East-West University

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  • 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 555 students (99% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 94% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • East-West University is one of 29 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Robert Morris University Illinois (0.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 29 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
East-West University (IL) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private, non-profit Public
Total Faculty 29 staff 112 staff
East-West University Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 555 has declined by 20% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has grown by 43% over five years.
Total Enrollment 555 students 3,722 students
East-West University Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1 36:1
East-West University Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 551 students 1,118 students
East-West University Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 4 students 2,604 students
East-West University Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
East-West University Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
240 240
East-West University Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
East-West University Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
East-West University Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
East-West University Black (2007-2016)
% White
East-West University White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
East-West University More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
East-West University Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
East-West University 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. 0.73 0.58
East-West University Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $26,900 -
East-West University Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $19,545 is more than the state average of $15,479. The private state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees $19,545 $15,479
East-West University In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100% 82%
East-West University % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $24,434 -
East-West University Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $6,259 -
East-West University Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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