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Lewis and Clark Community College

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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.


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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6324th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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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  • Lewis & Clark Community College. NJCAA: National Junior College Athletic Association. n.d. Web. 14 July 2011.
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Information Summary

Ranks 88th in Illinois and 2779th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.02
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 64 0.35
Larceny 222 1.23
Vehicle theft 4 0.02

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Godfrey, IL 62035
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population15,808 (11,705 urban / 4,103 rural)
Households6,076 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,069
Families4,493 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District1713

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3312th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,030 $9,090 $12,120
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $510 $510 $510
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $118 $320 $421
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 $4,312 $9,968 $12,796
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,014 $19,670 $22,498
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,910 $15,566 $18,394

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,080 $3,192 $8,288 $8,624 $10,892 $11,340
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $980 $1,008
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,634 $6,219
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,330 $3,483
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,330 $3,483

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 2 88 20 18 5 1,217 23 1,373
Accounting 1 22 23
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 17 1 19
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 7 8
Adult Development and Aging
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 7 1 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 7 5 2 45 1 60
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 11 1 13
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 19 3 3 1 229 2 259
Business Administration and Management, General 2 16 18
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 7 7
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 20 20
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 11 11
Commercial Photography 1 1
Computer Graphics 1 12 13
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 2 32 35
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 3 53 58
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1
Construction Trades, General
Criminal Justice/Police Science 5 3 54 62
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 1 23 26
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 15 15
Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other 16 16
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 1 28 1 30
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2
Engineering, General 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5 5
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 42 42
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 1 9 11
General Studies 2 12 14
Graphic Design 1 11 12
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 7 7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 9 10
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 3 46 2 52
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 1 54 2 59
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 1
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 17 17
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 1 4 5
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 6 6
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 2 2
Music, General 2 2
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 7 8
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 26 3 2 2 136 8 177
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 1 26 28
Petroleum Technology/Technician 1 10 1 12
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 1 1
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 9 9
Radio and Television 5 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 1 113 117
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 8 8
Small Business Administration/Management 1 1
Solar Energy Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying 4 4
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 17 19
Welding Technology/Welder 4 24 1 29

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1833rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,268 ($64,813 male / $62,967 female)
Number of FT Faculty 105 (46 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 357
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $895,677

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