Fast Facts

Waubonsee — at a glance!

Waubonsee — at a glance!

Our Students1
14,861credit students enrolled
at Waubonsee.
  • 2,583 noncredit students
  • 26.0 percent enrolled full-time.
  • 74.0 percent enrolled part-time.
  • 23.1 percent of area high school graduates enroll the following fall.
  • 34,335 people have graduated from Waubonsee since the college was established, earning 20,036 certificates and 22,761 degrees.
  • Average age of a credit student is 24.0
  • Average age of a noncredit student is 38.0
  • 23:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 44.4 percent male and 55.6 percent female

Student Ethnicity:

  • 58.9% Caucasian
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 26.4% Hispanic or Latino
  • 8.2% Black or African American
  • 3.5% Asian
  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.5% Other/Not listed
1,758 degrees and certificates
were awarded in 2016.

Student Enrollment:

  • 76.4% transfer programs
  • 23.6% career and technical
    education programs


Net Price Per Year Comparison 2015-2016; Waubonsee $4707, Four-year public in state $15177, Four-year private $21786

Tuition for
in-district residents for the 2016-17 academic year is $118 per semester hour. A typical credit course is three semester hours.

Our Staff

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

  • 118 full-time faculty
  • 501 adjunct faculty2
  • 38 administrators
  • 475 support staff

Our Finances

According to local county clerk offices, the total assessed valuation of the district is approximately $8.2 billion. The college’s operating budget for the fiscal year 2017 is $68,692,850.

Sources of funding for the 2017 fiscal year:

  • Local Sources (59.1%)
  • Tuition and Fees (32.2%)
  • State Grants & Contracts (4.4%)
  • Federal Grants & Contracts (0.2%)
  • Other (4.1%)

Financial Aid:
Four basic types of financial aid are available to our students: grants, loans, scholarships and on-campus employment.  In fact, for the 2016-17 academic year, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation awarded an all-time record of $256,800 in scholarships to 234 students.  The average scholarship award was $876.

Our Accreditation

Waubonsee Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 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.

1Data represents FY2016. Sources: College Navigator, ICCB/IPEDS and internal reports.
2Fall 2016.

Waubonsee Community College does not discriminate based on any characteristic protected by law in its programs and activities.

Our Offerings

Waubonsee is a comprehensive community college offering a variety of programs and services, including:

Our District

Waubonsee’s Illinois Community College District #516:

  • Encompasses 624 square miles
  • Includes southern Kane County and portions of Kendall, DeKalb, La Salle and Will counties
  • Serves 22 municipalities, 12 public high school districts and eight private high schools
  • Current population: 444,813
  • Projected populationin 2030: 541,086