City Colleges of Chicago – Wilbur Wright is a comprehensive community college that offers transfer education and vocational training programs for adult students. It is part of the seven city colleges of Chicago, also known as Community College District 508, which is the largest community college district in Illinois, since 1911.
The campus is spread over 22 acres and comprises five interconnected buildings designed by the award winning architect, Bertrand Goldberg. Total student enrollment is around 23,000 students and the school offers more than 200 academic programs. Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission.
Academic programs include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates for the students.
Associate degrees include the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), and Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four year university or college for pursuing the baccalaureate degrees. The college offers the Associate in Arts degree programs in areas such as Afro-American Studies, Diversity/Ethnic Studies, Addiction Studies, Cinema/Media Studies, Foreign Language, Entrepreneurship, Child Development, and Humanities. The Associate in Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Engineering, Agriculture, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Technology and Physics.
The Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) is an alternative degree for the students who are still undecided about their future education and career goals.
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. Students opting for the A.A.S degree can major in areas such as Environmental Technology, Architectural Drafting, Building Energy Technologies, Accounting, Library Technical Assistant, Management/Marketing, Dental Assistant, and Emergency Medical Technician.
Diploma and Certificate Programs
Various career-oriented diplomas and certificates are available for students who want to prepare for specific occupations, and those who want to upgrade their skills. There are two types of certifications, Basic and Advanced. The areas in which certificate programs are offered include Architectural CAD, Accounting, Bank Teller (Professional), Finance, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Medical Billing/Coding (Computerized), Nursing – Practical, Pharmacy Technician, Addictions Studies, Computer Information Systems, and Criminal Justice – Public Police Services.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are open. Any student who has graduated from high school or has a GED certificate can apply for admission. Students who do not meet these criterions can still apply for admission and their application is considered on an individual basis.
All degree and certificate applicants need to submit the application for admission. All new students are required to enter their SSN (Social Security Number) on the Admissions page and then they are assigned a student ID number for completing the enrollment process. After filling up the online admission form, students are required to visit the Admissions office of the selected college for finalizing the admission process. Once this process is completed, the admissions assistant will provide further details to the students regarding their orientation, placement testing, and financial aid.
International applicants seeking admission are required to submit the international student application form, and educational credentials such as diplomas, certificates, and transcripts. All educational credentials need to be evaluated by an international transcript evaluation partner of the college. International students need to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds in their bank accounts. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores.
Wilbur Wright participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. Different types of financial aid programs are available for the students. These include scholarships, grants, loans and Federal work-study programs.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
The merit-based awards include City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) scholarship, Marilyn Casey scholarship, Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) scholarship, City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Book scholarship, and IL Health Improvement scholarship. The need-based awards include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP), Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG), and Illinois National Guard (ING). Students can avail various loans such as Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans and Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans. Students can apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. Students are allowed to work for 10-20 hours per week while the classes are in session.
To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. There is a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for the financial aid.
Student Financial Aid Details
There are numerous clubs such as American Chemical Society, Architecture Club, Music Club, Stage Wright, Students for a Democratic Society, Video Game Club, Wright Side, Wright Workout Club, and Great Books Student Society. These clubs enable students to pursue their interests, learn new skills, and explore new topics and ideas. The Student Government Association represents the voice of the students in college governance. The college library has a huge collection of periodical, online journals, databases, text books, and supporting materials.
The Career Planning and Placement Center provides support related to career planning, on-campus recruitment, and graduate school preparation. The Academic Advisors help students devise educational plans and assist them in framing a roadmap for their education and career goals.
There is no campus housing.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Athletic teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region IV and the college is also a member of the North Central Community College Conference (N4C). The intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling.
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