Parkland College

Tel: (217)351-2200
8,437 students
Public institution
Parkland College is a comprehensive community college in Illinois dedicated to providing programs and services of high quality to its students and committed to continuous improvement, to academic achievement and its documentation, and to the concept of shared governance.
School Highlights
Parkland College serves 8,437 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 47%.
Parkland College is the only community colleges within Champaign County, IL.
The nearest community college is Richland Community College (36.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 280 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
College Parkland 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 280 staff
61 staff
Parkland College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 8,437 has grown by 26% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.58 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 56% over five years.
Total Enrollment 8,437 students 1,315 students
Parkland College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1
Parkland College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 3,150 students
815 students
Parkland College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,287 students
1,061 students
Parkland College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Parkland College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Parkland College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Parkland College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Parkland College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Parkland College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
Parkland College Unknown (2010-2013)
Parkland 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. 0.58 0.70
Parkland College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $8,805 is more than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $13,305 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $8,805 $5,590
Parkland College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $13,305 $10,086
Parkland College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 70%
Parkland College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Parkland College is a fully accredited, public community college established to serve the needs of District 505, the third largest community college district in Illinois. Parkland has delivered vocational-technical and academic instruction to more than 235,000 people since its classes began in 1967, according to 2009 data. Our college has become a center for educational opportunity and community enrichment in east central Illinois and has earned a national reputation for its excellent academic standards, innovative programs, and quality instruction. Built on 233 acres of landscaped grounds in Champaign, Illinois, Parkland is centrally located and accessible to all 54 communities in the district. Our beautiful, quiet campus is situated near the intersection of interstate highways 57, 72, and 74 and is just a seven- to 10-minute drive from the University of Illinois campus. Parkland is one of the most advanced community colleges in the nation. Our facilities include more than 85 classrooms, 60 specialized labs, a library collection of over 120,000 volumes, an FM radio station, an educational TV station, an experimental agricultural land laboratory, an art gallery, and excellent physical education and recreation facilities, including a fitness center. Our cultural center contains a 320-seat performing arts theater and a 50-foot dome planetarium, the second largest in Illinois. Parkland also has a child development center to serve the needs of faculty, staff, students, and families in our community. Parkland maintains over 100 degree and certificate programs designed for career and job placement or for transfer to programs at four-year institutions. The college confers the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in General Studies degrees in an array of traditional and nontraditional disciplines. See our catalog for degree/course descriptions. We also provide numerous academic support services and resources, including the library, peer tutoring, the Writing Center, the Learning Lab, the Academic Development Center, and online student learning tools and activities. Parkland College has provided affordable vocational-technical and academic education to area residents since 1966. Today more than 11,400 credit and noncredit students come to us for our career and transfer programs, community classes and workshops, and online courses.

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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 82%. 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 Taylor Business Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.