Top Cook County Community Colleges

  • For the 2018-19 school year, there are 28 top community colleges in Cook County, Illinois, serving 134,513 students.
  • The average tuition is approximately $8,185 per year for in-state students and $9,668 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,648 per year (view national tuition costs).
  • The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 76% (view national acceptance rates).
  • Cook County, IL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65 (view national diversity statistics).
  • Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), and the student:teacher ratio is 39:1.

Top Cook County Community Colleges (2018-19)

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