McHenry County College: Narrative Description

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8900 US Hwy. 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761
Tel: (815)455-3700
Admissions: (815)479-7620
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 109-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Total enrollment: 5,940. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 12% from top quarter, 38% from top half. Full-time: 2,048 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 3,892 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 6 states and territories, 17 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 39% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1740 full-time, $58 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $7333 full-time, $244.44 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8601 full-time, $286.69 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $284 full-time, $9 per credit part-time, $7 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Tallywackers, Latinos Unidos, Campus Activities Board, Student Trustee. Major annual events: SOAR (orientation), open house. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. McHenry County College Library with 40,000 books, 13,500 microform titles, 330 serials, 6,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Crystal Lake after which the city (population 25,500) was named, is the only natural spring-fed lake between Chicago and Wisconsin. Within the city are 27 large industrial firms and 45 smaller ones, churches, library, medical center, hospitals, and 350 apartment units ranging from small to luxury townhouses. Recreational facilities include the 400 acres of parks and beaches along the lake for all types of water sports and other recreation.

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