everyone. Getting involved helps create relationships, which can help freshmen feel more at home. The Carthage Activities Board has events planned for each weekend, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to have a good time. Also, there is an Amtrak that leaves Kenosha and goes to Chicago that only costs five dollars for a weekend pass.
Bang for the buck
Although Carthage College has a lot to offer students, it is quite expensive. There are jobs that are available to students in addition to work study such as: life guarding, food court, and office jobs. Scholarships are available from time to time, which students should take advantage of. Being involved in high school as well as maintaining a good GPA can help bring down the cost. It is important to always have your eyes open for scholarship opportunities.
Tips for prospective students
Unlike state colleges, at Carthage the professors know when you are not in class. In some classes, you attendance and class participation is a vital key in your final grade. Professors are more willing to help those struggling who go to class than those who do not put in the effort to show up. However, going to class alone does not insure a passing grade. You must put in effort to study for exams, complete homework/labs, and write papers—on time. Time management is essential to finding success at any college or university. The ability to manage homework, clubs, organizations, athletics, jobs, and a social life can be a challenge to many.
Great for these types of students
Carthage is a division III college filled with athletes. Carthage athletics are usually at the top of the conference, explaining why about fifty percent of the students are athletes. However, Carthage College is perfect for students desiring small class sizes in a semi-rural setting. In addition, there are many opportunities for students to travel abroad during J-term.

