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College of Lake County, located in Grayslake, Illinois, was established in 1967. The school's 181 acre campus was donated by Paul W. Brandel. Since its inception the school has expanded quickly, requiring the building of multiple structures and facilities to accommodate the number of students pursuing educational opportunities at the school. The school serves the northeastern suburbs of Chicago and has an enrollment of nearly 18,000 students per year. Since its founding the school has opened two additional campuses, located in Waukegan and Vernon Hills, as well the Great Lakes Center and several extension sites to maximize coverage for residents of the community. College of Lake County is accredited by the higher learning commission.
College of Lake County offers a large number of programs and courses to ensure that a student will be able to fulfill his or her academic and/or career goals. Students may participate in academic transfer or career training programs as full time students, resulting in an associate's degree or certificate. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education at low cost then transfer to a college or university to finish one's bachelor's degree. Transfer from College of Lake County to a public Illinois college or University is facilitated through agreements that guarantee admission if certain criterion are met, though students may also apply to private or out of state schools as they wish.
Career programs offer student the training necessary to operate as professionals in their field of choice. These programs provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform duties and tasks at the entry level through classroom education and practical application. Programs typically take one to two years to complete, resulting in a degree or certificate that demonstrates qualification to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
Programs offered include:
College of Lake County also offers individuals non credit courses that may be used to update professional skills or licenses, or may be taken to further personal growth. Such courses do not require full enrollment.
Admissions and Financial Aid
College of Lake County is an open enrollment institution, admitting all students that meet the minimum requirements for entry. Students must complete the admissions application, provide all pertinent transcripts, and participate in orientation prior to registration. Registration takes place just prior to the start of the semester, with tuition fees due shortly thereafter. Students must also take a placement exam to determine which courses they will enroll in and certain programs have additional requirements for admission.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships at the state and federal level. Students in need of financial aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the school's financial aid deadlines. Once submitted, the information from the FAFSA will be used to determine eligibility, need and awards. The school may require additional information be provided prior to the disbursement of funds in order to determine accuracy of the information provided. Scholarships are also available from private sources, requiring a separate application for each one and awarded for numerous reasons.
The College of Lake County Lancers participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Skyway Community College Athletic Conference. Students are provided the opportunity to participate in health competition through organized sports, developing skills useful for academic and professional careers, such as discipline and teamwork, while experiencing the value of personal and group success. Additionally, students are exposed to good health habits and the spirit of camaraderie, which can have long term beneficial effects in one's development.
Athletic programs offered:
- Cross Country
- Women's Volleyball
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,600-$3,100
- Out-of-State: $9,100-$10,870
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $93-$110 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $320-$390 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||44%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||37%||$3,960|
|Receiving Student Loans||10%||$3,348|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 15%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, College of Lake County may offer services to students like:
- Distance learning
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for College of Lake County compared to community colleges in Illinois, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities
Many students from College of Lake County may transfer-out and continue their education at the following four-year colleges & universities:
- Northwestern University
- Northeastern Illinois University
- Loyola University Chicago
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Columbia College Chicago
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2000)
- Radiology Technician Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1974)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1979)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Illinois
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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