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Illinois Community Colleges

2-Year Schools & Community Colleges in Illinois

Illinois Community Colleges, Illinois Junior College, and Illinois Technical Schools

Joliet Junior College is the first public junior college in the United States, established in 1901 in Joliet, Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly established the Illinois Community College Board in 1965 with a mandate to ensure that every Illinois resident would live within a short commute to a public community college. Today, Illinois' community college system is the third largest of its kind in the world; more students enroll in it than any other higher education sector in Illinois

Community colleges are similar to each other and yet each college is unique. While this may appear to be a contradiction, it is not. Illinois community colleges share a common mission. They prepare people for college, for transfer to other colleges or universities, and for good paying jobs that demand high skills. Community colleges also provide adult, literacy, and continuing education and services. What makes each college unique is how the college responds to the communities it serves.

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Illinois Community Colleges and Junior Colleges

There are 76 community colleges located throughout the state of Illinois (52 public colleges and 24 private colleges), educating 377,813 college students.

Top Illinois' Colleges, Community Colleges, and Technical Schools with 2-Year Degrees includes:

  • Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL
  • Triton College
  • Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
  • Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
  • Rock Valley College
  • Harper College Palatine, IL
  • Illinois Central College
  • Lake Land College
  • South Suburban
  • DeVry University - Chicago, IL
  • Elgin Community College
  • College of DuPage
  • Black Hawk College
  • Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • South Suburban College South Holland, IL
  • McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
  • Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby, IL
  • Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
  • Kishwaukee College Malta, IL
  • Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
  • Prairie State College Chicago Heights, IL
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College Chicago, IL
  • College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College Chicago, IL
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
  • Kaskaskia College Centralia, IL
  • Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
  • Frontier Community College - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Fairfield, IL
  • Olney Central College - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney, IL
  • Lincoln Trail College - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Robinson, IL
  • Wabash Valley College - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Mount Carmel, IL
  • Rend Lake College Ina, IL

Community colleges in Illinois: one of the largest and well-liked college is College of DuPage with 9,465 full time college students and an in-state tuition list price of $9,930. Southwestern Illinois College is one of the most costly community school in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $10,320.

On average, how much does it costs to attend community college in Illinois? For Illinois community colleges, the state's average tuition is about $8,129 per year for in-state college students and $10,062 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges in the state, the typical yearly tuition is roughly $14,816 per year

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