Carl Sandburg College

  • 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 2,200 students (43% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.
  • Carl Sandburg College is the only community colleges within Knox County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to Carl Sandburg College is Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities (34.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Carl Sandburg College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 92 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Carl Sandburg College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty92 staff123 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Carl Sandburg College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Carl Sandburg College diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,200 students3,999 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio24:135:1
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# Full-Time Students956 students1,386 students
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# Part-Time Students1,244 students2,613 students
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% Asian
1%
4%
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% Hispanic
7%
16%
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% Black
5%
14%
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% White
81%
60%
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% Two or more races
3%
1%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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Diversity Score0.330.59
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College Completion Rate
23%
25%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,700$31,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,846 is less than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,854 is less than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,846$7,978
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,854$10,454
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%82%
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Median Debt for Graduates$4,000$7,736
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Median Debt for Dropouts$2,412$4,000
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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.

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