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    Phone: (847) 543-2399 
    Fax: (847) 543-3069

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Grayslake in Lake County, Illinois
One hour away from two major cities, Chicago, Illinois (3rd largest city in the U.S) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
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Affordable Tuition

College of Lake County has the community college advantage. Public community colleges are the best financial value in the American education system, because tuition is less than half of what it costs at a public university. The total cost of tuition, books and living expenses is $21,388 per academic year at CLC.

Community College Statistics

  • Almost 50% of all U.S. undergraduates begin their study at a community college - one reason why U.S. community colleges are becoming more widely known to international students worldwide as "the gateway to U.S. higher education."
  • Over 100,000 international students attend 1,202 community colleges in the United States. About 39 percent of all international undergraduate students choose community colleges and there are 25,114 international students studying in the state of Illinois.
  • Community colleges enroll 11.6 million students.

Plenty of famous people and high-achievers started out at community college. Here is a list of people just to name a few:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, California governor
  • George Lucas, Star Wars movie producer/director
  • Tom Hanks, film actor
  • Clint Eastwood, film actor
  • Calvin Klein, fashion designer
  • Craig Venter, human genome scientist
  • Eileen Collins, NASA space shuttle commander
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer prize-winning poet
  • Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former United Nations (UN) ambassador
  • Sam Shepard, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright
  • James Sinegal, CEO of Costco

Top Ten Benefits of Attending a Community College

  1. Affordable Cost
  2. Excellent University Transfer Opportunities (2+2 programs)
  3. Flexible English Proficiency Requirements
  4. Focus on Teaching
  5. Small Class Sizes
  6. Additional Year of Practical Training
  7. Use of the Latest Technologies
  8. Hundreds of Programs to Choose From
  9. Opportunities to Experience U.S. Culture
  10. Excellent Student Support Services

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Student Story

Ekaterina Perezhogina from Russia

Photo of Ekaterina Perezhogina, International Student from Russia"College of Lake County has definitely exceeded my expectations. The classes are engaging, yet challenging. The professors are approachable, yet they make you work to your full potential. Getting my associate degree in Chemistry at College of Lake County is the best decision I have ever made."

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Education USA


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