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Parkland College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree and certificate programs Parkland College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Parkland College

Parkland College started offering classes in 1967 in the city of Champaign, Illinois. The community college is located about 2.5 hours from Chicago. Students can participate in more than 40 clubs and organizations. The college has intramural sports, a student radio station, cable channel and newspaper as well. Students seeking a break from their studies can visit the art gallery, attend a show at the theatre or experience the planetarium at Parkland College.


Parkland College offers roughly 100 degree and certificate programs. The college offers transferable associate's degrees in liberal arts and sciences, biological sciences, engineering and many other areas of study. Students can take advantage of the transfer agreements that are available with particular Illinois state universities. Students can also pursue career and occupational training programs, including automotive technology, dental hygiene and nursing. Parkland College provides over 20 degree and certificate programs that are almost completely online.

Students who want to challenge themselves academically can join the honors program or take part in service-learning volunteer opportunities. All students can get extra help at the Center for Academic Success, which has one-credit tutorial and module classes, academic and career advising and tutoring.


Parkland College has an open admissions policy and accepts all students who have a high school diploma/GED or are at least 18 years of age. Students interested in attending Parkland College can apply online, by mail or in-person. After completing the application, students need to send their high school or college transcripts to the school. Some health profession programs have selective admissions requirements, so acceptance into Parkland College does not guarantee acceptance into a specific program.

Students should receive an acceptance letter within two weeks of applying. Students need to meet reading, writing and math assessment requirements, either through COMPASS tests, SAT/ACT scores or previous college credit. All new students must attend a student orientation, advising and registration session at some point during a registration period.

As of 2011, 63% of students were enrolled part-time, and 94% of all students were from Illinois.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for in-district students during the 2012-2013 academic year were $112 per credit hour for on-campus and online courses. Out-of-district state resident were charged $260.50 per credit hour for on-campus courses and $147.50 per credit for online courses. Tuition and fee charges for out-of-state students in 2012-2013 were $443.50 per credit hour for on-campus courses and $248.50 per credit for online courses.

The tuition and fees are due at registration. Students can enroll in a payment plan that allows them to make up to five payments for an initial fee of $25 per semester.

All students who want financial aid can fill out their FAFSA after January 1st each year. Students can check the status of their financial aid on their student web account. Two to three weeks after applying, students receive an email with about details about loans, grants and work-study options. The Parkland Foundation also offers scholarships, which may each have a specific application and deadline.

School Type Public, two-year*
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 9,368 (all undergraduate) in 2011*
Student Housing Not available**
Schools and Programs More than 100 degree and certificate programs in nine departments**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-one-year certificate: Nursing assistant (255)
Less-than-two-year certificate: Massage therapy (24)
Associate's: Biological and physical sciences (248)*
Graduation Rates 20% of students who began in 2008 graduated and 34% transferred within 150% of normal completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 601 part-time and 737 full-time students (fall 2011)*
First-Year Retention Rates 23% of part-time and 60% of full-time students in fall 2011*
Application Due Date Up until classes begin - late registration is the first week of instruction**
Decision Notification Date About two weeks after applying**
Tuition (2012-2013) In-district students: $112 per credit hour**
Out-of-district residents: $260.50 per credit hour**
Out-of-state students: $443.50 per credit hour**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (44%), state/local grants and scholarships (18%), institutional grants and scholarships (9%), student loan aid (40%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 64% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *Nation Center for Education Statistics, **Parkland College.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821
  • Phone: (217) 351-2482
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