• Welcome to Richland Community College! We are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic, personal, and overall education goals. 
  • The mission of Richland Community College is to provide innovative educational environments, opportunities, and experiences that enable individuals, communities, and the region to grow, thrive, and prosper.

School Highlights

Richland Community College serves 2,846 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 52%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,846 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,835
  • Out-state tuition: $26,700
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

The teacher population of 215 teachers has grown by 53% over five years.
Richland Community College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
215 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Richland Community College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The Richland Community College diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,846 students
3,107 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
766 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,080 students
2,008 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Richland Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
243 students
365 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
766 students
1,109 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,080 students
2,080 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
136 students
% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
3%
27%
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% Black
15%
13%
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% White
75%
48%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
3%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.41
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
1.83%
2.73%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,400
$32,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,835 is less than the state average of $8,222. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $26,700 is more than the state average of $10,831. The out-state tuition has grown by 82% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,835
$8,222
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$26,700
$10,831
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
87%
76%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$7,477
$8,029
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,542
$4,618
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Alpha Delta Nu, Black Student Association, Delta Alpha Pi, H.O.P.E. Club (Helping Out People Everywhere), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Media Club/Communicatur, Nursing Club, P.R.I.D.E. (People Respecting Individual Differences in Everyone), Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Leaders in the Community (SLIC), Surgical Technology Club, X-Ray Vision Club
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Richland Community College, founded in 1971, is a comprehensive community college offering transfer/baccalaureate, technical, continuing education, and community service programs. The College has an "Open Door" policy, which allows anyone within the District that could benefit from higher education to be admitted to the College. The purpose of a comprehensive community college is to serve all who then can serve to build a better society. Richland serves residents of Macon County and parts of Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, and Shelby Counties. Approximately 6,600 students are served annually at the main campus in Decatur, the Clinton Higher Learning Center, the Fairview Park Plaza Center, and other locations throughout the District. Richland offers several transfer/baccalaureate associate degrees, including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, and Associate of Engineering Science. Over 30 areas of concentration (majors) are available for students. Students can transfer their credits to a four-year college or university. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs are designed to prepare students to move directly into the workforce with specific skills. Students can earn Basic Certificates, Advanced Certificates or Associate in Applied Science Degrees in over 40 different career areas. Customized training is available through the Continuing and Professional Education Division. Students can select from a broad scope of programs designed to meet all types of needs including computer, basic skills, customer services, technical training, occupational safety training, commercial truck drivers, and management training.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Richland Community College cost?

Richland Community College's tuition is approximately $5,835 for In-State students and $26,700 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,846 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,835
  • Out-state tuition: $26,700
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,222 per year for in-state students and $10,831 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,299 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 91%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Rasmussen College-Illinois. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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