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Learn about Spoon River College in Canton, IL. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree and certificate programs to make an informed education decision.

About Spoon River College

Spoon River College was founded in 1960 as Canton Community College and located in Canton High School. Operating in a rural community, the school mainly serves a 5-county area in the west central region of Illinois. Spoon River College has four campuses, in Canton, Macomb, Havana and Rushville, and two community outreach centers, in Canton and Macomb. College district residents are also permitted to hike the trails of the 10-acre Spoon River College Arboretum adjacent to the Canton campus and on the shores of Lake Walter; this site is also part of the learning facilities for students of agroforestry.


Students can enroll in one of 25 certificate and 38 associate degree programs. The school emphasizes transfer degrees and career and technical education degrees and certificates within the fields of agriculture, business, computer and information sciences, education, health professions, liberal arts, natural resources, culinary services, visual and performing arts, transportation and general studies.

Students have access to an agriculture, diesel tractor technology and welding labs, as well as the Academic Success Center, computer labs, cafe, bookstore and student center, although not all campuses and outreach centers host all the same facilities. In 2011, the school employed 35 full-time and 108 part-time faculty members.

Spoon River College offers more than thirty classes online for students' convenience. There is one general associate's degree program that can be completed online, although students will need to be able to attend campus for meetings, some lectures and labs. Students can also take hybrid classes, which are a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. To attend classes offered from a wider geographic area, there is an interactive video system that broadcasts courses from partner schools in the state.


Since there is an open admissions policy, students can apply at any time. The application process is simple in that it only requires students to complete the online application, submit high school transcripts or GED documentation, and take the Compass test for course placement; there is no application fee. In addition, the school may consider students' AP exam scores for credit. Some programs may require prerequisite coursework. Notification of admission normally occurs within 2-4 days of a complete application being received.

The majority of students at Spoon River College in 2011 were white (91%), a little over half were female (59%), and nearly all of the students were state residents. More than half of the study body was enrolled part-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students need to be at least 18 years old and reside within the college district in order to take advantage of the least expensive tuition rates. In the 2011-2012 academic year, in-district students paid roughly $3,090 for tuition, while state residents who didn't live in-district paid $6,960, and non-state residents paid $8,040. Students paid about $1,550 for books and supplies and about $4,500 in other expenses. The school does not offer on-campus living; students who did not live with family spent approximately $8,750 on room and board.

The college provides many small merit- and skill-based scholarships. Most have particular requirements, such as being a student of a certain program, residing in a particular community, or being a member of a club. There are also some 36-semester hour grants that span three semesters, and they're awarded based on academic or arts performance.

The school reported that in 2010-2011, the median amount of student loan debt for students enrolled in certificate programs was greatest for students enrolled in web design ($1,517) and practical nursing ($950) programs.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural area*
Student Body 1,966 undergraduates (2011)*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs 10 areas of study; 25 certificate and 38 associate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-one-year Certificate: Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor (21)
Less-than-two-year Certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (17)
Associate's Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (155)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 30% within 150% of regular time*
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
Entering Class Size 364 (263 full-time, 101 part-time students; 2010)**
First-Year Retention Rates 59% of full-time students, 29% of part-time students*
Application Due Date None; open admissions**
Decision Notification Date 2-4 business days after completed application is received**
Tuition Estimated at $3,090/academic year for in-district, $6,960/academic year for in-state, and $8,040/academic year for out of state students in 2011-2012*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (59%), state/local grants (36%), institutional scholarships (19%), student loans (41%) (Full-time beginning undergraduate students, 2010-2011)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Spoon River College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Spoon River College, 23235 North County Hwy 22, Canton, IL 61520
  • Phone: (800) 334-7337
  • Website: www.src.edu

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