City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College

4300 N Narragansett
Chicago, IL 60634
Tel: (773)777-7900
12,640 students
Public institution
Wilbur Wright College was established in 1934 by the Chicago Board of Education as one of the system of three city junior colleges designed to serve the post-secondary educational needs of Chicago citizens. Except for a three-year period during World War II, when the U.S. Navy took it over for training purposes, the college remained at 3400 N. Austin until the recent move to the new campus in 1993. In 1966, Wright and the other city colleges were reorganized into a new community college district, named the City Colleges of Chicago, with its own Board of Trustees and taxing authority.
School Highlights:
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College serves 12,640 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 61:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 48%.
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College is one of 31 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
The nearest community college is Northwestern College-Chicago Campus (1.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 206 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright 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 206 staff
59 staff
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 12,640 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 61:1 has increased from 55:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.67 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment
12,640 students
1,282 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 61:1
22:1
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
4,387 students
810 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 8,253 students
1,017 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
7%
2%
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
56%
7%
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
10%
12%
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Black (2006-2013)
% White
25%
57%
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races"
1% 2%
% Unknown races
2%
3%
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Unknown (2009-2013)
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright 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. 0.67 0.53
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,961 is more than the state average of $5,740. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,498 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,961 $5,740
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,498 $10,294
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 67%
89%
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) of Wilbur Wright College is located at 1645 North California on Chicago's near northwest side. The center opened its doors in 1995, and serves as an education and training resource for the Humboldt Park/West Town Community. The Center provides community residents with occupational skills training in areas with high employment potential. Wright College education programs lead to Associate Degrees of 60 to 64 semester credit hours and Certificates for programs of less than 60 hours. Six types of Associate Degrees are offered. They are the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate of Fine Arts(A.F.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate of Engineering Science(A.E.S.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) and other Certificates & Programs. The Wright College Library provides the student with a variety of books, periodicals, and electronic material for study, course-related research, and personal growth. Our library resources are available online to assist our students in meeting their educational objectives. More resources consists of quality faculty devoted to student learning, a campus culture that promotes the free exchange and sharing of ideas and allows for innovation, opportunities for professional development, facilities, technology, and staff that promote and support student learning, extracurricular activities and cultural events that enhance the learning community, counseling and other advisory services.

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For Chicago public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,243 per year for in-state students and $8,588 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,105 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Chicago is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Chicago 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 0.53, which is equal to the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Chicago is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.