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McHenry County College

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McHenry County College, founded in 1967, is the 28th community college established in Illinois. The main campus sits on 68 acres known as Weber farm. In 1990, 44 additional acres were added to the college, allowing them to construct a 44,000 square foot Center for Advanced Technology. MCC values and recognizes that technology changes rapidly and as a result, the state-of-the-art Center includes laboratory space for drafting, computer aided design, electronics, fire science, criminal justice, basic nurse assisting, and other technologies.


McHenry County College students are able to complete both credit and non-credit courses, including ESL and GED classes. For credit, students are able to earn associate’s degrees and 17 Associate of Applied Science degrees.

MCC offers students with a wide variety of academic programs and disciplines including the hard sciences, economics, education, philosophy, psychology, and theater, among others. In addition, MCC also offers career and technical education programs in accounting, administrative office management, automotive technology, business management, computer information systems, nursing, to name a few. The non-credit courses include adult education and workforce services, including continuing and professional education.

Continuing education offerings at McHenry County College range from Gardenfest to fiction writing. Fly-fishing, word-processing, cosmetology, and semi-tractor trailer driver training are among a few of the courses students can sign up for at MCC.

At McHenry County College, underrepresented students can turn to FOCUS for support. The Focus on Collegiate Underrepresented Students Program caters to those who may be the first in their families to attend college or want to get an academic head start at MCC. FOCUS helps students understand issues surrounding college life and classroom success. The program requires students to attend eight workshops in the fall and eight in the spring, earning a certificate of completion that can be used to support college applications, scholarships, or resumes. Some of the workshops topics include: Success in Goal Setting, Classroom Etiquette, Reading and Writing Connection, and Life as a Balancing Act, to name a few.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students at McHenry County College are all there to fulfill their dreams, continue their education, and strive to make a better life for themselves. To that end, MCC accepts a wide variety of students with different backgrounds wishing to further themselves. MCC accepts first-time students, summer only students, international, and high school students. They strive to help students change trades or jobs as well as those who are seeking specialized job training, job search assistance, and job opportunities.

Students wishing to apply need to be:

  • a graduate of an accredited high school,
  • a GED recipient, or
  • at least 16 years old and withdrawn from high school without a diploma.

High School students wishing to take courses at McHenry County College may do so after completing the High School Plus enrollment form available through their high school guidance office.

Financial Aid

Students at McHenry County College have several opportunities to gain financial assistance to pursue their education. Grants are available to students, which are based on need and do not have to be paid back. Students may also apply for loans, which are usually based on need and must be paid back after the students complete their courses. An additional option for students is to join the Federal Work-Study program, which allows students to work at campus jobs and make some money to compensate for fees and tuition.

Students who are interested in applying for financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This can be done online.

MCC serves students living in District 528. Students must prove their residency to qualify for in-district rates and must have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the start of each the semester.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6058th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at McHenry County College have over 30 different clubs and organizations to join if they are interested in participating in extra-curricular activities. Some of the clubs and organizations include: dance, forensics, student senate, Rotaract and Writer’s Block (creative writing club). Students are also welcome to start clubs and organizations as well.

LEAD is also available for students, designed to introduce student leaders to different concepts that are important to becoming effective leaders. If students attend more than five sessions, they are eligible for a Certificate of Merit and are invited to attend a LEAD banquet.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The MCC Scots participate in the NJCAA or National Junior College Athletics Association In addition, the Scots also compete in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. Men and Women have different sports to select from, including:

Men’s Sports

  • soccer
  • basketball
  • baseball
  • tennis

Women’s Sports

  • tennis
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • softball

In addition to NJCAA sports, McHenry County College students are also able to enjoy a variety of informal sports by joining clubs and organizations.

Local Community

The City of Crystal Lake is located 50 miles northwest of the Windy City of Chicago in Illinois. Over the last 30 years, the population of Crystal Lake has increased significantly, increasing from 14,000 to 38,000. The local job market has expanded and citizens have access to outstanding education, cultural activities, and recreation.

Crystal Lake prides itself for having one of the best public park systems in the state. They have over 1,600 acres of parks and open space as well as the 230-acre lake for fishing, swimming, boating, and skating in the winter.

The mission of the City of Crystal Lake is to provide community members with a high quality of life. City Officials strive to “enhance and preserve the history, natural resources, and unique cultural traditions of the community as well as provide fiscally sound and responsive services, programs, and facilities with the highest degree of professionalism, integrity, and efficiency so that Crystal Lake continues to be a great place to work and live.”


  • City of Crystal Lake, Illinois. City of Crystal Lake. n.d. web. 4 August, 2011.
  • Halberstam, Joshua & Gonsher, Debra. The Community College Guide: The Essential Reference from Application to Graduation. Dallas: Benbella Books, 2009. Print.
  • McHenry County College. McHenry County College. n.d. web. 4 August, 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 87th in Illinois and 2765th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.10
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 49 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 13 0.03
Robbery 4 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 84 0.21
Larceny 562 1.38
Vehicle theft 5 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population9,919 (8,357 urban / 1,562 rural)
Households3,206 (3.04 people per house)
Median Household Income$89,804
Families2,681 (3.38 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-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 District1714

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3387th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,790 $9,040 $11,136
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $284 $284 $284
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $93 $301 $371
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 $4,074 $10,324 $12,420
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,982 $22,232 $24,328
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,838 $15,088 $17,184

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,999(N/C) $8,065 $8,309 $9,790 $10,079
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(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 $12,418(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,078(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,078(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 19 119 26 7 1,131 122 1,448
Accounting 15 1 16
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 2 1 1 18 3 27
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 5 15 20
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1 20 1 23
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 4 14 18
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 6 11 2 19
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 2 3
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 28 8 1 378 41 467
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 3 6 2 79 2 92
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 3 1 4
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 2
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 12 1 16
Commercial Photography 3 3
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 4 4
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 5 5
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 3 24 29
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1
Construction Management 4 1 5
Criminal Justice/Police Science 17 1 18
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 2
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 1 1 76 6 84
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2
Engineering, General 1 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 2
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 5 6
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 2 2 1 56 4 65
Fire Services Administration 4 4
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management 3 3
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 2 1 3
General Studies 6 27 10 44
Graphic Design 1 1
Greenhouse Operations and Management
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 6 11
Information Technology 3 3
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 1 3
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 1
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12 1 19 2 36
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 6 1 8
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 1 8 1 11
Music, General 1 1
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 7 34 11 2 234 37 335
Operations Management and Supervision 4 4 8
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 20 21
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 2 3
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 8 8
Turf and Turfgrass Management 2 2
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 3 3
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 395th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $89,980 ($95,200 male / $76,863 female)
Number of FT Faculty 97 (48 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 332
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,566,923

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