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College Profile: College of Lake County

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College of Lake County is a two-year community college in Grayslake, Illinois. The main campus opened in 1967. Satellite campuses are also open throughout Lake County, Illinois. The first president was Christopher B. Smith. Richard W. Fonté was president until 2007, when he resigned to accept another position at the college. Jim Rock is serving as interim president while the college's Board of Trustees conducts a new presidential search. The College of Lake County (CLC) offers a wide range of academic program choices to meet students' educational needs. CLC's program areas include credit programs to prepare students for transfer or career entry; GED and adult basic education; non-credit offerings for personal or career development; and contract training and specialized services for businesses. Each semester, CLC serves about 16,000 students, with more than 80 percent enrolled in transfer or career preparation programs. A slight majority of students attend evening classes, keeping the campuses almost equally busy day and night. CLC plays a fervent role in the surrounding area by holding many annual competitions and conventions. In 1967, Sondra Schmidt founded Lake County Community College (LCCC), which was renamed College of Lake County in 1975. Major contributors during the first few years of the College of Lake County were Dr. Brian Wang and Lake County Board Chair Brad Weinberger who both oversaw both the construction and the financing of the project. In 1976, after a push by board of trustee president Peter Klein, the Lakeshore Campus was established in downtown Waukegan to provide overflow space for the College of Lake County in Grayslake. The Lakeshore Campus is (2008-2009) undergoing major renovation and additions. Under the direction of Anna Shustitzky, the College of Lake County established the Southlake Educational Education Center, as of May 2008, officially Southlake Campus, in Vernon Hills, Illinois, and Great Lakes Center on the Great Lakes Naval Base. Both Southlake Campus and Naval Center provide easy access to courses at the their sites. For the convenience of students, CLC may schedule courses at extension sites throughout Lake County. The College as well has improved and expanded registration for all coursework and expanded integration for completing select courses online. A 2006 addition next to the Grayslake campus is the University Center of Lake County, a consortium of four-year colleges offering the opportunity for local residents to complete add to their education begun at CLC or elsewhere. The Center is not officially part of CLC, but its presence offers a great opportunity for CLC students and other local residents to pursue further education without relocating or commuting a greater distance. Currently, universities with classes offered at the University Center include Benedictine University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Concordia University Chicago, DePaul University, Dominican University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Kendall College, National-Louis University, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, Saint Xavier University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Illinois at Springfield. The College of Lake County's John C. Murphy Memorial Library, named after the first chairperson of the Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts Division, honors one of CLC's earliest teachers and leaders with a collection of over 110,000 books and 900 periodical titles. Computers in the reference area provide access to databases, many of which are also accessible from off campus. The library's Audiovisual Department provides students with access to over 3,000 films and videotapes, 7,000 audio products, and hundreds of other media.
19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, IL
847-543-2000 (general)
847-543-2062 (financial aid)
847-543-2061 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names
Type Public, 2-year
Control Public
Size 10,000 - 19,999
Campus Setting Suburb: 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: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

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

College of Lake County 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
27,293 Student Body SizeNo On-Campus Housing
0 Fall Applicants0 Total Dormitory Capacity
0 Fall Admissions

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College Levels Offered
Yes Less than one year certificateYes One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
No Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
No Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

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