Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard
Galesburg, IL 61401-0000
Tel: (309)344-2518
  • 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 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Carl Sandburg College is the only community colleges within Knox County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities (34.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 92 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
Carl Sandburg College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty92 staff123 staff
Carl Sandburg College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,200 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has decreased from 25:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has grown by 22% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,200 students3,818 students
Carl Sandburg College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:136:1
Carl Sandburg College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students956 students1,205 students
Carl Sandburg College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,244 students2,613 students
Carl Sandburg College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Carl Sandburg College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Carl Sandburg College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Carl Sandburg College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Carl Sandburg College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Carl Sandburg College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Carl Sandburg College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Carl Sandburg College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups 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.0.330.58
Carl Sandburg College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Carl Sandburg College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,700$32,200
Carl Sandburg College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,846 is less than the state average of $7,937. 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 $10,775. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,846$7,937
Carl Sandburg College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,854$10,775
Carl Sandburg College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%82%
Carl Sandburg College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,000$7,862
Carl Sandburg College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$2,412$4,000
Carl Sandburg College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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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Did You Know?
For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,937 per year for in-state students and $10,775 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,527 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 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.