C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A
  5. Student Life
    C+
  6. Location
    B
Prairie State College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference
Address
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$7,831/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,939/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,143/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,157/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,913/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,302/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.47 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,579Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
6%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$26,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
21%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
83%
National
83%

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In a bigger perspective, school is school and no matter what school one attends, it should be recognized as a privilege. What I can appreciate is some of the professors I have a met. I've had my fair share of poor professors that didn't seem educated themselves, but I've also been blessed to meet certain professors that I will always remember. Depending on your major, some departments are more challenging than others. The bright side about attending a juco is that there are always people willing to help if you need any one-on-one time. In regards to the college itself, the cafeteria is basically nonexistent. You also have to take into consideration the districts that are affiliated with this community college, which are relatively lower class. With that, those are usually the type of students that attend PSC. Because of this, the professors are not motivating and make most courses easy. It's a shame because some students are very eager to learn and are not challenged enough.
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I attended Prairie State College on a soccer scholarship. It was a two year program so they did not offer housing. The school itself was very safe, but the area may not have been the best. The professors were all very good and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Everyone seemed like they had a vested interest in going to college or working there. The classes were somewhat difficult. I took several on line classes and they were very homework based. Tests were open book so they were easier than studying for. Overall I would say this was a very good experience. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to save some money by going to a two year college first.
Prairie State has helped me to succeed in achieving an Associates in Science and also accepting me into their Nursing Program as well. From the counselors, to instructors and to many other staff, everyone has been helpful and supportive throughout my continuing college journey.