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City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College

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City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College is a two-year community college located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois. The college began as a junior college in 1960 with the establishment of a branch inside of Bogan High School on the southwest side of the city. During a brief transitional period, at which point the school was known as Southwest College, Mayor Richard J Daley set out plans for a more permanent, established institution.

The result, opened in 1981, was a full-fledged community college to serve the residents of Chicago. Southwest College was renamed in the mayor’s honor, and has grown into an important part of Chicago’s higher education system.


Accreditation is granted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

The college offers a fairly wide range of programs designed to ready students to enter the Chicago work force, as well as transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Successful students graduate with one of more than 50 available associate’s degrees. Examples include biological sciences, English and speech, the humanities, and mathematics.

Career programs provide students with instruction in business, nursing, and computer information systems, among other offerings. These courses are intended to give students an advantage as they continue down their chosen career path.

Certificate programs are also offered as short, one-year programs intended to train students for a specific occupation. These certificate programs include instruction in accounting, child development, criminal justice, manufacturing technology, and networking systems.

The Center for Distance Learning is the college’s online department, serving almost 10,000 students annually. Close to 100 different courses are conducted using sophisticated online learning technology.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Unique for a community college, Richard J Daley offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain and Salzburg, Austria. This is a great chance for students to experience a different culture while enjoying the rigors of an academic environment.

The college also offers English as a Second Language instruction, a valuable service in the local community, which has a large immigrant population. This course is offered free of charge.

The Adult Education department has a number of different classes available to local community residents free of charge, including Adult Basic Education/General Education Development, and a citizenship course designed to prepare immigrants for the USA Naturalization /Citizenship examination. This course is free as well.

Students in high school can take advantage of the college’s presence in their community by signing up for dual enrollment and attending classes at the college as well as their home institution, simultaneously. In some cases, tuition is paid by the high school district, so for students looking to earn college credit early, this can be a great option.

The Honors Program gives “highly able and exceptionally motivated” students the chance to benefit from smaller classes, increased opportunities for research, and interdisciplinary classes not offered to the general student body. Criteria for entering this program are separate from normal admission, and include recommendations from high school or college faculty, and an essay demonstrating potential for growth as a result of admission to the Honors Program.


The admissions office accepts students throughout the year on an open-enrollment basis. The college accepts students who meet the following qualifications:

  • Degree from an accredited high school
  • Completion of a GED (General Education Development) course
  • Credits taken at another college or university
  • Students 18 or older who don’t have a high school degree, but are determined by campus officials to be able to
  • benefit from college courses.
  • High school students recommended by their principal

Students who meet the requirements listed above are then tested in mathematics, English, and reading if course prerequisites demand such examination. This extensive testing can take up to two days.

Financial Aid

There are three separate rates for in-district students, out of district students, and out of state students. The first is by far the most affordable, and eligibility is relatively easy to achieve. To qualify for this rate, students must have lived inside of the city of Chicago for at least 30 days prior to the start of classes, or show proof that they work in Chicago full-time.

The college assists students in filling out applications for federal and state aid.

A number of scholarships are available, including:

  • The Illinois Education Foundation Scholarship, awarded to 25 “highly motivated students who have a goal in mind”.
  • The DOMM Book Scholarship covers the cost of text books, up to $400 per year.
  • The Marilyn Casey Scholarship Fund assists students pursuing a degree in nursing or another health related field.
  • The Arturo Velaszquez Scholarship Fund offers eligible students an award of up to $1,000 per semester for use in paying tuition at the Institute that shares the same name.
  • For students planning on transferring to a four-year institution, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship offers the opportunity of up to $30,000 per year for living expenses, tuition, and books upon enrollment towards a bachelor’s degree.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6528th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body is composed of almost 4,500 students, along with an enrollment of more than 5,000 students in the Adult Education Program. The college does not offer dorms, and students commute to campus from all over Chicago.

For a two-year community college, students have access to a substantial wealth of resources on-campus, including a library holding more than 50,000 volumes, a gymnasium equipped with a pool, and a student activities center.

There are also a significant number of organizations and clubs available for students to enjoy. These include the African-American Cultural Club, Bible Study Club, Math Club, and the Website Development Club.

Greek organizations are limited to academic groups, including Phi Theta Kappa.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Athletic teams include a men’s basketball team, a women’s basketball team, and a coed soccer team. The college colors are blue and gold, and the school mascot is a bulldog.

Local Community

Richard J Daley College is a fixture of the local Southwest Side community. Designed as a low-cost alternative to four-year institutions, this college is on a mission to provide residents of the community with affordable, high quality education. The free literacy classes offered to non-native English speakers in the area is a serious boon to the local population.

Information Summary

Ranks 131st in Illinois and 3742nd 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 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.04
Arrest 4 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60652-1299
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population39,126 (39,126 urban / N/A rural)
Households12,865 (3.04 people per house)
Median Household Income$53,120
Families10,063 (3.49 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 District1703

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3875th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,670 $5,561 $7,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $400 $400 $400
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $89 $185 $237
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 $5,380 $8,271 $9,808
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,204 $22,095 $23,632
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,840 $10,731 $12,268

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,070(N/C) $5,607 $5,961 $7,311 $7,498
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,856(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 $10,464(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,720(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,984(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
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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 341 501 23 1 131 7 1,005
Accounting 15 20 11 1 47
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 4 2 9
Business Administration and Management, General 10 9 2 21
Child Care Provider/Assistant 57 54 3 7 121
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 7 3 2 12
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 4 5
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 33 81 1 1 8 124
Electrician 9 8 1 15 33
Engineering, General 9 4 1 14
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management 3 6 3 12
General Studies 8 13 1 7 29
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Information Science/Studies 12 10 3 25
Information Technology 3 4 2 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 59 90 3 10 1 163
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 16 5 4 2 27
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 3 1 6
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 9 26 2 6 1 44
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 35 79 1 13 129
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8 19 1 5 2 35
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 6 12 3 21
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 43 34 6 25 108
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 1
Security and Loss Prevention Services 2 7 9
Welding Technology/Welder

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 902nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,505 ($81,942 male / $67,630 female)
Number of FT Faculty 57 (23 male / 34 female)
Number of PT Faculty 283
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $5,934,702

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