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Kimberly from Chicago, IL

a current student here
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In three sentences
I like the liberal arts aspect of Carthage College. I have been able to try many different types of classes that help me to know what I am interested in studying. They are very good at leading students in the right direction.
Tips for prospective students
You do not need to know what you are going to major in before you go to this school. Many people end up switching majors and you have a lot of general education classes to take. Take your time in making up your mind.
Academic Rigor
The professors are very interested in your doing well in college. However, you have to work for your grades. I know that my professors want me to do well and give me the work load that will get me where I want to be.
Dorm Life
I am pleased with the dorm life. People are interested in meeting other people and most of the time you will find doors are open. Some of the dorms are quite far from the classes but some find it worth it considering they are apartment style rooms with private bathrooms.
Food and Dining
There are many different choices at Carthage in terms of eating. There is a cafeteria which is being remodeled to bring in more options, a Baja Fresh, Wow Wingery, and an Einsteins bagels. Along with those there is a Starbucks, Seattle's Best and a corner store which is like a convenient store.
What to do for fun
There are volleyball courts, full gym and pool that are open most of the time, and a new outdoors basketball court is being made this summer. We are right on the lake and have grills along the beach.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
We have the Kissing Rock which is a rock on campus that the different organizations will spray paint on a daily basis. It is a great tradition as well as a legend which says that any couple who kiss at this rock will get married.
Campus Safety
I always feel safe on campus. It is a closed campus and most of the students want to learn and have fun. There is security right on campus that is always on call and there are always people around so you never have to feel alone when walking down campus drive.
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Alicia from Zion, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Carthage is about meeting new people and feeding off others ideas and outlooks on life. In most traditional colleges an intellectual development is highly stressed, but here you are encouraged to grow spiritually , socially, and emotionally into a vibrant contributor to society. Last if all students are heavily guided with classes but taught to enjoy the relaxed setting the college creates.
Tips for prospective students
Be flexible and able to time manage. Between classes, working on campus, and enjoying the party scene life can get real hectic here. You will be encouraged to have a great time, but academics is top priority in every aspect on campus. Coaches, frat/sorority leaders, and employers all keep a close eye on your grades. Also time management is the key to success. Sleeping late, forgetting to jot down due dates, and lacking off will result in swift penalties and makes it harder for you to catch up. At the same time come to this school prepared to meet new people and a positive attitude. It is easy to make friends and so many things to do on campus. You will never have a bored moment.
Academic Rigor
The academic level here is no joke. Teachers hold the students to a higher standard. Students have to be able to pay close attention during class time because there is a lot of information to absorb. At the same time be able to form original and a fresh outlook on topics you are asked to discuss and present.
Dorm Life
The dorm life here is split between two co-ed and two same sex buildings. The rooms range in size but there is room in each one to move furniture and get creative. Be specific on who you want to live with though because personalities clash harshly. There is a curfew between the buildings but is at a much later on weekends. The restrooms are shared, but they are cleaned frequently throughout the day so a sense of cleanliness is seen and felt.
Food and Dining
The food here is amazing. We have healthy choices and a delicious variety of foods. There are a few restaurants conveniently located throughout the campus so you can grab a bite to eat without being late for class. Also the variety is abundant so you can mix and match with food cravings.
Bang for the buck
Carthage is an expensive college. Knowing this though, this school has some great amenities. We have a huge theater which is free and hosts brand new and age appropriate movies. It has a sleek and beautiful state-of-the-art weight and exercise rooms. All games and sporting events are free to attend. It is located right near a train which takes you to the bustling fun city of Chicago. It has the lovely view of Lake Michigan as you walk to class, from your dorm, or in class and an on campus beach. The food here is fresh, tasty, and within the given meal plan budget.
Campus Safety
There is no need to feel afraid on campus. We have 24 hour security all along campus. You can take a late night stroll and see the protection provided around you. Fighting is dealt with swiftly and efficiently. The atmosphere is not hostile or dangerous.
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Annie from MN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
The professors here are incredibly helpful and really want to see you do well, which is why they try to make themselves available for questions or just for a chat. Since there are fewer students in the classes themselves, your questions can be heard, and you will probably learn more than if you were stuck in a giant lecture hall. In addition to the sizes, there is the substance of the learning, which is phenomenal. I have learned quite a bit in my classes, and, because it is a liberal arts school, I have had the opportunity to try out other types of classes as well.
Am enjoying being here
The scenery is gorgeous; I had a fantastic lake view from my dorm in my freshman year. There is also a lot to do on campus; nearly every weekend there is some type of event happening, whether it be a movie, a play, a comedian, a concert, etc. If there isn't something going on, you can always catch the Metra to Chicago or just get together with friends. Otherwise, getting involved in some of the many organizations on campus can help fill in that extra down time as well.
Bang for the buck
This school is expensive, but it is a private school on the lakefront, you are paying for fantastic quality here, both with the campus and the education itself. To help with the steep costs, Carthage makes scholarships readily available, along with work-study.
Tips for prospective students
-This is Wisconsin; having warm clothes is expected.
-Small class sizes means that the professors know who you are. Go to class. Plus, you will more than likely see them out and about on campus, which can lead to a guilty conscience or just an awkward encounter.
-If you don't have a car, make friends with someone who does have one. The bus system in Kenosha doesn't go absolutely anywhere you could possibly want whenever you want, so knowing someone well enough that you can ask for a ride is really helpful.
Great for these types of students
If you like that close-knit atmosphere, this school is definitely for you.
Also, a vast majority of the students are athletes, so athletes are definitely welcomed.
If you want to be near a city, but not actually live in the city, you would also adore this school.
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Brianna from Geneva, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Every professor I have had so far has been fantastic. They are willing to work with every student who needs help, they take time in class to answer questions, and they teach the material in an efficient and easy to understand method.
Am enjoying being here
I absolutely love Carthage. The campus itself is beautiful, being right on Lake Michigan. The dorms are great, they aren't too dirty or disgusting as other residence halls I have seen on other campuses. I have met amazing people here who are just like I am and are interested in the same things as me.
Bang for the buck
It is a bit more pricy than some colleges, but for being a private liberal arts school, I feel that it is decently priced. You are paying for an amazing education and great campus, and it is very much worth the price.
Tips for prospective students
Schedule an overnight visit with the school if you are unsure about Carthage, visit the campus during all seasons (especially the winter, as it gets nasty sometimes being right on the lake), and talk to some professors in your desired learning area.
Great for these types of students
People who like smaller class sizes and knowing a majority of the people at your school, people who like to be heavily involved with their school, and people who like being near larger cities but not directly in them.
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Jasmine from Chicago, IL

