Connect to your future at College of Lake County. This is where you’ll set goals to work toward, explore academic interests and achieve accomplishments you never thought were possible.
When you’re comparing schools and making big decisions, here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider CLC.
You’ll take the same courses in your first two years of college—whether you’re at CLC or an expensive four-year university. So take your basics, at a fraction of the cost, through quality programs that lead to any degree you might want.
CLC is where you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to prepare for what’s next in your life—as well as the confidence to make it happen. For example, one study shows CLC graduates who transferred to Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign generally did better than the students who started there.
You can go anywhere from here. CLC graduates have entered almost every profession. Our alumni have earned bachelor’s and graduate degrees from institutions across the country, including premier ones like Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Harvard.
Begin your bachelor's at CLC knowing that our 52 transfer majors are designed to carry your credits to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. You’ll also have the guidance and support of CLC counselors so you can plan your path without worrying about hiccups later.
When your goal is to enter the workforce as soon as possible, choose one of our career preparation programs. These two-year degrees and shorter career certificates give you higher earning potential quicker.
If you’re unsure about your goals right now, that’s normal. As many as 80 percent of entering freshmen are undecided about a major, and 50 percent of college students change their minds at least once before settling on a major. At CLC, you can explore your interests and abilities without committing huge tuition dollars. Plus, we’ll guide you with academic advising and career counseling to help you decide what’s right for you.
At CLC, you’ll get small classes with teaching-focused professors. Instead of large lecture halls and teaching assistants who don’t know your name, CLC has a more intimate atmosphere for you to learn. Our average class size is 18 students, and 100 percent of classes are taught by professors.
We’re a community college with a real social atmosphere. In between classes, you’ll find plenty to do and see with our full campus experience. We offer dozens of student clubs, intercollegiate sports, cultural and social events, plus unlimited opportunities to learn new things and make friends.
Whether or not you’re living far from home, you’ll still be making decisions that affect where you’re going in life. At CLC, you’ll have the freedom and support to explore. There’s an excitement in going away to school, and students who choose CLC can still have that. You’ll transfer as a junior who has already learned what you want to study and how to be successful in college.
No one wants to graduate with big debt. And at CLC, you get more education for less money. You’ll get the training, insight and connections to lay the groundwork for whatever you want to do next. For all these reasons and more, CLC is a smart place to build your future.
Starting your next chapter after high school can be intimidating. But if you’re ready for the challenge, CLC is here to help you all the way. Questions? Talk to an enrollment representative.
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“The nursing skills lab at the Grayslake Campus is great because the equipment is similar to what nurses use on the job. The clinicals were also great hands-on learning experiences, and the CLC instructors have a great relationship with area hospitals and clinics.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“CLC's field school in Belize was my first official exposure to anthropology in general and archaeology in specific. The college's field study trips are a great way to gain in-depth exposure on a field one might be considering.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“The automotive technology program has smaller class sizes than at competing schools. That's really important, because it allows more hands-on experience and a better-quality education.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“In my first semester at the U of I, I attained a GPA of 3.8. CLC did a great job of preparing me for classes at one of the top engineering schools in the world.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“What I like especially about the mechatronics classes is the hands-on learning and the helpful instructors who want you to succeed. We also went on field trips to companies, where we got a chance to see practical, real-world examples of ideas such as building and maintaining assembly lines.”
“CLC is super well-rounded and excels at pretty much everything it does. It's really cool to know that no matter what you want, you have a strong chance at success at CLC.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
“Margie Porter, who is chair of the mechatronics technology program, understands the challenge of juggling a job, college courses and raising a family. She helps you build your self-confidence in learning the material.”
“One great part of CLC's hospitality and culinary management program is the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your work. It teaches you how to be organized and professional, and it's a great thing to carry into a job interview.”
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