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Moraine Valley Community College, located in Palos Hills, Illinois, was founded in 1967 and is Illinois' second largest community college, serving over 35,000 students a year. The school occupies nearly 300 acres, offering modern facilities and services to the community as well as over 100 degree and certificate programs. The school has an active campus life through clubs, organizations, and athletics, as well services such as day care and adult education programs to assist students in returning to school or making education a viable choice. Moraine Valley Community College is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to its enrollees, constantly reviewing and updating its programs to ensure they meet current standards and revising them as necessary.
Moraine Valley Community College offers a large number of programs resulting in academic transfer or career education. The variety of programs ensures that a given students will find a program that suits his or her goals. Academic transfer programs offer a low cost alternative to a four year education by allowing students to complete the freshman and sophomore years at the community college prior to transferring to a four year institution to complete a bachelor's degree. Academic transfer is facilitated through agreements in place with public colleges and universities in Illinois which will admit all students who meet certain academic requirements, though students may apply to any four year institution they wish.
Career programs provide an education in a particular field, usually in high demand, that require skills and knowledge in order to successfully perform one's duties. These programs provide training of those skills, utilizing practical education alongside classroom work in order to simulate the work environment and prepare the student for employment immediately after graduation. These programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or diploma to demonstrate one's qualifications in the field.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, all students who apply to Moraine Valley Community College will be accepted. Students interested in enrolling at the MVCC must provide transcripts, take a placement exam, and participate in orientation prior to registering for classes. Registration takes place just before the start of a given semester, with tuition fees due shortly after.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used to determine eligibility and awards. Students should complete the FAFSA prior to financial aid deadlines in order to ensure that funds are received in a timely fashion. Students may be asked to provide additional financial information to ensure accuracy prior to the disbursement of funds. Scholarships are also available from various organizations and overseeing bodies, each requiring its own application and awarded for a any number of reasons.
The Moraine Valley Community College Cyclones participate in a large number of intercollegiate athletics through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. The support for intercollegiate athletics by the school offers students opportunities to participate in an atmosphere of healthy competition, providing a forum for personal and group success and the opportunity to travel to a variety of locations within the state. Athletic programs also develop valuable skills that may be applied to one's academic and professional life, such as discipline, teamwork, and good health. Each athletic program has its own tryout dates and schedule which may be obtained through the athletic department.
Athletic programs offered:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Cross Country
- Golf (Men Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,200. 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
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $3,100-$3,700
- Out-of-State: $9,100-$10,870
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $120-$150 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $320-$380 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||42%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||36%||$5,228|
|Receiving Student Loans||8%||$4,940|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 9%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Moraine Valley Community College may offer services like:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assistance to find work
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Cook County and community colleges in Illinois as a whole.
|Moraine Valley Community College||Cook County||Illinois|
Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities
Many students from Moraine Valley Community College may transfer-out and continue their education at the following four-year colleges & universities:
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Columbia College Chicago
- Loyola University Chicago
- Northeastern Illinois University
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (since 2010)
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1972)
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
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Moraine Valley Community College.
- City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College in Chicago, IL (7 miles away)
- Morton College in Cicero, IL (10 miles away)
- City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College in Chicago, IL (11 miles away)
- City Colleges of Chicago - Olive - Harvey College in Chicago, IL (12 miles away)
- South Suburban College in South Holland, IL (13 miles away)