Prairie State College in Chicago Heights

Chicago Heights, IL

(Rating 2.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Prairie State College offers 192-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 42.1% are women, and 57.9% are men. Prairie State College is a member of 2 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Prairie State College is 7858$, that is at the level of national average. 14% of full-time Prairie State College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $28,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Prairie State College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Prairie State College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$7,097
$30,001 - $48,000$7,658
$48,001 - $75,000$11,048
$75,001 - $110,000$12,579



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2388 of Prairie State College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 52 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Prairie State College number 65 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

Students at Prairie State College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

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

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Prairie State College.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Graduation Rate


Prairie State College graduation rate is below the national average.

14% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Prairie State College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Prairie State College is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Prairie State College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Prairie State College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Illinois.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Prairie State College offers 192 programs in total: 87 are for less than 1-year certificate programs, 57 - for Associate's degree, and 48 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 134 universities in Cook county.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.


Prairie State College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 3994 students with 119815 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Prairie State College

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If you are looking for a school with professionalism, cleanliness and great staff. this might not be the place for you. This school is ghetto, rachet, and a very odd learning environment. The only good thing i can really say about this school is, they keep their bathrooms clean. Most of the staffs are rude. I'm new to this school and when ever i asked a staff for directions to my class, i get very unfriendly gestures. This school also gave me a ticket for parking on the "staff side," when i explained to them that i was new and recently just started attending and wasn't aware of the difference, they told me there were signs posted. I took pictures of exactly where i parked and explained to the office that those parking lines had no signs, and he literally said " Too bad, it was made really clear during orientation the difference between student and teacher parking." Like i said earlier, Im new to this school and never got to attend orientation and EVEN registering late, i wasn't given any handbooks or documents explaining ANY of this to me. Even as a parked earlier, i remember seeing a lady in the car right next to me just staring. People stare all the time and i didnt think anything of it because there are a lot of older people that attend this school. She could be a student for all i cared. Now being given a ticket , i've come to realization that, that was indeed a teacher who literally watched me park my car right next to hers and said absolutely, nothing. Its very clear i was a student, i had on pink sweatpants, a pink jacket, and a pink backpack. If i was a teacher or staff and i noticed a student parking at a wrong sloth, a simple "Hey, this parking is for staff only" would very swiftly come out my mouth.I was told i could repeal the ticket and try to fight against paying it but why bother writing an essay to the board when i was already told " Well, that's too bad," just by simply verbally explaining myself? Good luck if you chose prairie state college.

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Overall Rating:

Typical indoctrination facility that charges money to brainwash the simple, but programmable minded, with satanic, evil and false information in many "programs"

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Overall Rating:

Their Financial Aid department is a joke; I made a financial decision based on the advice received from their department and a year later they're charging me over $800 and refusing to give me the credits I earned. When I brought up the issue with the school they told me that the information I was given was wrong but it isn't their problem, and that if I wanted to move forward in appealing the charges I'd have to PAY THEM MORE MONEY just to look at my appeal, and even then there was "no guarantees" . The school just wants your money and it's a real shame.

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Overall Rating:

Give yourself extra time for commuting. It's a little confusing the first few times to navigate.

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Overall Rating:

Fantastic school! Faculty and staff are very helpful and they offer flexibility options to obtaining your degree.

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Location & Website

Address: 202 South Halsted Street


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +7087093500

Institution is active in current year: 1

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