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2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61821-1899
p. 217-351-2200
w. www.parkland.edu

Parkland College

Parkland College Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes)

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Introduction

Established in 1966 as a public community college, Parkland College is located in the Illinois community of Champaign (a town in central-eastern Illinois with a population of approximately 75,000 inhabitants). It is the main community college for District 505, which is the state’s third biggest community college district. The school occupies a total of 233 acres of well maintained grounds at a distance of approximately 2.5 hours by car from the center of Chicago.

Academics

Parkland College has an excellent academic offering for a community college. There are more than 100 associate degree and certificate options available that can be directed towards either university transfer, job training, or career purposes. The school has more than 600 faculty members (full- and part-time) and counselors.

The school is divided into nine distinct academic departments, identified as follows: Social Sciences and Human Services, Business and Agri-Industries, Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Mathematics, Engineering Science and Technologies, Humanities, Fine and Applied Arts, and Health Professions.

Parkland College has created a fairly strong reputation for itself in various science-related fields. Among the most popular degrees sought at Parkland College (in terms of degrees awarded in a year in that particular major) are those in the fields of science, liberal arts, medical support and technology, and mechanics and repair. The school offers online learning opportunities which can result in up to an associate degree in such areas as history, psychology, social work, elementary education, or political science.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Parkland College has special service learning and volunteerism programs that will make a student’s study experience significantly richer and expose them to learning and growth opportunities that they simply won’t be able to find in a classroom setting.

The service learning programs are available in a few different fields, such as sociology, construction, computer science and occupational therapy. Participants take advantage of different businesses and operations in the local community or surroundings to gather real, hands-on experience in their area of interest. The volunteer opportunities are principally expounded at the Parkland Volunteer Fair and come in many different forms and with many different focuses.

Furthermore, Parkland College has what are known as cooperative agreements with several other Illinois community colleges which allow students to take occupational courses or programs not offered at Parkland without having to pay more than their regular tuition. The variety of offerings is very extensive and helps to diversify what is already a healthy offering of programs at the school.

Admissions

In keeping with the social and educational mission of community colleges in general, Parkland College enforces an open admissions policy through which all qualified applicants are admitted to the school. Nonetheless, Parkland College is very clear in pointing out that general admission to the school does not entail acceptance into a particular program or course, which is subject to more stringent criteria including vacancy and proficiency in determined subjects.

Selective admissions programs at Parkland College include the Health Professions programs, for example, which due to their popularity have reduced vacancies and which, due to the prestige they have gained, must retain slightly higher standards.

Students

Student enrollment at Parkland College hovers around the 10,000 mark, and among these considerably more than half are studying on a full-time basis. In-state students constitute almost the entirety of the student body, and the vast majority of students are Caucasian followed by African-Americans as the largest minority.

There is no on-campus housing available at Parkland College, though the school does offer limited services to help students find a housing arrangement in the surrounding Champaign community. Student life is nonetheless quite vibrant, and there are various national fraternities/sororities with chapters at Parkland College among other organizations. A token sampling would include the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, the Phi Theta Kappa (a community college honor society), Rotaract, College Republicans and College Democrats, and the Phi Alpha Chi agricultural club.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The school mascot at Parkland College is the “Cobra,” and the school’s sports colors are green and gold. The men’s teams compete in the sports of baseball, basketball, cheerleading, dance, golf and soccer; the women’s teams compete in basketball, cheerleading, dance, soccer, softball and volleyball. All teams compete in the Mid-West Athletic Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Information Summary

Ranks 83rd in Illinois and 2659th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 570 0.70
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 56 0.07
Robbery 105 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 586 0.72
Larceny 1,599 1.97
Vehicle theft 96 0.12

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5699th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Champaign, IL 61821-1899
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,583 (28,583 urban / N/A rural)
Households12,248 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,435
Families7,475 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1713

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 2875th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,270 $8,550 $13,050
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $255 $255 $255
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $109 $285 $435
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,025 $10,305 $14,805
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,025 $18,305 $22,805
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,025 $13,305 $17,805

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,210 $3,360 $7,770 $7,815 $12,690 $13,305
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,000(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 13 123 58 47 8 1,001 94 1,349
Accounting 1 9 2 12
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 9 1 3 10 5 28
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 1
Agricultural Business Technology 1 1
Agricultural Business and Management, General 11 11
Agricultural Power Machinery Operation 3 3
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 7 4 1 30 4 46
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 4 2 26 5 41
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 11 8 4 137 16 178
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other 3 3
Building/Property Maintenance
Business Administration and Management, General 5 3 19 1 28
Business/Commerce, General 1 1
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 1 3 4
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 2 1 6 2 14
Computer Graphics 4 14 1 19
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 2 2
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 6 6
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 2 1 4
Construction Management 1 7 8
Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 4 1 14 1 23
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 2 2
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 2 2 2 27 1 34
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 29 30
Dietetic Technician 1 1
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 2 13 15
Electrician 1 1
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 2 2 1 46 4 55
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 2
Engineering, General 1 4 5
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 3 1 4 8
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1 3 13 2 19
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 4
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 1 2
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management 1 1
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 1 1
General Studies 1 9 1 1 1 47 4 64
Graphic Design 1 1 4 6
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 1 1
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 8 8
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 7 1 10
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management 5 5
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 2 3
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 4 1 6 11
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 4 5 10
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 8 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 8 5 2 2 64 12 94
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 5 2 12 1 21
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 13 14
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 1
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 10 4 18
Music Teacher Education
Music, General 1 1
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 26 3 30
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 4 16 12 15 3 153 11 215
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 1 1 14 17
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 1 2 3
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 1 3 4
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Radio and Television
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 2 4 6
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 2 2 67 1 78
Resort Management
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 13 13
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1 2
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 3 4
Surgical Technology/Technologist 9 2 11
Surveying Technology/Surveying 3 3
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 1
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 4 1 29 2 36
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 1 23 25
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1 1 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1283rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,860 ($72,384 male / $64,775 female)
Number of FT Faculty 174 (81 male / 93 female)
Number of PT Faculty 491
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,754,471

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