• Quincy Beauty Academy has been in continuous operation since 1945, training students in the skills of cosmetology. It became a Division of Gem City College on January 1, 1975.

School Highlights

Gem City College serves 26 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 4:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 4% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 52%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 26 students
  • Student:teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Minority enrollment: 4%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 7 teachers has grown by 75% over five years.
Gem City College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Not applicable, not in Carnegie universe (not accredited or nondegree-granting)
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
7 staff
239 staff
This chart display total faculty of Gem City College and community college average number of faculty in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Number of Programs Offered
5
6

Student Body

The student population of Gem City College has declined by 49% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 4:1 has decreased from 13:1 over five years.
The Gem City College diversity score of 0.08 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
26 students
3,107 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Gem City College and community college average number of enrollment of IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
14:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Gem City College and community college average student staff ratio of IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
26 students
1,099 students
This chart display the total number of Full-Time students enrollment of Gem City College and average number of community college Full-Time students enrollment of IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
n/a
2,008 students
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Gem City College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of IL.
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
136 students
% Asian
n/a
5%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Gem City College and the percentage of Asian community college students in IL by year, with the latest 2009-10 school year data.
% Hispanic
n/a
27%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Gem City College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in IL by year, with the latest 2007-08 school year data.
% Black
4%
13%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Gem City College and the percentage of Black community college students in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
96%
48%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Gem City College and the percentage of White community college students in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
n/a
3%
% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
n/a
3%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Gem City College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.08
0.68
This chart display the diversity score of Gem City College and the community college average diversity score of IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
62%
33%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Gem City College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of IL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$19,700
$32,200
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Gem City College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of IL by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
60%
76%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Gem City College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,833
$7,500
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Gem City College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,750
$3,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Gem City College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Your training at Quincy Beauty Academy is merely the beginning to a whole lifetime of learning. This basic training can be expanded upon to allow you to have many different careers - all in the cosmetology profession. Excellence - it's a well-known tradition at Gem City College School of Horology. Recommendations by master jewelers across the country attest to Gem City's reputation as one of the best training centers available for learning the fine art of watchmaking, clock repair, engraving and jewelry design and repair. We offer training that can give you immediate recognition as a qualified craftsman with skills that are in great demand! Each lesson in the GCC home study program is made up on text material, a self-check test and a practical job assignment. When students have completed a job assignment, they return it to the school for correction, evaluation, and comments by the instructor. Thus, the instructor can spot both strengths and areas in which more work is needed while the student progresses through the training. Instructors will suggest ways for the students to overcome difficulties and answer any questions about the work. Students receive careful, personal attention from their instructor. The instructors engaged in the GCC Home Study Program are experts in their fields. The classroom teaching experience makes them well acquainted with the types of problems commonly encountered by beginning students. Also they have had experience working in their own jewelry and watch repair businesses, so they know the practical problems which face professional jewelers. Specially constructed carousel stations provided attractive working space for the advanced students. Those in the beginning stages of study have access to the facilities. Instruction is implemented by audio-visual aids, and new techniques allow an up-to-date curriculum.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 26 students
  • Student:teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Minority enrollment: 4%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,158 per year for in-state students and $10,899 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,031 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 91%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Rasmussen College-Illinois. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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