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.
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.
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.
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.