Frontier Community College

  • The mission of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529 is to provide excellence in teaching, learning, public service, and economic development. The District is committed to high academic standards for pre-baccalaureate, career and technical education that sustain and advance excellence in learning.
School Highlights
  • Frontier Community College serves 2,218 students (10% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.
  • Frontier Community College is the only community colleges within Wayne County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to Frontier Community College is Olney Central College (29.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Frontier Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 33 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Frontier Community College(IL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty33 staff123 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Frontier Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The Frontier Community College diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,218 students3,999 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio67:135:1
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# Full-Time Students222 students1,386 students
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# Part-Time Students1,996 students2,613 students
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% Hispanic
-
16%
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% White
97%
60%
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% Two or more races
2%
1%
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Diversity Score0.060.59
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College Completion Rate
72%
25%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,200$31,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,079 is more than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $11,070 is more than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,079$7,978
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Out-State Tuition Fees$11,070$10,454
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$5,211$7,736
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$4,000
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District #529 (IECC) is located in a 3,000 square-mile area of southeastern Illinois near the Illinois-Indiana border. The multi-college District includes Frontier Community College at Fairfield, Lincoln Trail College at Robinson, Olney Central College at Olney, and Wabash Valley College at Mt. Carmel. The first three colleges combined in 1969 to form what is now known as the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529. On September 6, 1974, the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' Continuing Education facilities in Fairfield were opened. The modest facility included a large conference room, a textbook library, a workroom, a secretarial pool area and an administrative office. On July 26, 1976, the Board of Trustees approved the concept of a “Campus Beyond Walls” for the Continuing Education Division. On December 8, 1976, the Board formally named the college Illinois Eastern College of Continuing Education. The IECC Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education had also approved the new concept and therefore it officially became the fourth college in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529. In 1977, a group of citizens concerned with higher education formed a Foundation in support of the college. The College of Continuing Education Foundation, now called the Frontier Community College Foundation. Also in 1977, a 6,500 square foot classroom building containing seven lecture classrooms was constructed. In 2000, a student lounge addition was added to Classroom Building West. On April 18, 1978, the college was officially named Frontier Community College. In 1986, the Frontier Community College Foundation constructed a 10,500 square foot specialized classroom building with five laboratory classrooms to assist the college in meeting its educational objectives. In 2001, construction on a new Learning Resource Center and Nursing Building was begun. On February 20, 2002, Frontier added the Sanyo Building to the family of FCC buildings on the west edge of Fairfield. The 38,000 square feet building was renamed the Workforce Development Center. Frontier Community College offers degrees and certificate in Administrative Information Tech (AIT), Automotive Service Tech II (AUM), Basic Nurse Assistant Training Progr (BAID), Basic Quality Manufacturing Skills (IQM), Computer Applications (COAP), Computer Networking Specialist (CNS), Corrections - Parole Officer (CORPO), Corrections - Youth Supervisor (CORYS), Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS), Emer Prep/Emerg Rescue Tech. (ERESC), Emergency Disaster Services Tech. (EDST), Emergency Medical Tech.-Ambulance (EMTA), Emergency Prep.-Auxiliary Police (POLIC), Emergency Prep.-Vol. Firefighter II (FIRE2), Industrial Quality Control (QAC), Industrial Quality Management (IQM), Information Systems Management (ISM), Nursing (NUR), Paraprofessional Educator (EDU), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate (PSYRH) and Web Design Certificate (INFO). The Frontier Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,978 per year for in-state students and $10,454 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 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.