Moraine Valley Community College

9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937
Tel: (708)974-4300
15,286 students
Public institution
  • The mission of our college is to educate the whole person in a learning-centered environment, recognizing our responsibilities to one another, to our community, and to the world we share. We value excellence in teaching, learning and service as we maintain sensitivity to our role in a global, multicultural community. We are committed to continuous improvement and dedicated to providing accessible, affordable, and diverse learning opportunities and environments.
School Highlights
  • Moraine Valley Community College serves 15,286 students (43% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 41:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Moraine Valley Community College is one of 30 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus (4.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 373 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Moraine Valley 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 institution Public
Total Faculty 373 staff 121 staff
Moraine Valley Community College Total Faculty (2007-2015)

Student Body

  • The student population of 15,286 has declined by 15% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has decreased from 49:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 15,286 students 3,207 students
Moraine Valley Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2015)
Student : Teacher Ratio 41:1 36:1
Moraine Valley Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2015)
# Full-Time Students 6,624 students 1,118 students
Moraine Valley Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
# Part-Time Students 8,662 students 2,604 students
Moraine Valley Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2015)
Moraine Valley Community College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Moraine Valley Community College Asian (2007-2015)
% Hispanic
Moraine Valley Community College Hispanic (2007-2015)
% Black
Moraine Valley Community College Black (2007-2015)
% White
Moraine Valley Community College White (2007-2015)
% Two or more races
Moraine Valley Community College More (2012-2015)
% Non Resident races
Moraine Valley Community College Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Moraine Valley 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. 0.53 0.58
Moraine Valley Community College Diversity Score (2007-2015)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $8,256 is more than the state average of $7,252. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,576 is more than the state average of $9,471. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $8,256 $7,252
Moraine Valley Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,576 $9,471
Moraine Valley Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 58% 82%
Moraine Valley Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Source: 2015 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Moraine Valley is a cornerstone of success in Chicago's southwest suburbs. Since our founding in 1967, we've awarded over 37,000 associate's degrees and career certificates, with more than a half-million individuals of all ages benefiting from Moraine Valley courses and programs. That includes traditional college-age students, adults entering second careers, children and active retirees taking personal enrichment classes, and businesses improving their bottom-line through our employee and corporate training opportunities. We are one of just 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges in North America, selected by the League for Innovation in the Community College. With our emphasis on teaching and learning, Moraine Valley is at the forefront of higher education, ranking in the top 8 percent of American community colleges in associate's degrees awarded. In fact, one-third of all high school students in our district begin their college careers at Moraine Valley. We offer more than 120 degrees and certificates, including transfer programs that cover the first two years of a bachelor's degree; as well as exceptional career training, with learning assisted on the same cutting-edge equipment used by professionals. Our small class size assures you'll get personalized attention from teachers who are committed to your success. There also are support services, including academic advising, job counseling, and financial aid. We offer low tuition with flexible learning options, including day, evening, weekend, online and off-campus classes in neighborhoods throughout the district. Clearly, Moraine Valley is your affordable choice for top-quality education. Our extracurricular activities offer you a world of diversity representative of our student body. They include a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honors society for two-year colleges; The Glacier student newspaper; the 24 Karats Dance Team; clubs for learning and sharing about different cultural backgrounds; nationally ranked athletics teams; and so much more. Plus, at our Fine and Performing Arts Center, you can enjoy the finest in today's dance, theater, and music, as well as professional gallery exhibits. Moraine Valley's beautiful 294-acre campus, located in a scenic forested area, offers the advantages of a university-like setting within a welcoming campus environment. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Did You Know?
For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,600 per year for in-state students and $7,560 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,180 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Cook County, IL 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 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.