Lewis and Clark Community College


Lewis and Clark Community College has been growing in enrollment for the last 15 years. This nationally recognized two-year college includes a river research center, Community Education Centers, and multiple campuses covering a seven county area. The campus is known for its beauty and historic location replacing the former Monticello College, the second-oldest all-female college in the nation. In 1970, Dick Combes of Bethalto became known as the first male student to enroll at the college.

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is the pride of L&C. Through a partnership with University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey, Lewis and Clark Community College faculty and students participate in sustainability and river research. A new state-of-the-art, green Field Station opened in 2010, allowing L&C to employ its own solar, wind, and hydro-kinetic systems, maintain a vegetative roof, and run its own internal and external water recycling system.

In 2008, Lewis and Clark Community College opened their Family Health Clinic, providing more than 33,000 community members with nurse practitioners. It is the only federally funded nurse practitioner clinic in the nation thus far. In addition, there is also a Mobile Health Unit to support the under-served population throughout the district, providing local residents with free dental screening and preventative care.


Information Summary

Ranks 79th in Illinois and 2279th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 59.6
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $4,560
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 17 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 70% / 51%
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,698


At Lewis and Clark Community College, students are able to earn 21 different Associates degrees and 80 certificates. The degrees and certificates range in subject from Science and Engineering to Nursing and Basic Web Design. The basic academic divisions include Business, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Math, Science, and Technology. Lewis and Clark Community College is committed to the most foundational principles of equality of opportunity, human dignity, and academic freedom. Students are encouraged to explore their passions and discover their strengths.

Lewis and Clark Community College also has a High School Partnership Program. This particular connection with the local high schools allows students to take dual enrollment or credit classes free of charge. High school students interested in taking these higher level classes must first pass the reading comprehension portion of the College Placement Test. Some may even be asked to take the Sentence Skills Test and/or a Mathematics test. Grades earned from these classes will show up on both the student’s high school transcript as well as on their Lewis and Clark one.

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At Lewis and Clark Community College, most of the degree and certificate programs allow for general admissions. Most people with high school diplomas, GEDs, and transfer credits are permitted to take classes and earn degrees. There are, however, several programs that are competitive and fall in the category of selective admissions. These include:

Associate in Applied Science Degree

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing
  • Accelerated Associate in Management
  • Paramedicine
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Therapeutic Massage

Certificate of Proficiency

  • Paramedicine
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Dental Assisting

There is also a Pre-Admission Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Test for prospective students to take if they are interested in the degree or certificate. The test is offered once a year, in January. In addition, if students are interested in the Nursing program, there is a Pre-Admission Nursing Test that needs to be taken at least one semester prior to entry into the program. The Nursing Test is administered twice a year, in October and April.

The rest of the degree and certificate programs offered by Lewis and Clark Community College follow the general admissions guidelines. Non-credit and continuing education classes are also offered to both students and local community members.

Financial Aid

Students at Lewis and Clark Community College have many financial support opportunities to choose from when it comes to funding their education. There are federal and state loans, the Federal Work Study Program, federal and state grants, as well as local scholarships for students to explore. Lewis and Clark Community College believes in supporting the country’s military veterans by providing them with education benefits, tutorial assistance, and employment assistance. In 2010, L&C was recognized and named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Financial Aid advisers are standing by to assist students.

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Lewis and Clark Community College offers students a multitude of extracurricular opportunities outside the four classroom walls. There is a Student Government Association for students to join if they please. The Association promotes, sustains, and represents student interests as they assist in the formulation of policies affecting the population. Clubs and organizations range from subject area focuses, such as the Biology Club, to a student newspaper called The Bridge. In total, there are 19 clubs and organizations to choose from at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Career and employment assistance is also offered to students. These include a community job board, online resources, and career guides standing by to assist in any way they can.

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The Lewis and Clark Trailblazers participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II intercollegiate league. They are part of the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference as well as the Mid West Athletic Conference. The Trailblazers have earned a national title and produced a few NJCAA All-Americans, including Lindsey Branham, recognized for Women’s Basketball in 2009 and Ashley Huster, recognized for Softball, also in 2009.

The men at L&C participate in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. The women enjoy basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Lewis and Clark Community College offers students state-of-the-art facilities where they host camps and clinics throughout the year.


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