In the northwest corner of Champaign, Illinois, you will find Parkland College, a two-year community college with an approximate enrollment of 18,000 students. Its stated mission is “to engage the community in learning,” a watchword that is more than just talk. The school’s Center for Academic Success (CAS) was conceived specifically to foster student success, offering instruction in study skills, math, pre-college level studies, writing, and more.
Parkland’s cultural center doubles as a theater for performing arts and planetarium, providing students and community with cultural enrichment. The school also boasts a FM radio station, student-run newspaper, and a cable channel that airs classical and educational programs. Over 40 extracurricular clubs and activities offer students diversion from their studies. There’s something for everyone, whether their interests lie in academic, cultural, or social pursuits.
Tuition rates are an attractive feature of a Parkland education. In-state tuition costs are thousands of dollars below the average college/university tuition rates. Parkland College admits students on an open admissions basis; as long as enrollment caps have not been met, graduates of accredited high schools, individuals with a GED, and those 18 and over who could benefit from a post-secondary education will be accepted.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,400. 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: $3,500-$4,200
- Out-of-State: $14,000-$16,670
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $460-$560 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||73%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||52%||$4,870|
|Receiving Student Loans||53%||$3,729|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Parkland College may offer student services like:
- Online course work available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
- Day care
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 Parkland College compared to community colleges in Illinois, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|Parkland College||Champaign County||Illinois|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
- Dietetic Technician Program
- Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 2013)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1970)
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- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1981)
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
- Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1986)
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1974)
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Parkland College by clicking the request information to the right.
(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
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Parkland College.