Frontier Community College

Tel: (618)393-2982
  • 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 American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Frontier Community College is the only community colleges within Wayne County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Olney Central College (29.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 33 teachers has grown by 229% over five years.
Frontier Community College (IL) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 33 staff 112 staff
Frontier Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,218 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has grown by 49% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,218 students 3,722 students
Frontier Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 67:1 36:1
Frontier Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 222 students 1,118 students
Frontier Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 1,996 students 2,604 students
Frontier Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Frontier Community College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
-
15%
Frontier Community College Hispanic (2009-2013)
% White
97%
61%
Frontier Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
1%
Frontier Community College More (2011-2016)
Frontier Community College 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. 0.06 0.58
Frontier Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
72%
25%
Frontier Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $28,200 $32,200
Frontier Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,079 is more than the state average of $7,963. 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 $10,732. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $9,079 $7,963
Frontier Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $11,070 $10,732
Frontier Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100% 82%
Frontier Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $5,211 $7,862
Frontier Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,500 $4,000
Frontier Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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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Did You Know?
For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,963 per year for in-state students and $10,732 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,823 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a 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. of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.