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City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College

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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

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.

Undergraduate Admissions

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

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.

Financial Aid

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

Ranks 6144th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Information Summary

Ranks 113th in Illinois and 3377th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
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 2 0.02
Arrest 2 0.02

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 60634-1500
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population74,164 (74,164 urban / N/A rural)
Households26,276 (2.81 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,042
Families18,824 (3.33 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 District1705

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3876th 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 1 171 692 142 4 582 31 1,627
Accounting 1 26 2 35 6 70
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 15 6 16 37
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 34 14 33 3 88
Business Administration and Management, General 5 14 19
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 5 2 6 1 15
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 11 40 4 56 111
Criminalistics and Criminal Science 1 2 3
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant 6 11 4 11 1 33
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance)
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 19 4 49 3 75
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 6 1 2 10
Engineering, General 1 2 4 7
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 1 1
General Studies 1 12 67 20 58 3 161
Homeland Security 1 1 3 5
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 5 1 1 1 1 9
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 14 1 2 1 18
Information Science/Studies 3 14 5 19 4 45
Information Technology 2 1 6 9
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 12 1 13 30
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 30 192 27 2 115 2 370
Library and Archives Assisting 3 1 2 4 10
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 37 37 14 21 110
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 5 6
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 3 19 3 4 1 30
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 9 1 2 1 15
Music, General 1 1
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 13 76 3 1 33 2 128
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3 4 2 13 22
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 5 1 4 10
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 2 17 3 12 1 35
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 8 5 13 27
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 24 38 14 13 89
Social Work 3 6 9
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 4 6 1 4 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1032nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,460 ($74,215 male / $71,202 female)
Number of FT Faculty 103 (46 male / 57 female)
Number of PT Faculty 413
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $8,647,505

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