Frontier Community College

Tel: (618)393-2982
2,194 students
Public institution
The mission of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529 is to provide excellence in teaching, learning, public service, and economic development. The District is committed to high academic standards for pre-baccalaureate, career and technical education that sustain and advance excellence in learning.
School Highlights:
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Frontier Community College serves 2,194 students (10.30% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 52:1 is higher than the community college average of 36:1.
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Minority enrollment is 2% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 47%.
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Frontier Community College is the only community colleges within Wayne County, IL.
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The nearest community college is Olney Central College (29.39 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 42 teachers has grown by 250% over five years.
Frontier Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 42 staff
61 staff
Frontier Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,194 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 52:1 has decreased from 197:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.10 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 400% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,194 students 1,296 students
Frontier Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 52:1
Frontier Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 226 students
815 students
Frontier Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,968 students
1,025 students
Frontier Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Frontier Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Frontier Community College Hispanic (2008-2013)
% White
Frontier Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Frontier Community College More (2010-2013)
Frontier Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.10 0.53
Frontier Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $8,873 is more than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 30% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $10,811 is more than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $8,873 $5,694
Frontier Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,811 $10,252
Frontier Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 99%
Frontier Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District #529 (IECC) is located in a 3,000 square-mile area of southeastern Illinois near the Illinois-Indiana border. The multi-college District includes Frontier Community College at Fairfield, Lincoln Trail College at Robinson, Olney Central College at Olney, and Wabash Valley College at Mt. Carmel. The first three colleges combined in 1969 to form what is now known as the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529. On September 6, 1974, the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' Continuing Education facilities in Fairfield were opened. The modest facility included a large conference room, a textbook library, a workroom, a secretarial pool area and an administrative office. On July 26, 1976, the Board of Trustees approved the concept of a “Campus Beyond Walls” for the Continuing Education Division. On December 8, 1976, the Board formally named the college Illinois Eastern College of Continuing Education. The IECC Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education had also approved the new concept and therefore it officially became the fourth college in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529. In 1977, a group of citizens concerned with higher education formed a Foundation in support of the college. The College of Continuing Education Foundation, now called the Frontier Community College Foundation. Also in 1977, a 6,500 square foot classroom building containing seven lecture classrooms was constructed. In 2000, a student lounge addition was added to Classroom Building West. On April 18, 1978, the college was officially named Frontier Community College. In 1986, the Frontier Community College Foundation constructed a 10,500 square foot specialized classroom building with five laboratory classrooms to assist the college in meeting its educational objectives. In 2001, construction on a new Learning Resource Center and Nursing Building was begun. On February 20, 2002, Frontier added the Sanyo Building to the family of FCC buildings on the west edge of Fairfield. The 38,000 square feet building was renamed the Workforce Development Center. Frontier Community College offers degrees and certificate in Administrative Information Tech (AIT), Automotive Service Tech II (AUM), Basic Nurse Assistant Training Progr (BAID), Basic Quality Manufacturing Skills (IQM), Computer Applications (COAP), Computer Networking Specialist (CNS), Corrections - Parole Officer (CORPO), Corrections - Youth Supervisor (CORYS), Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS), Emer Prep/Emerg Rescue Tech. (ERESC), Emergency Disaster Services Tech. (EDST), Emergency Medical Tech.-Ambulance (EMTA), Emergency Prep.-Auxiliary Police (POLIC), Emergency Prep.-Vol. Firefighter II (FIRE2), Industrial Quality Control (QAC), Industrial Quality Management (IQM), Information Systems Management (ISM), Nursing (NUR), Paraprofessional Educator (EDU), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate (PSYRH) and Web Design Certificate (INFO). The Frontier Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Olney
    305 N West Street
    OlneyIL 62450
    29.39 Mi | 1,470 students
  • Mount Carmel
    2200 College Drive
    Mount CarmelIL 62863
    33.33 Mi | 4,512 students
  • Ina
    468 N Ken Gray Pky
    InaIL 62846
    33.54 Mi | 3,780 students
  • Harrisburg
    3575 College Road
    HarrisburgIL 62946
    43.62 Mi | 1,930 students
  • Centralia
    27210 College Rd
    CentraliaIL 62801
    45.20 Mi | 5,258 students
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Did You Know?
For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,129 per year for in-state students and $10,062 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,816 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.65, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Illinois is City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.