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Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937
p. 708-974-4300
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Moraine Valley Community College

Moraine Valley Community College Rating: 4.0/5 (1 votes)

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Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, Moraine Valley Community College is one of 12 national Vanguard Colleges and is a member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. The second largest community college in Illinois, this two-year college has weekday, weekend, night, online, video, and short-term classes. Other nontraditional options include independent study classes. Off-campus study and study abroad programs are accessible. Moraine Valley offers fast track associate’s degree programs, transfer programs, career programs, developmental education programs, continuing education programs, leisure learning opportunities, and customized training for businesses. Students also have a wide range of career counseling services and learning support available to them. Moraine Valley offers free tutoring in different subjects and advisors are available to help students with planning their schedules and transferring schools. All new full-time students take COL-101 during their first semester. This class helps students with the transition to college.

Some popular areas of study include Tourism / Hospitality, Business, Fine Arts & Humanities, Computer-Integrated Technologies, Health Sciences, and Developmental Education. For students interested in the sciences, there is a strong Biological Sciences department and a geologically unique Nature Study Area and Observatory. There is also a student massage clinic for students who are in the Massage Therapy program.

Moraine Valley offers a unique educational guarantee. Students who fulfill certain requirements and successfully complete the college’s transfer programs are guaranteed that their credits will transfer to their predetermined colleges or universities. If their credits are declined, Moraine Valley will refund the tuition and course fees. Students should contact the academic advising center for more information.

Most Popular Fields of Study


It is easy for both full-time and part-time students to complete the application process. Applicants must complete either the paper or the online version of the application form and submit either an official transcript or the results of a GED exam. It is mandatory for all new full-time students to submit ACT scores or take Math, English and Reading Placement exams. Study guides are available at the circulation desk in the library and in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. All new full-time students must attend orientation, where they will review their placement test scores and receive help with planning their schedules. After registering for classes, students also need to stop by the Student Services Center with their class schedules and photo ID so that they can be issued student ID cards.

Part-time students, transfer students, adult learners, international students, and applicants to specialized programs such as the Nursing program may have additional requirements, so they should review the admissions information on the Moraine Valley website.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office provides a wide variety of service to assist students with understand and applying for financial aid. Office staff can assist students with all aspects of the application process and can even help students search for private aid sources.

Financial aid is awarded in the forms of grants, scholarships, work study employment, and loans from federal, state, institutional, and private agencies. Certain certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid but some students may be eligible to receive financial aid for summer courses in addition to the fall and spring semesters. The college offers numerous scholarships that are not need-based. Many of those scholarships are based on major and grade point average. In order to receive financial aid awards, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college’s priority deadline is in early May. Failure to complete the application process on time could result in the loss of financial aid. A partial payment plan is available to help students pay for tuition charges that are not covered by their financial aid awards.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5725th for the average student loan amount.
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Although on campus housing is not available at Moraine Valley Community College, there are still plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus. There are about 40 clubs and student organizations on campus. There are clubs that are dedicated to special academic interests, diversity and awareness, cultures, religion, community service, and student government. There are also recreational facilities like the Bob & Marge Social / Cultural Lounge where students can relax, a game room, a Cyber Café that is located near the bookstore, a jogging path that is nearly 2 miles long, and an observation deck where students can participate in monthly open viewings of the galaxy. Students can also visit the Performing Arts Center to watch concerts and plays. Shows, art exhibits, networking events, and other interesting activities are held frequently. Training sessions, classes, and fitness evaluations are offered at the the Health Fitness Center. Multicultural Student Affairs organizes fun and educational events that teach students about different cultures through music, dance, food, and presentations. There is a large library and there are more than 1,500 computers for student use on campus. Other student services include a student savings club, child care services, housing assistance, career placement services, and student health insurance. There are also many services that are designed to help international students adjust to life and school in America.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic teams at Moraine Valley Community College were once known as the Marauders, but are now called the Cyclones. Part of the NJCAA and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC), the Cyclones compete in intercollegiate sports such as men’s baseball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, golf, and women’s cross-country, basketball, softball, golf, soccer, and volleyball. The women’s basketball is particularly well known as it has won the last four ISCC Conference Championships. There are intramural teams for sports like flag football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

The Moraine Valley baseball team plays on a field southwest of the campus while the men’s golf team plays at the Water’s Edge Golf Club. The Cyclone Cross Country Course has been location of two ISCC championships and one NJCAA championship. The newly renovated Moraine Valley’s Gymnasium, also known as the Cyclone Center, is home to the women’s volleyball team and the men’s and women’s basketball teams. There are also fields and a stadium, as well as ten tennis courts.


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Information Summary

Ranks 86th in Illinois and 2726th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 29th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 21 0.12
Larceny 77 0.44
Vehicle theft 9 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,198 (17,195 urban / 3 rural)
Households7,164 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$52,164
Families4,654 (2.99 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 & SettingVery large 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 District1703

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3536th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,270 $7,890 $9,210
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $516 $516 $516
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $126 $280 $324
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 $5,394 $10,014 $11,334
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,066 $21,686 $23,006
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,998 $13,618 $14,938

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,246 $3,636 $7,656 $8,256 $8,916 $9,576
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,608(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 $6,536 $6,712
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,176 $4,728
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,500 $3,558

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 45 142 374 61 1 1,774 164 2,577
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 5
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 2 10 13
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 3 1 4
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 10 10 49 4 75
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 2 4 7
Biological and Physical Sciences 22 33 140 29 1 588 55 876
Business Administration and Management, General 2 2 4 15 23
Business/Commerce, General 1 3 10 1 15
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 1 1 7 2 11
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 3 16 1 20
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 1 1 7 1 11
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 5 24 2 33
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 3 11 1 15
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 6 23 1 31
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 2
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 19 3 24
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 7 14 2 61 3 89
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 2 4
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 18 19
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 2 6 8
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 2 12 14
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 2 22 24
Graphic Design 1 5 6
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 3 2 13 3 21
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 8 16 4 77 1 106
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1 14 1 17
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 4 4
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 2 5 7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 8 1 13
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 4 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 5 27 90 6 278 32 442
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 21 23
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 1 5 9
Management Information Systems, General 4 4
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 2 3 16 3 24
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 5 1 6
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 1 8 1 12
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 6 4 35 5 52
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 1 9 5 3 29 6 53
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 5 5
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 1 18 3 25
Movement and Mind-Body Therapies and Education, Other 1 1 2
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 1 2
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 3 6 2 84 5 101
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 2 3
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 3 1 31 7 42
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 7 5 45 4 65
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 3 3 24 4 36
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 1 2 1 11 16
Retailing and Retail Operations 5 5
Security and Loss Prevention Services 5 5
Small Business Administration/Management 1 1
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 8 3 12
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1 8 35 4 48
Teacher Assistant/Aide 2 3 6 2 13
Tourism and Travel Services Management 3 1 1 9 14
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 4 4
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 3 3
Welding Technology/Welder 5 6 29 3 43

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2006th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,641 ($63,261 male / $58,878 female)
Number of FT Faculty 188 (76 male / 112 female)
Number of PT Faculty 775
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $11,968,009

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