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College Profile: City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

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Community college education has existed in Chicago since 1911 when Crane Technical High School opened its doors to 28 adults seeking higher education. This led to the establishment of Crane Junior College. From this modest beginning, the City Colleges of Chicago has grown to a family of seven diversified colleges, three learning centers and four technical institutes.

Clarence Darrow, the renowned Chicago lawyer, argued in defense of the City Colleges when, during the Depression, its existence was threatened by a financially strapped Board of Education. Darrow stated that higher education in the form of the then "junior college," had to endure, because the City Colleges were "for the people." This philosophy has endured. The City Colleges today reaches over 200,000 people annually, through programs housed in local community-based organizations, public and parochial high schools, social and service centers, branches of the Chicago Public Library, and 13 existing facilities of the City Colleges System.

As a result of state legislative action in 1966, the City Colleges status as a junior college changed to that of a comprehensive community college. CCC offers an excellent college transfer curriculum, college-level occupational programs, entry-level job training, and programs for adults in English as a Second Language, literacy training, Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Equivalency (GED), Alternative High School, and special interest courses. The opportunities for learning at the City Colleges of Chicago are diverse and appealing. Variety of programs, convenience, affordable tuition, and highly qualified faculty committed to teaching make the City Colleges of Chicago a system which continues to be one "for the people."

The Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 508 is governed by the Illinois Public Community College Act (110 ILCS 805/1 -1, et seq.) and the Rules for the Management and Government of the City Colleges of Chicago with any amendments enacted or adopted thereafter.
The Philosophy of Kennedy-King College

The philosophy of Kennedy-King College, derived from the philosophy of the City Colleges of Chicago as defined by the Illinois Master Plan for Higher Education and the Illinois Public Community College Act, is to accept all eligible students and to provide them with an education appropriate to their needs, that will allow them to achieve the kind of economic, cultural, and social life they desire.
The Facilities

Kennedy-King College is situated on an eighteen acre campus.The multi level educational complex spanning Wentworth Avenue was completed in 1972. In addition to classrooms; our facility has two gymnasiums, a day care center: a theatre, swimming pool, television studio and radio station WKKC FM. There is also a library with over 50,000 books and micro films, a spacious Academic Support Center; food service areas, and numerous laboratories such as the ones used by the automotive technology and photo offset printing departments.
6301 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL
773-602-5000 (general)
773-602-5106 (financial aid)
773-602-5049 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names
Type Public, 2-year
Control Public
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
Yes On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy Yes
Admission test scores Not applicable
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Not applicable

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
9,127 Student Body SizeNo On-Campus Housing
0 Fall Applicants0 Total Dormitory Capacity
0 Fall Admissions

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