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IPEDS ID: 148007
OPE ID: 00164000
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Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411-8226
General information:  (708) 709-3500
Website:  www.prairiestate.edu
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  4,699 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty76227
Instructional76227
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-district$2,784$2,976$3,372$3,4321.8%
In-state$6,600$6,984$7,644$7,8002.0%
Out-of-state$7,560$8,304$9,084$9,2401.7%
Books and supplies$2,000$2,000$2,000$2,0000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$6,264$7,516$7,516$7,5160.0%
Other$4,898$6,204$6,204$6,2040.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,898$6,204$6,204$6,2040.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-district
Off Campus$15,946$18,696$19,092$19,1520.3%
Off Campus with Family$9,682$11,180$11,576$11,6360.5%
In-state
Off Campus$19,762$22,704$23,364$23,5200.7%
Off Campus with Family$13,498$15,188$15,848$16,0041.0%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$20,722$24,024$24,804$24,9600.6%
Off Campus with Family$14,458$16,508$17,288$17,4440.9%
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid115363%————
Grant or scholarship aid13355%$746,293$5,611
Federal grants11849%$582,912$4,940
Pell grants11849%$577,659$4,895
Other federal grants167%$5,253$328
State/local government grant or scholarships4820%$81,267$1,693
Institutional grants or scholarships2510%$82,114$3,285
Student loan aid5924%$311,205$5,275
Federal student loans5924%$311,205$5,275
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,38852%$13,262,373$5,554
Pell grants2,13347%$10,414,091$4,882
Federal student loans97421%$5,892,301$6,050
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$6,262$7,553$7,831
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$5,789$7,097$6,939
$30,001 – $48,000$6,574$7,658$8,143
$48,001 – $75,000$8,072$11,048$11,157
$75,001 – $110,000$8,946$12,579$11,913
$110,001 and more$7,754$12,912$13,302
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)4,699
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment260
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 34%
Part-time: 66%Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 54%
Hispanic/Latino: 18%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 21%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 59%
25 and over: 41%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 96%
Out-of-state: 3%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 15%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 40%
Part-time students: 32%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 20 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 13%
Transfer-out rate: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 14%
Female: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 16%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 20%
Two or more races: 20%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 15%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 19%
[Began in Fall 2012]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 13%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
year
Certificate
1
to
<2
year
Certificate
Associate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping30-
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General0--
Business Administration and Management, General--3
Business/Commerce, General5--
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry5--
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce1--
Category total1403
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects0--
Graphic Communications, General--6
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design4--
Recording Arts Technology/Technician-23
Category total429
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0--
Category total0--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General1--
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications7--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other-0-
Information Technology--7
Network and System Administration/Administrator1--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design1--
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster1--
Category total1107
Construction Trades
Electrician-284
Category total-284
Education
Teacher Assistant/Aide--0
Category total--0
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician4--
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician-2-
Computer Software Technology/Technician2--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician--3
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician-5-
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD1--
Category total773
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care Provider/Assistant7231
Category total7231
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--30
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance)71--
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)50--
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide395--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--47
Surgical Technology/Technologist-13-
Category total5161377
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science-13
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician0--
Fire Science/Fire-fighting17-7
Category total17110
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies--22
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--211
Category total--233
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician2301
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician1--
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician013-
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology-2-
Category total24151
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--69
Category total--69
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General25--
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-55
Category total2555
Precision Production
Cabinetmaking and Millwork-0-
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist-0-
Welding Technology/Welder31-
Category total31-
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial Photography0-2
Fine/Studio Arts, General--0
Graphic Design1--
Category total1-2
Grand total69475424
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 97
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 4
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $2,247
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: $1,873
RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND TRANSFER-OUT
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Full-time students: 88%
Part-time students: 50%
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
GRADUATION AND TRANSFER-OUT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Rates by time to completion2010-112011-12
Graduation rate
150 percent of normal time0%0%
200 percent of normal time0%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time55%57%
200 percent of normal time55%--
  • Depending on the program length, graduation and transfer-out rates can be measured over different lengths of time. The academic years, 2010-11 and 2011-12, are the cohort years students entered an institution. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program from the time they entered an institution. For example, the "normal" amount of time (or 100% time) for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., completion within 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., completion within 4 years for a 2-year program).
  • (--) not applicable
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NJCAA Division II MenWomen
Baseball12
Basketball1112
Golf4
Soccer2310
Softball11
Tennis7
Track and Field, X-Country35
Volleyball8
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1965 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1975 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)5/16/1969 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Rape0
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary000
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate11.8%15.6%18.4%
Number in default394753
Number in repayment329301287
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)