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2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard
Galesburg, IL 61401
p. 309-344-2518
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Carl Sandburg College

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Located in Galesburg, Illinois, and founded in the early 1970s, Carl Sandburg College is a two-year institution designed to serve the local community in a variety of ways. The student body consists of a little over 3,500 enrolled, with an average class size of 12. Students here strive towards a number of different goals, and represent a diverse selection of academic pursuits. Some look to earn an associate’s degree, others try to transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s, while still others seek to finally finish their high school equivalency with a General Education Diploma (GED). There are also branches located in Bushnell and Carthage, Illinois.


The main goal of the institution is to provide great value to students, both in terms of education and dollars spent, as they move on into the work force or transfer to another four year-college or university.

A variety of programs are offered, including associate’s degrees in the arts and sciences. These programs are specifically designed for students who plan to transfer to another school to complete a bachelor’s degree.

There are also a number of different career education options available for students who are looking to use the education gained here to jump right into the work force.

For those interested in a career in health services, there are a number of degrees and certificates offered. Associate’s degrees can be obtained in dental hygiene, mortuary science, nursing, and radiologic technology, while certificates are available in cosmetology, therapeutic massage, and practical nursing. In the ever-expanding field of diagnostic imaging, exciting courses of study (complete with an advanced certificate after graduation) include computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine technology.

The University Studies is designed to ready students for a liberal arts education at a four-year institution, with both parties working to make sure that the quality and rigor of education is maintained across the board.

For students looking to complete their high school degree, classes towards a GED are offered. Instruction in Pre-GED is also available for basic skills such as math, reading, and writing. Non-English speaking students can also take ESL classes, as well as preparation for the citizenship exam.

Finally, an online learning component offers the flexibility of 24 hour access, which appeals to many members of the work force trying to further their education. Classes are limited to 20-30 student, which means that individual attention is guaranteed.

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Admission here is relatively open. Any high school graduate (or GED holder) is admitted, as well as anyone who is at least 18 years of age. A number of placement tests are administered, including COMPASS (mandatory for all incoming students), as well as pre-admissions tests for specific courses.

To apply, go online and fill create an account with the school. Once that is complete, access to the application will be granted and then fill it out and send it in.

Financial Aid

More than 300 scholarships are awarded through the Carl Sandburg College Foundation each year to incoming students. The minimum scholastic requirement for a scholarship is a 2.0 GPA, though specific grants require a higher grade point average. Applications are due at the beginning of March.

The Financial Aid Office can also help students obtain federal and state aid to help pay for their education. To begin the process, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then make an appointment with the Financial Aid office to go over options for offsetting the cost of tuition.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6553rd for the average student loan amount.
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All students commute to the college, but there is a surprising variety of on-campus activities and organizations designed to foster community. Over 25 clubs at the school include the Art Club, Computer Club, and the Students Environmental Action Club (SEAC).

There are also a number of campus services available to students, including a well-equipped fitness center (the cost of membership is equal to one credit hour), a bookstore, and free parking on-campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Chargers participate in a variety of different sports as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Chargers participate in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, cross country, and golf. Athletic grants are available annually, with a minimum of 70% going to students who live within the Arrowhead Conference.

Additional School Information

The school understands the diverse needs of its students, and offers a number of unique programs to meet those challenges, including child care, counseling, and a Learning Resource Center.

Many of the non-degree programs at the college (in addition to the GED course of instruction) are provided free of charge. These include:

  • Pre-GED
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Literacy Tutoring
  • Family Literacy
  • Accreditation

    This school has received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 114th in Illinois and 3399th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary N/A N/A
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest N/A N/A

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 82 0.25
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
    Forcible Rape 16 0.05
    Robbery 18 0.06
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 222 0.69
    Larceny 947 2.93
    Vehicle theft 29 0.09

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Galesburg, IL 61401
    Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
    Total Population36,568 (33,738 urban / 2,830 rural)
    Households14,451 (2.25 people per house)
    Median Household Income$32,796
    Families8,793 (2.85 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
    Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingSmall two-year

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1717

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 4312th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,920 $5,600 $6,552
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $140 $200 $234
    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 $4,698 $6,378 $7,330
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,118 $12,798 $13,750
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,338 $9,018 $9,970

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $4,140 $3,914 $5,730 $5,398 $6,930 $6,518
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $728 $756
    On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,744 $3,780
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,676 $2,640
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,676 $2,640

    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
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/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

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 2961st for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $54,614 ($56,178 male / $50,905 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 50 (17 male / 33 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 182
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
    Total Benefits $543,481

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