A school that provides equal opportunity for those students whose goal includes a four-year degree and those students who want concrete skills to enter the workforce, Kishwaukee College has been serving the community of Malta and DeKalb Illinois for over 40 years. A school known for its fine athletics as well as its cutting edge approach to hands-on training, Kishwaukee is a perfect balance of different life skills.
With a student body of almost 11,000 and over 200 faculty members, the student to teacher ratio at Kishwaukee College is ideal for those who are in search of personal attention and an optimal class size. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, Kishwaukee College ensures that its credits are easily transferrable for those students who plan to go on to earning their four-year bachelor’s degrees. Over 50% of the student body continues their education.
For those students who are interested in pursuing career or occupational programs, there are a number of different options. All of them ensure that students will be prepared sufficiently to enter the workforce at the level of competenence required to land a job. Some of the programs offered in this area have the potential to transfer into four-year university Capstone Programs. The most popular courses of study and training include Automotive, Equine Science, Electricity, Aviation Flight, Horticulture, Computer-Aided Design Technology, and Diesel Power Technology. These programs allow students to earn both certificates as well as associate degrees in applied sciences. For added real-world experience, a number of apprenticeships are also available.
Students interested in earning four-year degrees in less technical-oriented subjects also have a large number of courses to choose from. A number of programs at the college are designed to transfer to a four-year institution, including those in History, Business, Art, Accounting, Journalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Speech, Sociology, and Theatre. Students can earn Associate in Arts, Associates in Science, and Associate in Fine Arts degrees.
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Registering to attend Kishwaukee College is an easy to figure out process since the school has an open door policy, meaning that anyone who meets their requirements is eligible to attend. First, students must either pick up on campus or download the Student Information Form, fill it out, and mail or return it to the Admissions Registration and Records Office. After that, students must provide their transcript from high school or their GED. For those students who have previously attended college, college transcripts are also required. After these two steps are complete, students can schedule meetings with counselors on campus to determine what course of study is best for them.
When applying to attend school, it is important to remember to fill out the FAFSA to make the process of getting financial aid quick and straightforward. After all of the paperwork is completed, students must take placement tests to determine what level of classes they should begin in. Placement tests are often not required in Math or English if students have a grade on their transcript in those classes that is higher than a C, or if they have taken the ACT and earned at least a 23 in English and at least a 25 in Math.
The first step in receiving financial aid is filling out the FAFSA, which determines a student’s eligibility. Most of those attending Kishwaukee College qualify for at least some form of financial aid, and a number of federal and state grants are a popular way of helping to offset the costs of college. The on-campus Office of Financial Aid has a number of counselors who can assist in the process of filling out forms, as well as determine what grants and loans a student is eligible to apply for.
In addition to need-based financial aid, there are a number of opportunities to earn scholarships from the community for reasons of merit. In addition to local scholarships, a number of private scholarships are kept listed in the Office of Financial Aid and students can receive guidance in which will match their strengths.
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Outside of the classroom, Kishwaukee College has even more to offer. Students can participate in the very popular athletic program, known for bringing home state championships, or join or form a club. With over 30 clubs on campus, it’s possible to find one that meets any area of interest, from art to the newspaper to student government. There are a growing number of clubs based on causes and charity, and many of the clubs are deeply rooted in helping out the local community.
A traditional suburban college campus, Kishwaukee College is known in its community for the Conference Center, meaning that a lot of local business and cultural events take place on campus and allow students a unique perspective on the organization of major events.
For those students who are already raising children, the college offers a child care center that makes going back to school or going to school for the first time a lot easier than it would be were there not some form of childcare in place.
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Athletics are a large part of life for the Kishwaukee College community. The Kishwaukee Cougars have brought home state championships a few times over the years, including ones in volleyball and baseball. The baseball program is particularly strong, with over 70 students drafted as Major League players. Students have a choice between a number of teams to try out for. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, and soccer, and women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, and softball.