Fast Facts

Waubonsee — at a glance!

Our District

Waubonsee’s Illinois Community College District #516 (pdf) serves 22 municipalities, 12 public high school districts and eight private high schools. The 600-square-mile district includes southern Kane County and portions of Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will counties. These five counties accounted for 71.2 percent of the state’s population growth from 2000 to 2009. Such growth is expected to continue, with the current district population of 428,000 expected to grow to more than 510,000 by the year 2020. 

Our Offerings

Waubonsee is a comprehensive community college offering a variety of programs and services, including Transfer Programs, Career Programs, Adult Education, Business Training, Student Services, and Personal and Professional Learning.

Our Students

For the 2011-12 academic year, 31,158 students enrolled at Waubonsee, taking a total of 197,852 semester hours. Of these students, 42 percent were male and 58 percent were female. Thirty-three percent of credit students attended classes on a full-time basis, while 67 percent of credit students enrolled part time. The average age of a Waubonsee credit student is 27; the average age of a noncredit student is 40. 

Our Staff

Waubonsee is one of the area’s largest employers. The college’s staff includes:

  • 118 full-time faculty
  • 550 adjunct faculty
  • 35 administrators
  • 483 support staff
Our faculty members are experts in their fields, with more than 90 percent holding a master’s or doctorate degree. 

Our Finances

According to local county clerk offices, the total assessed valuation of the district is approximately $9.1 billion. The college’s operating budget for the fiscal year 2013 is $63,570,874.

Sources of funding for the 2012 fiscal year:

  • Local (57.19%)
  • Tuition and Fees (31.42%)
  • State (7.50%)
  • Other (3.89%)

Four basic types of financial aid are available to our students: grants, loans, scholarships and on-campus employment. In fact, for the 2012-2013 academic year, the Waubonsee Foundation awarded 174 scholarships, valued at $120,650. 

Tuition for in-district residents for the 2012-13 school year is $97 per semester hour. A typical credit course is 3 semester hours. 

Our Accreditation

Waubonsee Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604. We are recognized by federal and state agencies administering financial aid. 

Waubonsee is also approved by the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.