South Suburban College


South Suburban College is a community college founded in 1927. The main campus is located in South Holland, Illinois. This institution is a member of the Course Applicability System (CAS) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).


Information Summary

Ranks 97th in Illinois and 2729th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 54.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $6,293
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 15 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 58% / 40%
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,232


South Suburban College awards Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), Associate in Engineering Science (AES), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. The different departments offered at this institution include: Business programs and computer technology; Fine arts, english and humanities; Health professions and sciences; Legal studies, social and behavioral science, and mathematics; and Nursing. All of the above departments each offer various programs of study for students.

Students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university after successfully completing two years at SSC may participate in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). IAI is an agreement offered statewide, which includes more than 100 different colleges and universities in Illinois. There are both public and independent four-year institutions involved in this program. Students participating in this program can transfer to one of these schools without any delay in the completion of their education.

Students who wish to transfer to an institution which is not part of IAI have a variety of courses to choose from that are specifically intended for transfer. The transferable courses are part of the lower division of the general education requirements at a four-year institution. All of the four-year colleges and universities may not have the same requirements for their lower division education. Therefore students should visit the Counseling and Transfer Center to find out which courses to take in order to meet their intended four-year institution’s requirements.

Distance learning is offered in four formats: online, hybrid, telecourses/stored media, and web-enhanced courses. Online classes are strictly conducted online with all instruction and interaction via the Internet. Hybrid courses are a combination of both online coursework as well as on-campus meetings. Telecourses/stored media courses are video-based classes with on-campus testing. Students receive all materials for completing the class, including a textbook, video, and study guide. Web-enhanced courses use traditional classroom meetings while incorporating the use of the web for additional activities.

Honors Program:

SSC provides an Honors Program for students displaying high academic achievements. This program allows students to take courses on a more challenging level, which increases these students transfer opportunities at various institutions. The enrollment requirements for this program can be found on the SSC official website. Once students are enrolled in this program they must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25. One of the major benefits of enrolling in this program is students receive free tuition for all honors courses taken at SSC.

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Students who wish to enroll at SSC must complete an Application Form and mail it to or bring it directly to the Student Help Center. These students must also have their official high school transcripts, GED scores, and/or college transcripts from all previously attended institutions sent to SSC Admissions. Students who wish to register full-time must also take a Placement Testing/Group Advising session. This session helps ensure students are enrolled in the most suitable courses for each individual student. International students must have their transcripts evaluated during their first semester by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). All fees associated with the use of any ECE are the student’s responsibility.

Financial Aid

SSC has scholarships available for all types of students. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievements, faculty recommendations, and individual goals. The scholarship donor decides the eligibility requirements for their scholarship and the donors include various businesses, associations, and individuals. There are also a variety of scholarships available for current SSC students as well as returning adults. Information regarding these scholarships can be found at the school’s official website.

High School graduates may be eligible for the following scholarships: the Board of Trustees Scholarship, the Construction Technology Scholarship, the Francis Meyer – Bank Calumet Scholarships, the Frank J. Pavelin Memorial Scholarship, the GELITA USA – Chicago Gelatine Scholarships, the Jane Dillon Memorial Scholarships, the Patricia Chase Magon Journalism Scholarships, the South Suburban College Foundation Scholarships – Sponsored by UPS, the SSC Foundation High School Scholarships, and the Reverend Cartha McKenzie Sr. Scholarship.

Also high school graduates may be eligible for the Board of Trustees Scholarship, which pays for the expense of the student’s two-year education at SSC. Students may be eligible for this scholarship if they received a minimum GPA of 3.5 or if they graduated in the top 15 percent of their class. Another requirement of this scholarship is students must have attended high school in District 510 or lived in this district while attending a high school located outside of the district.

Work Study Program:

A Federal Work-Study Program is available for students demonstrating financial need. Students participating in this program must have graduated from high school or passed the GED test. Also students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours a semester. This program allows students to work on-campus and use the money they receive to help pay the cost of their education. Students interested in this program must contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out more information.

UPS Earn and Learn Program:

Students working part-time at UPS who plan to attend SSC may be awarded the UPS Earn and Learn Program. The goal of this program is to give the employees of UPS the opportunity to receive a higher education as well as helping to strengthen their skills through various training programs. This program has proudly helped thousands of student employees receive a college education.


There are several grants available to help pay the cost of tuition. This type of financial aid does not require students to pay back the money they receive. The Federal Pell Grant is available for students who show financial need. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Monetary Award) is available for part-time and full-time students from Illinois whose family demonstrates financial need. Lastly the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is available for students showing significant financial need and priority is given to students receiving the Pell Grant.

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SSC is a commuter college that serves a wide range of students including high school graduates, international and transfer students, and working professionals. Over half of the student population at SSC is of African-American descent.

Students can be involved in campus life through over 20 clubs and organizations, intercollegiate sports, an art gallery, student government, and intramural sports. The college also provides many services for its students including a career development and jobs center, short-term medical insurance availability, a child development center, library, bookstore, computer labs, and fitness center.

South Holland is a “dry” town and therefore students will neither be able to buy liquor within the village limits nor will they be able to find any local bars to go to.

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The sports teams at SSC are known as the Bulldogs and are a member of the NJCAA Region IV. The teams available for men to compete in include baseball, soccer, and basketball. Women are also able to compete in various sports teams and these include basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball.

There are also a variety of intramural sports available for all students including: basketball, softball, touch football, bowling, volleyball, and weight lifting.


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