South Suburban College (SSC)

15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL

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South Suburban College, located in South Holland, was founded in 1927 and was originally known as Thornton Junior College. The school was established as part of Thornton Township High School, located in Harvey. The school became an independent institution in 1965 through the Community College Act, establishing its own district and expanding its role and services, resulting in a name change to Thornton Community College four years later to reflect the school's new offerings. The school moved to its permanent home in 1972, and changed its name once more in 1988 to the current, as its better describes the location of the school.


Students may enroll in either career training or academic transfer programs, allowing students to pursue the track that best reflects the needs and interests of the individual student. Career training programs allow students to develop the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce in a given field as professionals. Students in such a program will have a mix of theoretical and practical course, and will learn to apply techniques and methods in a real world setting through controlled environments. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or degree, and allowing individuals to seek employment at the entry level.

Academic transfer is accomplished by completing the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a college or university to complete the final two years and earn a bachelor's degree. Students may ease the transfer process by applying to a public Illinois University, which has agreements in place with the school guaranteeing admission if certain academic requirements are met. Students looking to transfer to private or out of state schools should meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum for transfer that best meets the needs of the desired school or schools.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Any student interested in enrollment at South Suburban College may do so if they meet the minimum requirements for admission, complete and submit an application, and pay all associated fees and tuition. Students should also supply test scores and transcripts, if one or both is unavailable students may be asked to take a placement exam prior to registration. New students are asked to participate in orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus as well as to meet with a counselor to discuss curriculum, program enrollment and goals.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used by the school to determine a student's financial needs and aid program eligibility, both of which are considered when constructing an aid packet. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year, and students may be chosen at random to supply additional information to be compared to the FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. 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: $4,100-$4,900
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$13,970
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $140-$160 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $390-$470 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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid88%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships88%$5,422

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, South Suburban College may provide services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how South Suburban College compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Cook County and community colleges in Illinois in total.

 SSCCook CountyIllinois
Graduation Rate21.5%14.9%23.9%
Transfer-out Rate36.5%28.7%26.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1978)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1974)

Programs Offered

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

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

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