Prairie State College

Prairie State College

Prairie State College is a two-year community college located in Chicago Heights, Illinois. It was established in 1958. The campus is spread across an area of over 120 acres. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. The campus is home to several clubs and organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa, Chess Club, Black Student Union and Art Club.

PSC's athletic department sponsors a variety of sports for both men and women. They participate in sports like basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball and soccer. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Pioneers.

Read a special interview with PSC's Career Director, Tanya Norfleet.

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Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights , IL 60411-8226
General Phone: (708) 709-3500

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Prairie State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine445EMT ambulance attendant, EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nursing assistant
Liberal Arts156liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Security and Law Enforcement48criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Medical Support and Technology46dental hygienist, surgical tech
Mechanics and Repair40computer repair, HVAC, industrial mechanics, automobile mechanics
Science39biological and physical sciences
Family and Social Work33child care provider
Computer Science and Engineering20information technology, data processing tech, web design, computer networking, webmastering
Production Trades20machinist, tool and die tech, welding, cabinetmaking
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy20health and physical education, exercise science
Construction Trades17electrician
Business and Management9operations management, electronic commerce, accounting technology
Media7graphic communications, desktop publishing and imaging
Office and Administration5administrative assistant
Engineering Technician2CAD and design
Education and Teaching2teacher aide
Fine Arts1fine arts
Photography and Commercial Art1commercial photography

Number of programs and degrees for Prairie State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree32816
Award of less than 1 academic year51719
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years6614

Prairie State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Prairie State had a total enrollment of 5,507 students (4,081 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 29%
Black 48%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 22%
20-21 15%
22-24 12%
25-29 13%
30-34 9%
35-39 8%
40-49 11%
50-64 6%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Prairie State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 51 %
Part-Time 33 %

Prairie State Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago Heights, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Prairie State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,876
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,988
Books and supplies $ 1,320

Financial Aid:
Prairie State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 164000)

Prairie State Faculty

Prairie State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track912

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year14$82,72617$79,121
Associate professoracademic year13$60,39513$55,379
Assistant professoracademic year9$50,22712$48,547
All faculty totalacademic year36$66,53742$63,037

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Prairie State Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5510

Prairie State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Graphic Communications, General
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance)
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Tool and Die Technology/Technician
Welding Technology/Welder

Biological and Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

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Prairie State Highlights

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What Sets Prairie State Apart:

Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Prairie State Salaries of full-time faculty
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Prairie State Number of students
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Prairie State % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Prairie State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 17%Prairie State Number of degree programs
% students 40 years or older
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Top 18%Prairie State % students 40 years or older
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Prairie State Minority % of student body

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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