researching this school
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In three sentences
The campus is a very beautiful place to be. Small student body but everyone seemed very friendly. Staff and students are very forward about wanting to help you.
Tips for prospective students
There are a lots of programs to help undecided students find a major. Go for the traditional dorms freshmen year
Food and Dining
They gave us a free lunch at the Caf and it was really good there were lots of options and there are also other restuans on campus
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Luci

a current student here
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In three sentences
Carthage College is an extraordinary college providing extraordinary experiences. As a freshman I'm able to play competitive athletics in first rate athletic facilities, conduct research in biology, and travel abroad, while getting to know great people, enjoying good food, feeling safe, and having profesors that really care; I can't imagine going anywhere else; I definitely made the right choice!
Tips for prospective students
Get involved in activities. Get to know your professors. Don't put off your studies until the last minute.
Academic Rigor
I am getting a top-notch education. There is a good amount of work, but lots of support to help me understand and comprehend. I am definitely learning more than I imagined.
Dorm Life
Staying in the Oaks with the Honors students has been a phenomenal experience. We hang out and have become really good friends, and keep each other focused. We study together and celebrate each others successes - that makes it easy to really keep striving to be the best I can be!
Food and Dining
I waited until second semester, for some reason, to really explore food choices beyond The Caf. Although the Caf is good, I have really liked the variety of hitting up some of the other venues. Don't be afraid to mix it up - just watch the balance on your points.
What to do for fun
Meet people and get out of your room even when it's cold! There are a wide variety of organizations to get involved in and help you meet people. Take advantage of the multitude of free activities provided to students such as welcome back carnival, hypnotists, musicals, movies, athletic events and comedians.
Bang for the buck
Carthage is pricey, but I feel I am getting what I am paying for. I do believe I wasn't fully aware that some of my grants were only for the first year - I was disappointed to find this out and now struggle with more tuition bills than I even anticipated. But, I know I am learning material and getting the education that will help me get into Med school and to graduate in 4 years - that's definitely worth paying a little more for.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The Christmas program is really moving and widely attended by the community. The location is one of the highlights of attending school here. Being right on Lake Michigan provides the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the horizon and see the moon light up the water at night - I've taken some amazing photos and enjoy the views daily.
Great for these types of students
Carthage College is a great school for the serious student-athlete.
Clubs and Activities
Top notch D3 athletics.I participate in a medical careers club, yoga, varsity volleyball, and take advantage of the many free activities available such as movies, hypnotists, comedians, musicals, sporting events, spiritual activities and musical events and concerts. There's always something to do!
Greek Life
There's something for everybody. I chose not to pledge, but still accepted membership into the honor societies. It's a great balance, and nobody feels odd or left out no matter what your choice is.
Campus Safety
Campus security is around and visible. They make the rules known and aren't afraid to enforce them, although I see very little trouble around. Mostly, the security team handles traffic flow issues.
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Joshua from Kenosha, WI

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning very much at Carthage College. This is a small school with very few students. I am very glad that I chose to come to this school because of the small amount of students. I have learned so much mainly because the teachers are able to meet with each student and greatly help them outside of class. My professors know me by name and they know my learning ability. That is why I feel that I am learning so much
Am enjoying being here
I am greatly enjoying my time at Carthage College. I spend much of my time here because I am a full time student and I also work part time on campus during the school year and full time during the summer. Since it is such a small school, it is easy to get to know everyone on campus. Everyone is very cheerful and friendly which makes for a great learning environment.
Bang for the buck
Carthage is quite expensive, but that is to be expected for a private school. I do think that it is worth the money however. Each student is able to receive one on one attention if needed from their professors. It is a great learning environment, and learning is most definitely taking place on this campus.
Tips for prospective students
Carthage College is a great school if you want to come to class. With larger schools, you can not show up for class and the professor will probably not notice, however, at Carthage, the professors know who you are and will know if you are missing. Carthage is also great if you want personal attention and may need or want extra help and advice after class hours.
Great for these types of students
Carthage College is a great school for those who want to come to class everyday and learn to the best of their abilities. The professors know who you are and when you are attending class. It is great for students who wish to be known by their professors and would like to ask for extra help at certain times.
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Mac from Olympia Fields, IL

