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Triton College

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About Triton College

Founded in 1964, Triton College is a 2-year, public school located in River Grove, Illinois. In addition to its main campus, Triton operates several extension centers. The college participates in the 'Achieving the Dream' initiative, which is run by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income and minority students earn college degrees.


Triton offers students certificate and associate's degree programs in more than 200 fields of study. Examples of available fields of study include accounting, architecture, web technology and women's and gender studies. Courses are available online, on the weekends or in fast-track formats. Additionally, Triton has established partnerships with five nearby universities to give students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree while still at Triton.

The college also offers several accelerated workforce and continuing education courses. Additionally, a scholars program that provides unique resources and university-level experiences is available to students who qualify.


Triton has an open admissions policy. However, some programs have limitations on the number of student spots and have to rank applicants based on their academic qualifications.

The school's application is available online. Applicants must submit official transcripts, complete a placement test and attend an orientation. Submission of ACT or SAT scores is optional.

In 2011, the school enrolled 14,403 students, 71% of which attended classes on a part-time basis. In that same year, 57% of the student body were female and 35% of Hispanic or Latino background.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the fall of 2011, tuition was $98 for in-district, $256 for out-of-district and $321 for out-of-state and international students per credit hour. Students also paid an $8 student service fee, a $1 per course auxiliary fee and technology and registration fees that varied depending on enrollment status. Online classes included an additional $25 per course fee.

Triton offers scholarships and grants. Awards of these scholarships and grants may be based on academic merit, cultural heritage or field of study

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate**
Less than two year certificate**
Associate's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large Suburb**
Student Body 14,403 undergraduates in 2011**
Student Housing None offered**
Programs Certificate and degree programs offered in over 200 fields of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Less than one year certificate: nursing assistant (216)**
One to two year certificate: mechanic and repair technician (51)**
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences (207)**
Graduation Rates Four percent within normal program completion time**
14% within 150% of normal program completion time**
Admissions Rate Open admissions policy**
Entering Class Size 2,290 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 57% of full-time and 38% of part-time students**
Average ACT or SAT Scores of Admitted Students Information unavailable**
Application Due Date Open admissions*
Decision Notification Date Acceptance package sent immediately after applying*
Tuition (fall 2012) $98 for in-district, $256 for out-of-district and $321 for out-of-state and foreign students per credit hour*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Federal loans (3%)**
Pell Grants (24%)**
Institutional scholarships (4%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 58% in 2011**

Sources: *Triton College; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL 60171
  • Phone: (708) 456-0300
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