East-West University

  • 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 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 94% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.
  • East-West University is one of 28 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to East-West University is Robert Morris University Illinois (0.4 miles away).

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East-West University places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 29 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
East-West University(IL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPublic
Total Faculty29 staff123 staff
East-West University Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of East-West University has declined by 36% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The East-West University diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment555 students3,999 students
East-West University Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio19:135:1
East-West University Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students551 students1,386 students
East-West University Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4 students2,613 students
East-West University Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
East-West University Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
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 Score0.730.59
East-West University Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$26,900$31,800
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 $15,527. The private state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$19,545$15,527
East-West University In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%83%
East-West University % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$24,433$7,736
East-West University Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,258$4,000
East-West University Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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Did You Know?
For Chicago public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,721 per year for in-state students and $8,973 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,602 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Chicago is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Chicago community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Chicago is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.