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Illinois Central College

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Illinois Central College was established in 1967 and provides educational opportunities to thousands of students every year. The majority of these students hail from the local district, Illinois Community College District 514, which includes the counties of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford.

Prospective ICC students can choose from 69 associate’s of arts or sciences degrees, 84 associate’s of applied science, and over 100 certificates. Each semester, the faculty lead over 3,300 unique classes. Nine academic departments organize the curriculum at Illinois Central College. Within each department, programs of study are designated as transfer, career, or certification. Career programs are intended to launch students directly into the work force. Transfer programs assume that a student will articulate into a four-year institution for the completion of their studies. Certification programs require less coursework than the career programs and are tightly focused on a specific vocation.

While some classes may be delivered online or via teleconference, the bulk of instruction occurs on campus in traditional classrooms. Evening and early morning classes are available to help students achieve a satisfactory work/life balance.

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Illinois Central College provides open enrollment with the mission of serving everyone in the district. Future students can fill out either an online or paper application. Later, admitted students take an academic placement test to determine their aptitude in key areas such as mathematics, English and reading. Before the start of the semester, students meet with academic advisers to hash out a course schedule and two-year plan based on the objectives of the student.

International applicants must fill out a different application as well as include documentation of their immigration status. Official score reports on the Test of English as a Foreign Language and proof of financial support should all be forwarded to the International Education Coordinator.

Financial Aid

Every admitted student at Illinois Central College who seeks financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online and a Student Aid Report produced within days. The report will include data such as the Expected Family Contribution. About half of all incoming freshman will receive some form of need-based aid.


The federal government offers both the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. These sources of aid are free money that will never have to be repaid. Disbursement of grant money is based on financial need.

The state of Illinois administers a grant program called MAP. Students with financial need should apply for MAP funding as early as possible. Awards are based on a combination of financial need and total available funds. MAP funds can pay for up to but not more than 75 credit hours at Illinois Central College. Due to economic uncertainties, the funding levels for this program may fluctuate from one year to the next.

Federal Work Study

Allowing students to gain hands-on experience while earning need-based financial aid, the Federal Work Study (FWS) program is a rewarding opportunity for many at Illinois Central College. Students are awarded FWS eligibility as part of their total financial aid package. Notification of an award, however, does not guarantee placement. The Career Lab in the Leitch Career Center posts a listing of all current work-study openings. Work-study students are considered employees of ICC and are bound by all relevant guidelines and policies.


Federal Direct Loans can bridge the gap between the sum of all other aid and the total cost of attendance. Loans must be repaid, so students should think carefully before applying for such aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Illinois Central College fits the definition of a commuter campus. The overwhelming majority of students graduate from local and regional high schools. A second contingent of students, equaling one-third of ICC’s enrollment, represent the non-traditional population. In the language of higher education, non-traditional means 25 years of age or older.

Apartments at Woodview Commons are available for single and married students, though typically students will sort out their own living situation. Parking badges must be purchased and loaded with credit in the Enrollment Services offices.

Students at ICC publish a newspaper, an arts journal, and participate in more than 40 self-governing organizations.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Illinois Central College participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The school mascot is the cougar, and the team colors are blue and gold. Full-time students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to try out for any team. Unless otherwise noted, both men’s and women’s teams compete in the following sports:

  • Baseball (men’s)
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball (women’s)
  • Volleyball (women’s)

The women’s basketball team has achieved a remarkable and sustained level of success. Since 1992, the team has hoisted the NJCAA Division II championship trophy six times, most recently in 2006. The women’s basketball team at Illinois Central has amassed over 1100 wins, averaging 26 wins per season. A total of 98 student-athletes have moved on to play at NCAA Division I institutions.

For 33 years, Lorene Ramsey was at the helm of Illinois Central’s women’s basketball juggernaut. She coached the team to 887 wins before retiring in 2005. Ramsey also coached softball for 28 years and led the team to two NJCAA championships.

Local Community

East Peoria, Illinois, is part of a larger metropolitan statistical area that’s home to nearly 400,000 citizens. Within the city limits of East Peoria, howver, only around 20,000 people are permanent residents. The town is known for its yearly Festival of Lights Holiday Show. Chicago, third-largest city in the nation, is less than a three hour drive to the northeast.


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  • Petersons Two-Year Colleges 2011. New Jersey: Peterson, 2010. Print.
  • Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Study Illinois: Illinois Central College. 2009. Web. 21 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 89th in Illinois and 2784th 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 8 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 7 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 104 0.44
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 21 0.09
Robbery 5 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 256 1.09
Larceny 662 2.82
Vehicle theft 28 0.12

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
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 District1718

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3888th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,450 $7,650 $8,550
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $115 $255 $285
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 $4,650 $8,850 $9,750
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,350 $20,550 $21,450
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,850 $13,050 $13,950

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,060 $3,195 $6,750 $7,050 $6,750 $7,050
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(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 $5,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,400(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,400(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 1 137 73 31 6 1,566 17 1,894
Accounting 7 7
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 2 3
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 13 15
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 1
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology 15 15
Agricultural Production Operations, General 1 1
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 1 1
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 3 3
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1 2
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 7 3 1 16 2 29
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 1
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 5 23 28
Banking and Financial Support Services 2 5 7
Business Administration and Management, General 2 15 17
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 6 6
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 10 1 19 30
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 5 5
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 1 1 6 8
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 8 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 60 63
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 5 5
Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 1 10 14
Crop Production 1 1
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 24 27
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 3 3
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 15 15
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 20 22
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 2 2
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 6 6
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3 3 22 29
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 2 2 4
Engineering, General 1 1 20 25
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 1 13 16
Forensic Science and Technology 6 7
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 8 10
General Studies 14 3 3 1 137 4 169
Geography, Other 2 2
Graphic Design 1 1 7 9
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 3 25 30
Homeland Security 5 5
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Industrial Technology/Technician
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 21 26
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 34 26 14 1 596 6 701
Library and Archives Assisting 7 8
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 17 17
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 4 1 5
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 9 9
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 1
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 11 11
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 3
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 2 2
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 2 1 9 13
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 28 6 1 102 141
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3 12 15
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 5 1 1 16 1 25
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 19 19
Platemaker/Imager 3 3
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 1 2 3
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 8 10
Real Estate 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 3 1 63 1 76
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 4 1 10 16
Retailing and Retail Operations 1 1
Robotics Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Security and Loss Prevention Services
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 1 21 1 24
Small Business Administration/Management 1 7 8
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 2 6
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 17 19
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 2
Turf and Turfgrass Management 1 1
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 29 32
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 2 3
Welding Technology/Welder 3 4 21 30

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2166th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,155 ($62,571 male / $55,179 female)
Number of FT Faculty 180 (83 male / 97 female)
Number of PT Faculty 590
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,112,884

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