Sauk Valley Community College: Narrative Description

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173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Tel: (815)288-5511
E-mail: [email protected]
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District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 165-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 3,161. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,400 applied, 100% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 53% from top half. 0.4% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 50% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Highland Community College, Illinois Valley Community College, Rock Valley College, Kishwaukee College.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for health programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET, Nelson Denny Reading Test required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $74 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $259 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $293 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center plus 1 other with 55,000 books and 268 serials. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Dixon has a population of 15,701; Sterling (population 16,281) is a small industrial city, enjoying a seasonal climate. Ozark Airlines and Greyhound buses serve the area. Community facilities include a public library, hospital, YMCA, YWCA, many churches, and all the major civic and service groups. Recreational opportunities abound in the many city parks providing swimming, tennis, picnic areas, boating and fishing, along with access to golf, bowling, roller skating, miniature golf and go-carting. Jobs are plentiful in this highly industrialized area.

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