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Kendall College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the certificate and degree programs offered at Kendall College in Chicago, IL. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Kendall College

Since moving from Evanston in 2005, Kendall College has been located near the heart of Chicago in a reclaimed factory building. Kendall College was founded in 1934 and remains focused on experiential learning with more than 2,000 students. This college offers students four schools to choose from: the School of Culinary Arts, the School of Hospitality, the School of Business, and the School of Education.

As an affiliate of Laureate International Universities (LIU), Kendall College has access to opportunities in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia. LIU is a network that was founded in 1998 and consists of 69 institutions of higher education around the world.


The School of Culinary Arts trains students in either a bachelor's or one of three associate degree programs. Students in these programs work in one of Kendall College's 12 commercial kitchens with specialized equipment, such as an outdoor bread oven, in a hands-on environment. They may also work at the college's own fine-dining restaurant. Each student must complete a three month internship before graduation. The School of Hospitality offers a bachelor's in hospitality management with several concentrations to choose from, including club and casino management. In this program, students begin taking courses in hospitality from the start and may be eligible for respected credentials.

Kendall's School of Business offers a bachelor's program with four options for concentration. Classes are available on campus or online, and each business student must finish a three month internship, usually based in Chicago. The School of Education offers a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with or without Illinois Teacher Certification, as well as a certification program for those who already have a bachelor's degree but wish to be certified in Illinois. Classes can be taken on campus or online, and all education students must complete fieldwork that includes observing and participating with infants, toddlers and young children.


While Kendall College has no set admission deadline, applicants should be aware that the starting dates for each quarter in 2012-2013 were October 3rd for fall, January 7th for winter and April 8th for summer. When applying, students must schedule an on-campus interview with an enrollment advisor. Each application requires a $25 application fee, and first-year students need a high school or college transcript, SAT or ACT scores if the applicant is within 5 years of having graduated high school, and a personal statement to supplement the online application.

Tuition & Financial Aid

There are seven institutional scholarships available based on academic achievement, financial need, and other considerations. Kendall's website also lists outside scholarship resources. Students already fully employed should see if their company is one of Kendall's Education Partners, as they may be eligible for a tuition reduction. Some programs have additional fees. Students should be sure to check when applying with their particular field of study for details.

School Type Private, 4-year for-profit**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, associate, bachelor's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 2,050 undergraduates in 2011-2012*
Student Housing One high-rise apartment building downtown available to students*
Schools and Programs Four degree-conferring schools*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate: Culinary Arts/Chef Training (107)
Bachelor's: Early Childhood Education and Teaching (180)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 32% (in 4 years)
41% (in 6 years)
41% (in 8 years)**
Admission Rate 98% of 2011-2012 applicants admitted**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2010-2011: 53% of full-time students
27% of part-time students**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling*
Tuition $22,910 (2011-2012; figure includes tuition and fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (47%)
State and local grants (30%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (60%)
Federal loans (74%)
Other student loans (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Kendall College, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Contact Information

  • Address: Kendall College Office of Admissions, 900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642
  • Phone Number: (888) 90-KENDALL
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