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Illinois Central College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois. Learn about its admission requirements, certificate and degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College (ICC) was established in the Peoria metropolitan area in 1966, after the citizens of Central Illinois voted to create a public community college in the area, approximately 160 miles from both Chicago and St. Louis. Today, the 2-year school awards about 1,500 certificates and degrees a year. In 2010, Illinois Central College received the Silver Award for Progress Toward Excellence from the Lincoln Foundation, the highest honor the organization has given to any Illinois college.


ICC operates eight academic departments: Agricultural and Industrial Technologies, Social Sciences, Public Services and Community Outreach, Arts and Communications, Business and Information Systems, Health Careers, English and Language Studies and the Math, Science and Engineering Department. It also operates a Library Technical Assistant Program. The school's certificate programs offer career training to students, while its associate's degree programs provide students with college credits that may transfer to a 4-year college.

ICC's programs are categorized by career clusters, and each program offers suggested career paths to enrolled students. In fact, students can select a career on the school's website to find the corresponding program of study and academic department.


Illinois Central College operations on an open admissions policy. Applications can be submitted online or in-person. High school seniors must submit official transcripts and ACT scores and also take an academic placement test prior to beginning their studies at the college.

Transient students, who are currently enrolled at another university and wish to take a class to transfer to that university, must complete an application, take a placement test for any English or math course they seek to take and provide an unofficial college transcript to demonstrate completion of any applicable prerequisite courses.

Adult students must also complete an application. Along with their applications, they must submit high school and college transcripts, meet with an academic advisor and take placement tests for reading, writing and math.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Fall 2012 tuition was $106 per semester hour for in-district students, $235 per semester hour for out-of-district students and $235 per semester hour for out-of-state students. In-district students age 65 and older receive free tuition. In 2011-2012, the school estimated the costs of books and supplies at $1,200 per year.

The college offers scholarships and work-study opportunities. Each year, the ICC Education Foundation awards about $800,000 in scholarships and the college waives nearly $1 million in tuition. More than 850 scholarships are awarded annually based on merit, financial need, major, hometown and other criteria.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate*
One but less than two year certificate*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 12,283 undergraduate students in 2011*
Student Housing On-campus housing is available**
Departments and Programs Nine academic departments offering about 1,500 courses per semester**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less than one year certificate: nursing assistant (58)*
One to less than two year certificate: licensed practical/vocational nurse training (28)*
Associate's: liberal arts (669)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 10% of students graduate within the normal time for their program*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,391 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 62% of full-time and 38% of part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition (2011-2012) $3,060 for in-district, $6,750 for in-state and $5,750 for out-of-state students per year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (48%)*
Pell grants (35%)*
Federal student loans (20%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 67% of beginning students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Illinois Central College, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: One College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635
  • Phone: (309) 694-5422
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