Lewis and Clark Community College

5800 Godfrey Rd
Godfrey, IL 62035-0000
Tel: 6184687000
  • The mission of our community college is to empower people by raising aspirations and fostering achievement through dynamic, compassionate and responsible learning experiences. We offer more than 40 career programs and transfer options, College for Kids, a nationally accredited dual credit program for high school students, GED completion and workforce and safety training.
School Highlights
  • Lewis and Clark Community College serves 15,000 students
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.
  • Lewis and Clark Community College is the only community colleges within Madison County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley (13.70 miles away).
  • L&C Welding Coordinator Earns District Award - 09/11/2017 - Lewis and Clark Community College Welding Program Coordinator Travis Jumper again is receiving accolades from the American Welding Society (AWS). Jumper recently received the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor of the Year Award for District 14 of the AW...more
  • L&C Launches Program in Instrumentation and Control Systems - 08/02/2017 - Lewis and Clark will launch a new program in Instrumentation and Control Systems this fall, and interested students are encouraged to apply and enroll now.
  • Historical Marker Honoring Scott Bibb Unveiled in Alton - 06/21/2017 - Lewis and Clark Community College unveiled and dedicated the very first historical marker honoring the work of an African American in the City of Alton, Monday, June 19, 2017.
  • ICCTA Names Jumper 2017 Outstanding Faculty Member - 06/15/2017 - For the first time, Lewis and Clark Community College`s nominee for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Outstanding Faculty Member Award has been announced as the overall winner. 

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 660 teachers has grown by 223% over five years.
Lewis and Clark Community College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty660 staff123 staff
Lewis and Clark Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 15,000 has grown by 78% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has declined by 67% over five years.
Total Enrollment15,000 students3,999 students
Lewis and Clark Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio23:135:1
Lewis and Clark Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students-1,386 students
Lewis and Clark Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2013)
# Part-Time Students-2,613 students
Lewis and Clark Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2013)
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Lewis and Clark Community College Asian (2009-2016)
% Hispanic
Lewis and Clark Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Lewis and Clark Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Lewis and Clark Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Lewis and Clark Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.330.59
Lewis and Clark Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Lewis and Clark Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,500$32,200
Lewis and Clark Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,632 is more than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $12,656 is more than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,632$7,978
Lewis and Clark Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$12,656$10,454
Lewis and Clark Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition NotesSubstantial discount
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%83%
Lewis and Clark Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,840$7,862
Lewis and Clark Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$4,000
Lewis and Clark Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Golf, Soccer,
Softball, Tennis,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.28 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
A Cross Between Campus Ministry, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Association of Information Technology Professionals, Automotive Technology Organization, Biology Club, Black Student Association, Business of Comedy, Dental Assisting Club, Drafting Engineering & Mechanical (DEMO), International Student Association, L&C Student Chapter of the American Welding Society, LC Pride, Multicultural Student Society, Nursing Club, Occupational Therapy Assistants, OTA Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Processing Operations Technology Club (PTEC), Psychology Club, Radio Broadcasting (WLCA), Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM), Student Activities, Student Dental Hygienists, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Sustainability Association, The Bridge (Student Newspaper), United Nerds of LC (UNLC), Veterans Clu
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Lewis and Clark Community College is a two-year higher education institution with multiple campuses, a river research center, a global humanities center, a training center, an adult education center and Community Education Centers dedicated to empowering people throughout the college district, which encompasses more than 220,000 people.

    The college`s offerings run the gamut, from more than 40 career programs and transfer options to College for Kids, a nationally accredited dual credit program for high school students, GED completion and workforce and safety training. A national and state award-winning standout among Illinois community colleges, L&C was founded in 1970 and currently serves approximately 15,000 students annually. The college employs more than 660 employees and adds $369.4 million in regional income annually, which represents 4.7 percent of the region`s GRP.

    The Godfrey Campus is unique, known for its beautiful, historic location on the grounds of the former Monticello College, the second oldest all-female college in the nation, founded in 1838. The campus features the Monticello Sculpture Gardens, a botanic garden which comprises 14 eye-catching sculptures and multiple fountains, and is a Signature Garden site for the Missouri Botanical Garden. The campus welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to campus every year.

    The historic N.O. Nelson Campus, a former industrial complex in Edwardsville`s Leclaire neighborhood, is now home to the college`s Process Operations Technology and Instrumentation and Control Systems programs, as well as the St. Louis Confluence Fab Lab and the Leclaire Room, which is used for numerous community events. The campus is utilized by more than 1,500 students.

    Lewis and Clark is dedicated to public engagement, from reducing the college`s carbon footprint and encouraging sustainable practices and education, to delivering affordable healthcare to underserved populations through a Mobile Health Unit and an interprofessional, federally funded Family Health Clinic - still the only nurse managed clinic operated by a community college.

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Did You Know?
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 82%. 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.