Prairie State College

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Public, 2-year

Faculty

230 Faculty Members | 32:01:00 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

Prairie State College is a richly diverse community college dedicated to student-centered instruction that fosters success in adult, transfer and work force education.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$9,342

Out of state

$11,064
Graduate

In state

No information

Out of state

No information

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
82%
Did not receive aid
18%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 68.0% $6,321
State/local grants 42.0% $1,615
Institutional grants 13.0% $3,917
Loans 14.0% $6,022

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • General Studies
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
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  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Business Administration and Management, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making. Examples: [General Management], [Business Administration] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Accounting and Business/Management
      • An integrated or combined program in accounting and business administration/management that prepares individuals to function as accountants and business managers. See other colleges that offer this major
  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Recording Arts Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as finished products or as components of film/video, broadcast, live, or mixed media productions. Includes instruction in sound equipment operation and maintenance; music, dialogue, and sound effects recording; soundtrack editing; dubbing and mixing; sound engineering; tape, disk, and CD production; digital recording and transmission; amplification and modulation; and working with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Graphic Communications, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the manufacture and distribution or transmission of graphic communications products. Includes instruction in the prepress, press, and postpress phases of production operations and processes such as offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen printing, foil stamping, digital imaging, and other reproduction methods. See other colleges that offer this major
  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Information Technology
      • A program that focuses on the design of technological information systems, including computing systems, as solutions to business and research data and communications support needs. Includes instruction in the principles of computer hardware and software components, algorithms, databases, telecommunications, user tactics, application testing, and human interface design. See other colleges that offer this major
  • CONSTRUCTION TRADES
    • Electrician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain, and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. Includes instruction in the principles of electronics and electrical systems, wiring, power transmission, safety, industrial and household appliances, job estimation, electrical testing and inspection, and applicable codes and standards. Examples: [Construction Electrician], [Industrial Electrician] See other colleges that offer this major
  • EDUCATION
    • Teacher Assistant/Aide
      • A program that prepares individuals to assist a teacher in regular classroom settings or in providing instruction and supervision to special student populations, such as bilingual/bicultural students, special education students, adult learners, and students learning English. Includes instruction in techniques of general classroom supervision, maintaining order, assisting with lessons and carrying out related assignments. Examples: [Early Childhood Education Teacher Assistant/Aide], [Elementary Education Teacher Assistant/Aide], [Special Education Teacher Assistant/Aide], [Paraprofessional Educator] See other colleges that offer this major
  • ENGINEERING/ENGINEERING-RELATED TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
    • Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. Includes instruction in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing, systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation. Examples: [Electronics Technician], [Consumer Product Electronics Technician] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to the identification and resolution of production problems in the manufacture of products. Includes instruction in machine operations, production line operations, engineering analysis, systems analysis, instrumentation, physical controls, automation, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), manufacturing planning, quality control, and informational infrastructure. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Mechanical/Mechanical Engineering Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving mechanical systems. Includes instruction in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system-testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation. See other colleges that offer this major
  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES
    • Child Care Provider/Assistant
      • A program that prepares individuals to be primary providers of home, family, residential, or institutional-based child care services. Includes instruction in child growth and development, nutrition, recreation, planning and supervision of play and learning activities, child abuse and neglect prevention, parent-child relationships, and applicable legal and administrative requirements. See other colleges that offer this major
  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS
    • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
      • A program that prepares individuals to clean teeth and apply preventive materials, provide oral health education and treatment counseling to patients, identify oral pathologies and injuries, and manage dental hygiene practices. Includes instruction in dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology; dental hygiene theory and techniques; cleaning equipment operation and maintenance; dental materials; radiology; patient education and counseling; office management; supervised clinical training; and professional standards. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Surgical Technology/Technologist
      • A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and surgical nurses, to maintain, monitor, and enforce the sterile field and adherence to aseptic technique by preoperative, surgical team, and postoperative personnel. Includes instruction in instrument and equipment sterilization and handling, surgical supplies management, wound exposure and closure, surgical computer and robot operation and monitoring, maintenance of hemostasis, and patient and team scrubbing. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Mammography Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares registered radiographers to become registered mammographers. Includes instruction in anatomy and physiology, mammography instrumentation, mammography positioning, principles and procedures of mammography, and quality assurance. Examples: [Mammography], [Breast Imaging and Mammography] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      • A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance. Examples: [Nursing (ASN)], [Nursing (BSN, BScN)], [Nursing (MSN, MScN, MN)], [Registered Nurse (RN)] See other colleges that offer this major
  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      • A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Fire Science/Fire-fighting
      • A program focusing on the theory and practice of fires and fire-fighting. Includes instruction in fire chemistry and physics, combustible materials, computer science, building construction, fire codes and related laws, fire hydraulics, fire command, fire prevention/inspection, fire protection systems, fire suppression systems, fire/arson investigation, occupational safety, equipment operation, emergency medicine and communications. Examples: [Firefighter Training] See other colleges that offer this major
  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      • A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs. See other colleges that offer this major
    • General Studies
      • An undifferentiated program that includes instruction in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies. Examples: [Undeclared Major], [Undecided] See other colleges that offer this major
  • MECHANIC AND REPAIR TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
    • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair and maintain industrial machinery and equipment such as cranes, pumps, engines and motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, production machinery, marine deck machinery, and steam propulsion, refinery, and pipeline-distribution systems. Examples: [Industrial Plant Technician], [Industrial Equipment Technology], [Industrial Mechanic], [Millwright] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems. Examples: [Automotive Service Technician], [Motor Vehicle Mechanic] See other colleges that offer this major
  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      • A program that is either a general synthesis of one or more of the biological and physical sciences, or a specialization which draws from the biological and physical sciences. Examples: [Astrobiology] See other colleges that offer this major
  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, FITNESS, AND KINESIOLOGY
    • Exercise Science and Kinesiology
      • A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. Includes instruction in biomechanics, motor behavior, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. See other colleges that offer this major
  • PRECISION PRODUCTION
    • Tool and Die Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate machine tools used in the forming of metal components, as well as the fabrication of special tools, dies, jigs and fixtures used in cutting, working and finishing metal components. Examples: [Tool and Die Maker] See other colleges that offer this major
  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Commercial Photography
      • A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences, and recording events and people, via digital, film, still and video photography. Includes instruction in specialized camera and equipment operation and maintenance, applications to commercial and industrial needs, and photography business operations. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Fine/Studio Arts, General
      • A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing. See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$0
Graduate
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
66%
Male Students
34%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Black53.06%
  2. Hispanic/Latino22.24%
  3. Caucasian16.64%
  4. Not Specified3.98%
  5. Two Or More Ethnicities2.67%
  6. Asian1.22%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.15%
  8. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0.04%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

7,535

Undergraduate students

7,535

Attendance breakdown

Full time
33%
Part time
67%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children

Top five largest sports teams

Male sports:
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Diving
Female sports:
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • All Track Combined
Full List of Athletics

Full List of Athletics X

    • Male

    • Baseball
    • Soccer
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Female

    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
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