About SSC

South Suburban College Today

More than 9,000 students, on average, are enrolled at South Suburban College during a typical year. The College offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer credit programs. Additionally, South Suburban College’s Business & Career Institute offers non-credit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and dozens of special interest classes.

The College has a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. A variety of cultural events are sponsored by the College, including plays, comedy acts, special lectures, and concerts, adding to the richness of the performing arts in the south suburbs.

In the future, SSC will continue to provide educational opportunities to the community in traditional areas, as well as in new and emerging fields. Through our distance learning endeavors we hope to be able to reach tomorrow’s student in even more exciting ways.

Our Mission:

The mission of South Suburban College is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.

SSC is dedicated to:

  • High quality education, training, and services for all individuals who have the ability to benefit from our programs.
  • Programs that are accessible and affordable provided to a diverse community of learners.
  • Training delivered in collaboration with local businesses.
  • A community of staff, faculty, and students that create an environment and resources for learning.
  • Up-to-date facilities and technology that help prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs or the job market.

Our Vision:

South Suburban College is a welcoming, attractive, efficient, safe, transparent, and financially secure institution that fosters creative communication and synergy within the campus community and between that community and its partners.

Through innovative teaching, integration of technology, modeling sustainable practices that value the environment, cultivation of external partnerships and a culture of assessment, SSC will play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of its diverse student population.

Institutional Summary:

Board of Trustees

  • Terry R. Wells, Chairman
  • Vivian Payne, Vice-Chair
  • Janet M. Rogers, Secretary
  • Anthony P. DeFilippo
  • Vincent Lockett
  • Prince Reed
  • Joseph Whittington, Jr
  • Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, President


  • Factors used in admissions: high school diploma or equivalent, admissions is open


  • Academic Calendar: Semester
  • Students Enrolled in 12 month period: 7,210 (2021)
  • Total Awards: 478 (323 Associate’s degrees / 226 Certificates) (2021)
  • Graduation Rate (within 150% Time): 18% (3-Yr. Average) (2021)
  • Retention Rate:  33% Full-Time & 40% Part-Time (2021)
  • Student/Faculty Ratio:  13:1 (2021)
  • Types of courses/programs offered: occupational, academic, adult basic, remedial, High School Equivalency (HSE), or English as a Second Language (ESL)

Approximate Cost of Tuition & Fees Based on 30 Credit Hours

Tuition data effective FALL 2020

  • In-district: $5,092.50 per academic year
  • Out-of-district: $11,032.50 per academic year
  • Lake County, IN: $6,142.50 per academic year
  • Out-of-state: $12,682.50 per academic year
  • Types of aid available: Federal Pell Grants, SEOG, veterans administration educational benefits, work study, MAP Grants (State)

Student Body Diversity

Percent of students enrolled, by race/ethnicity:  2021

  • International: 0.1%
  • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3%
  • Two or More Races: 2.6%
  • White: 14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic: 22.4%
  • Black or African American: 55.7%
  • Asian: 1.2%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.8%


  • Student Services: Academic assistance/tutoring, academic/career counseling, transfer counseling, employment, job placement, assistance for students with a visual, hearing or physical impairment (or disability), access for students with a physical disability, on-campus day care, student life and athletic programs, short-term medical insurance.

Photo of SSC President Lynette Stokes

Welcome to South Suburban College!

Please take a moment to explore our website and the wide range of pathways that SSC provides to students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. As the President of SSC, my goal is to ensure that we are accessible to you and are making your experience a meaningful one!

SSC offers over 100 program options that will meet your needs wherever you are at in your educational journey. We are proud to have caring and talented faculty and support staff that want you to succeed. We are committed to keeping our educational costs affordable for you and offer special tuition programs and scholarships to help you along the way.

I look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future, and please let us know how we are doing!

If you need any assistance getting started or would like to schedule a tour, I encourage you to reach out to our Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718 or Admissions@ssc.edu

– Dr. Lynette D. Stokes
President, South Suburban College