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Richland Community College: Narrative Description


One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521-8513
Tel: (217)875-7200
Fax: (217)875-6991
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District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: 117-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2945 per student. Total enrollment: 3,568. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 649 applied, 100% were admitted. 0% from top 10% of their high school class, 10% from top quarter, 61% from top half. 0% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 14% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.03% international, 40% 25 or older. Retention: 53% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1530 full-time, $51 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $5800 full-time, $193.34 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9712 full-time, $323.76 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $155 full-time, $4.50 per credit hour part-time, $10 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Forensics Club, Drama Club, Black Student Association, Student Activities Board. Major annual events: Multicultural Fair, Career Fair. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Kitty Lindsay Library with 39,452 books, 2,635 microform titles, 275 serials, 2,910 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $562,302. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Millikin University.

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