Situated in the western suburbs of Chicago as a two-year college focused on career-oriented higher education, Waubonsee Community College has four convenient campus locations with unmatched state-of-the-art facilities in Sugar Grove, Aurora, Plano, and Copley as well as online from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Home to more than 30,000 enrolled students, WCC serves twelve public school districts in portions of Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle, and Will counties in Illinois. With an area encompassing around 600 square miles, Waubonsee Community College has an assessed valuation of more than $5 billion.
First established in 1966 when voters voted to establish the Community College District 516 to serve the twelve school districts, the school was named Waubonsee Community College in reference to a 19th-century chief of the Pottawatomie who inhabited the Fox River Valley. In 1967, the college's first classes were held on its first permanent campus in Sugar Grove with an initial enrollment of 403 full-time and 1,200 part-time students. By 1997, the college had already tripled in size due to continued expansion on the western edge of the district and became one of the largest educational institutions serving the region.
Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), WCC offers more than 1,000 credit courses available, which can be applied toward a certificate, associate degree, and/or transferred to a four-year institution. As a founding member of the Illinois Virtual Campus (IVC), Waubonsee Community College is one of a handful of higher education institutions in Illinois to offer fully accredited associate degrees to students in a distance learning format. Among the most popular degree programs are for the high-demand fields of business, early childhood education, healthcare, information technology, interpretation, nursing, and renewable energy technologies.
Although Waubonsee is a two-year school, the community college offers students a full college experience complete with access to over 35 student clubs, honor societies, professional organizations, student government, and intramural sports. Nicknamed the Chiefs, Waubonsee Community College is a member of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference of the NJCAA with varsity teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. As one of the most prominent, the WCC Men's Basketball team is regularly ranked as one of the top 25 junior college basketball teams in the nation.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 7602
Total institution enrollment: 7602
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
Waubonsee Community College
Rte 47 At Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Male undergraduate population: 46%
Female undergraduate population: 54%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's