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Carthage College is probably one of the best small-private liberal arts schools in the Nation. Carthage prides itself on hiring the best teaching staff possible in order to help supplement students learning experiences. With small classes of at least 20 to *30 *(maximum), you get more of a personal attention with your classes and professors.
Am enjoying being here
I am so glad and thankful that I chose to come to Carthage College for School. I am pretty sure that I have made one of the best choices in my entire life to come here. I love the environment, which entails many things: students, classes, church, scenery, clubs/organizations and a countless number of other things as well. The size of the school really helps too, because for me it feels like more of a Family School, everyone is very friendly and we're all in this together! If you're feeling downed at all or need help/guidance, there are always great friends, adults, teachers and other, right around the corner who are always there and ready/willing to help you with whatever your needs are! I am also glad to be here at Carthage because of the many and great opportunities there are to be in so many different clubs and organizations, whether it's service, choir, band or greek-life. I have many great friends in the Greek System on Campus, in both Fraternities and Sororities.
Bang for the buck
I must say that as much as we all want to cringe when we hear how much Tuition costs.....I believe that it is fully worth every single sent because of everything that I have just specified from my own experiences and I am sure that other Carthage Students would also agree with me. There are also many opportunities to earn that extra cash, to help with tuition. If you are also looking for work, Carthage has a Work Study Program, in which your classes would be slightly different from others, if you chose to work during school hours. Carthage has many on campus jobs, which many students participate in. I am currently in the Carthage Pep Band, which pays good money and is actually the highest paying student job on campus! If you're a musician, I'd highly recommend trying out, it's a lot of fun too!
Tips for prospective students
If you are a prospective student looking at going to Carthage College, you have definitely made the right and probably best choice! Carthage is located just north of Chicago, IL and situated in the beautiful city of Kenosha, WI. If you are looking for a small-type college setting. Carthage College is THE place for you! You have nowhere to go wrong here because you have so many people who are on-hand to help you with all of your troubles. The location of Carthage College is also a plus because it is literally just steps away from Lake Michigan, where you can look out at the waters, boats, wind surfers, etc. If you're looking for fun on the weekend, there is the Metra Train to Chicago and Carthage is only 32 miles from Milwaukee and there are outlet malls galore and many other shopping opportunities.

I strongly encourage and cannot emphasis enough how important it is to at least try to apply to Carthage College. You do not really know until you try/apply. I am glad that I applied and got in and I could not say that I'd be as happy at any other place/school. Carthage is truely a special, unique and great place to be!
Great for these types of students
Carthage College is a great school for those students who want a smaller-school setting and are looking for a more family oriented school. You meet at least 1 new person/friend each day and by the end of the year you probably will come to know half the school! It is a great school if you're looking for more personal attention because the Professors are willing to set-up appointments to meet with students and discuss whatever it is that you are having trouble with in Class.
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Tyler from Kenosha, WI

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes at Carthage are all taught by professors who truly care about their student's learning. The Hedberg Library offers a large selection of books on basically any topic that one could imagine. The Heritage classes allows for a good amount of learning and discussion on several topics.
Am enjoying being here
The atmosphere is very nice. The location of the school is on scenic lake Michigan. All of the students get along very well. The school offers plenty of opportunities for students to get together to get to know each other.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is high at 38,000 dollars. The school does offer merit scholarships. Scholarships are needed if one wants to go the this school. Having said that, the sports facilities are very nice, featuring an Olympic sized swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, a large basketball court with volleyball, an indoor and outdoor track, two weight rooms, and an outdoor soccer/football field. The dorm rooms are a little small, but the environment on each floor makes up for that.
Tips for prospective students
Be ready to work hard, because the classes are not for students who are going to slack off. Remember to have a good time, and take advantage of the activities that are set up for students. Make sure to balance fun time and studying time. Use the library and the writing center, they are very useful when writing a paper for any class.
Great for these types of students
Those seeking a small school atmosphere. Anyone interested in occupational/physical therapy. Carthage offers degrees for basically everything one could imagine.
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