• Unique strength within diversity. At East-West University, unique sense of identity prevails. Strength of the university comes from its concerned and caring faculty and staff. Within the environment of East-West is a sense of community. Finally, diversity is the real strength of East-West University. East-West University was founded in 1980 with the mission of providing quality, affordable, multi-cultural, and forward-looking higher education to Chicago and the world. The institution has grown and prospered over the years, from a noble idea to a significant institution of higher learning accommodating nearly 1200 students. East-West has repeatedly been cited as having the lowest tuition among private schools in the Chicago area, making a higher education with personal attention more accessible. East-West has one of the highest percentages of international students of any baccalaureate school in the nation; it is the only majority-minority four year college in the state of Illinois; the faculty and staff is among the most diverse of any institution of higher learning in the nation; its graduates have spread throughout the world making a difference; and its close-knit, family atmosphere has been successful in helping students to meet the challenges of making it through college to graduation.

School Highlights

East-West University serves 419 students (99% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 419 students
  • Private-state tuition: $19,545
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 98%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 43 teachers has grown by 48% over five years.
East-West University
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--General
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private not-for-profit
Public
Total Faculty
43 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of East-West University has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The East-West University diversity score of 0.81 is more than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
419 students
2,581 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
414 students
898 students
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# Part-Time Students
5 students
1,683 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
378 students
40 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
414 students
944 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
5 students
1,844 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
19 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
132 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
n/a
% Asian
3%
5%
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% Hispanic
19%
24%
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% Black
39%
12%
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% White
2%
53%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
32%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
2%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.81
0.64
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
36%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
1.54%
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$26,900
$31,800
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $19,545 is more than the state average of $13,695. The private state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$19,545
$13,695
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
98%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$28,810
$8,029
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in East-West University and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,386
$4,600
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in East-West University and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
41%
61%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite (Year 2018)
17
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does East-West University cost?

East-West University's private state tuition is approximately $19,545.

What is the acceptance rate of East-West University?

The acceptance rate of East-West University is 41%, which is lower than the state average of 61%.

What is East-West University's ranking?

East-West University ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown and Percent of students receiving financial aid.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 419 students
  • Private-state tuition: $19,545
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 98%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,645 per year for in-state students and $9,960 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,659 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Cook County, IL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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