City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College

  • 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 8,762 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 52%.

Top Rankings

City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 377 teachers has grown by 81% over five years.
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty377 staff239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College has declined by 27% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 58:1 over five years.
The City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment8,762 students3,107 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio23:114:1
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# Full-Time Students3,078 students1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students5,684 students2,008 students
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% Asian
7%
5%
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% Hispanic
64%
27%
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% Black
5%
13%
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% White
21%
48%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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Diversity Score0.540.68
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College Completion Rate
28%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,300$32,200
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $6,460 is less than the state average of $8,158. The in-state tuition has declined by 20% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,891 is less than the state average of $10,899. The out-state tuition has declined by 33% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$6,460$8,158
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,891$10,899
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates$5,250$7,963
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$4,549
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Source: 2020 (or 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.

Profile last updated: 04/11/2022

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The nearest community college to City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College is Triton College (4.0 miles away).
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