2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard
Galesburg, IL 61401
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  • The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide accessible, quality education in a caring environment by keeping the learner's needs at the center of decision making and by working in partnership with communities of the College district.

School Highlights

Carl Sandburg College serves 1,755 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 47%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,755 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,846
  • Out-state tuition: $6,854
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 23%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Carl Sandburg College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 227 teachers has grown by 146% over five years.
Carl Sandburg College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
227 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Carl Sandburg College has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Carl Sandburg College diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,755 students
2,413 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
692 students
898 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,063 students
1,683 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
129 students
40 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
692 students
944 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,063 students
1,844 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
19 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
132 students
% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
7%
24%
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% Black
8%
12%
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% White
77%
53%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.39
0.64
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.14%
2.73%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$29,700
$32,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,846 is less than the state average of $7,972. The in-state tuition has declined by 13% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,854 is less than the state average of $10,688. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,846
$7,972
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,854
$10,688
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
96%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$4,500
$8,029
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,500
$4,600
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Carl Sandburg College was established by authority of the Illinois Community College Act of 1965 and was approved by voters in a September 1966 referendum. One year later, in September 1967, classes began at various locations in Galesburg, including the former Brown's Business College and the Central Congregational Church. Enrollment was approximately 350 students. The Main Campus is located in Galesburg with a Branch Campus in Carthage and an Extension Center in Bushnell. In addition, off-campus sites include the Educational Technology Center and the Annex in downtown Galesburg, as well as the Education Commons in Carthage. A WIDE VARIETY OF PROGRAMS leading to degrees and certificates is offered by the College to serve a variety of student needs. The Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), or Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is for those students planning to transfer to a senior college or university to earn a Baccalaureate degree. Carl Sandburg is participating with other two and four year Illinois College and Universities to list a core curriculum. Occupational programs are available as a Certificate, which may be completed in as little as nine months, or as an Associate in Applied Science degree, which may be completed in as little as two years. Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Carl Sandburg College cost?

Carl Sandburg College's tuition is approximately $5,846 for In-State students and $6,854 for Out-State students.

What is Carl Sandburg College's ranking?

Carl Sandburg College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Least expensive tuition, Percent of students receiving financial aid and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,755 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,846
  • Out-state tuition: $6,854
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 23%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,972 per year for in-state students and $10,688 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,695 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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