Prairie State College

  • Prairie State College is a two-year community college offering associate degrees, technical and career studies certificates, plus adult, corporate and continuing education. We're the first Illinois community college to guarantee all of our degree and technical certificate programs. We're honored to be recognized for the quality of our programs and services through six awards for excellence from the Illinois Community College Board - more than any other college in the state.
School Highlights
  • Prairie State College serves 4,574 students (39% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.
  • Prairie State College is one of 28 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to Prairie State College is South Suburban College (5.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Prairie State College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 169 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Prairie State College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty169 staff123 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Prairie State College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Prairie State College diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,574 students3,999 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:135:1
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# Full-Time Students1,774 students1,386 students
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# Part-Time Students2,800 students2,613 students
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% Asian
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4%
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% Hispanic
11%
16%
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% Black
46%
14%
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% White
37%
60%
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% Two or more races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
5%
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Diversity Score0.640.59
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College Completion Rate
15%
25%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,400$31,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $7,644 is less than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,084 is less than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$7,644$7,978
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,084$10,454
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid67%82%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,375$7,736
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,350$4,000
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Prairie State College's 123-acre campus is located at South Halsted Street and Vollmer Road in Chicago Heights, Ill. Our north campus facilities, to the north of Vollmer Road, include the Health/Tech Center, Child Care Center, Physical Plant and Facilities warehouse and headquarters, the Illinois Employment and Training Center, plus four wooden temporary structures where our Adult Education programs are held. Here you'll find English as a Second Language, Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED classes, and adult education computer labs. The main building, to the south of Vollmer Road, houses faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, and student services facilities. A four story-building, the main campus building includes a Technology Center, where programs such as Automotive, Welding, Manufacturing Technology and Air Conditioning and Heating programs take place. Prairie State College, Illinois Community College District 515, serves thousands of residents each year in the Chicago Southland region. We additionally serve a growing number of people outside our geographic district through our corporate training and international student programs. Founded in 1957 as Bloom Township Community College, our first classes were held in 1958 in the basement of the First Christian Church. The College has come a long way since then. Bloom Community College was originally established to offer transfer liberal arts courses and occupational courses. Most students graduating in the early 1960s earned degrees in the liberal arts. Today, the College serves a more broad population, offering five types of associate's degrees (associate in arts, associate in science, associate in fine arts, associate in applied science, associate in general studies), two types of certificates (technical and career studies) and training in many other areas. Part of PSC's growth began back in 1967 when the College was reorganized as a Class I junior college. Then, with the combining of four high school districts into an enlarged territory, the College was renamed Prairie State College. The Beecher district was added to District 515 in 1989 by the Illinois Community College Board. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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