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Rend Lake College: Narrative Description


468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846-9801
Tel: (618)437-5321; (618)437-5321
Fax: (618)437-5677
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 350-acre rural campus. Endowment: $1.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2375 per student. Total enrollment: 5,142. Students come from 2 states and territories, 2 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 70% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at SICCM, Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Center, Reno Lake College Marketplace.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT, ACT ASSET, ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/18.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1824 full-time, $57 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2592 full-time, $81 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4800 full-time, $150 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 24 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Psi Beta, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Ambassadors. Major annual events: Career Day, Homecoming, Fun Fest. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center with 35,426 books, 68,500 microform titles, 265 serials, 3,770 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $286,412. 451 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college is located in a rural area with all forms of transportation available. Industries in nearby Mount Vernon, population 16,382, include the manufacture of electric equipment, radiators, women's wear, shoes, forest products, boats, automobile tires, and chemicals. Oil production and agriculture are important in the surrounding areas. Cultural opportunities offered by the State Law Library and Museum. Community facilities include 40 churches of major denominations, hospitals, a clinic, and major civic and service organizations. Recreational activities are boating, fishing, swimming, bowling, and golf. Du Quoin State Fair is an annual event.

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