Kennedy-King College is part of the system of two-year colleges known as the City Colleges of Chicago. One of the oldest two-year college systems in the United States, the schools first began granting degrees in 1911.
There are six core degree programs that comprise the two-year curricula, including Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Fine Arts. In addition to these two-year programs, the school offers professional and technical certificates, continuing education classes, and non-credit professional and personal development courses.
Major departments include The Department of Business and Industry Services, Dawson Technical Institute, and the Washburne Culinary Institute.
Accreditation is granted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school’s certification and accreditation efforts are overseen by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Office of Education, Department of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education.
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In keeping with the broad-based educational mandate that is the governing philosophy of the City Colleges of Chicago, the college offers an open, non-competitive admissions policy. First preference is given to students who can prove proof of residency within the city of Chicago.
Students are admitted on a rolling basis. In order to be admitted, students must provide proof of high school graduation or passing GED results. In addition, students seeking to attend classes must submit to placement tests to ensure appropriate placement in college-level classes. However, proof of adequate performance on the ACT test may be submitted in lieu of some placement tests. Attendance at a prescribed series of student orientation meetings is also required for newly admitted students.
Like the admissions process, financial aid proceeds on a rolling basis, with few non-negotiable deadlines. However, financial aid administrators urge early action in order to receive the fullest possible consideration.
Commonly awarded types of aid at the school include Federal Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, state-based programs such as the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the Monetary Award Program, and the Illinois Incentive for Access, federal work-study jobs, need- and merit-based scholarships, and military veterans’ benefits. All students seeking to apply for financial aid must first submit the FAFSA form.
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Although there is no on-campus housing available, the students there enjoy a vibrant campus life. The 18-acre facility is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation. Current amenities two gymnasiums, a childcare center, a theatre, a swimming pool, and an on-campus television studio and radio station. Several hands-on laboratories supplement the school’s technical and vocational training programs.
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Athletics are a popular student activity at Kennedy-King. Several of the school’s sports team are nationally competitive in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region IV Division I. The school’s teams are known as the Statesman and the Lady Statesman. The Statesman fields teams in basketball, soccer, and wrestling.
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