South Suburban College

  • The south suburbs are growing and changing, creating exciting career opportunities for trained professionals. South Suburban College provides a quality education that matches the quality of life available to residents of the south suburbs.
School Highlights
  • South Suburban College serves 4,329 students (40% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.
  • South Suburban College is one of 28 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to South Suburban College is Prairie State College (5.2 miles away).

Top Placements

South Suburban College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 157 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
South Suburban College(IL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty157 staff123 staff
South Suburban College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of South Suburban College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South Suburban College diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,329 students3,999 students
South Suburban College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio28:135:1
South Suburban College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,725 students1,386 students
South Suburban College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,604 students2,613 students
South Suburban College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South Suburban College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
South Suburban College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
South Suburban College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
South Suburban College Black (2007-2016)
% White
South Suburban College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
South Suburban College More (2014-2016)
% Unknown races
South Suburban College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.560.59
South Suburban College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
South Suburban College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,400$31,800
South Suburban College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $10,073 is more than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $11,723 is more than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$10,073$7,978
South Suburban College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$11,723$10,454
South Suburban College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid99%83%
South Suburban College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • South Suburban College main campus is located in South Holland, about 20 miles south of downtown Chicago. The Business & Career Institute is located in the College Center One office complex, directly south of SSC's main campus. The University & College Center is located in Oak Forest, about 10 miles west of the College. The college's main campus is in South Holland. Facilities include traditional classrooms and laboratories, art and photo galleries, a library, a performing arts center, a business conference center, state-of-the-art computer facilities, and a physical fitness and athletic center. With a student population of more than 9,700, the College offers courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities, career education, special interest and community education programs, a wide range of services to meet the needs of local business, financial aid approval possible within 48 hours, telecourses & distance learning courses (video-based/interactive technology) and excellent job placement offices. In addition to the traditional high school graduate attending SSC for career education or a college transfer degree, many SSC students have returned to college to advance their careers or meet new people. These students have chosen to upgrade computer skills, study a foreign language, consider a career change, or develop a musical or artistic talent.

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Did You Know?
For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,185 per year for in-state students and $9,668 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 score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.