Morton College

3801 S Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804-4398
Tel: (708)656-8000
  • As a comprehensive community college, recognized by the Illinois Community College Board, Morton College's mission is to enhance the quality of life of our diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life-long learning.
School Highlights
  • Morton College serves 4,653 students (31% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • Morton College is one of 28 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Fox College (3.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 101 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Morton College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty101 staff123 staff
Morton College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,653 has declined by 12% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has decreased from 51:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.40 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has grown by 25% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,653 students3,818 students
Morton College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio46:136:1
Morton College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,439 students1,205 students
Morton College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,214 students2,613 students
Morton College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Morton College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Morton College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Morton College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Morton College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Morton College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
Morton College Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Morton 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.0.400.58
Morton College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Morton College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,500$32,200
Morton College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $7,604 is less than the state average of $7,937. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,652 is less than the state average of $10,775. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$7,604$7,937
Morton College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,652$10,775
Morton College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid74%82%
Morton College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$7,862
Morton College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,275$4,000
Morton College Median debt for students who have not completed (2013-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Morton College has made a considerable difference in the lives of thousands since opening in 1924. Morton was founded as a public junior college to further the higher education aspirations of students from Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other near western suburbs. Morton College was governed by the Morton High School Board of Trustees until voters formed an independent community college district in 1967. The current Morton College facility at 38th Street and Pershing Road in Cicero opened in 1975. The College acquired 12.5 acres of land adjacent to the campus' eastern boundary in November of 1994. The faculty and staff at Morton College believe that excellent customer service involves showing the students respect and providing accurate information. They show their commitment to the students by going "the extra mile" so they leave with the information they need. The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center seats 350 people and is used for all performances of the theatre and music departments, as well as for large group lectures and many community events. The Henry J. Vais Gymnasium is well-equipped and capable of accommodating up to 1,000 spectators. It also has a fitness center and a multipurpose loft.

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Did You Know?
For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,147 per year for in-state students and $9,660 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,648 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 76%. 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 0.57, 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.