College of Lake County: Narrative Description

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19351 West Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
Tel: (847)543-2000; Admissions: (847)543-2384; Fax: (847)223-1017; Web Site:

Description: District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 226-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago and Milwaukee. Endowment: $530,495. Educational spending 2002-03: $3059 per student. Total enrollment: 15,768. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 2,183 applied, 100% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 26% from top quarter, 57% from top half. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 4,086 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 11,682 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 42 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 18% Hispanic, 10% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 43% 25 or older, 1% transferred in. Retention: 60% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; health professions and related sciences; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at McHenry County College, Gateway Technical College, Oakton Community College, William Rainey Harper College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for health programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to district residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1724 full-time, $57.45 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $5474 full-time, $182.45 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7064 full-time, $253.45 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $197 full-time, $6.55 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 31 open to all; academic fraternity. Most popular organizations: Latino Alliance, Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Union, International Student Council, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Welcome Week activities, Spring Fling, Retro Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. College of Lake County Library plus 1 other with 120,642 books, 298,335 microform titles, 904 serials, 8,028 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The college has 2 campuses. The main campus centrally located in Grayslake (population 6,400), and the second campus situated in Waukegan (population 67,600). Waukegan is situated in the northeast corner of Illinois on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. Excellent transportation facilities are available. Waukegan is an industrial city and is part of the metropolitan area of Chicago. Two of the principal industrial products are pharmaceutical supplies and outboard motors. Community facilities include over 50 churches of various denominations and municipal libraries. Recreation and sports include fishing, swimming, skiing, and hunting in the forest preserves. There are more than 60 lakes located in the county.

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