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 624-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 443,938 projected to grow to more than 540,000 by the year 2030. 

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 Students1

14,375 credit students and 2,413 noncredit students enrolled at Waubonsee. Of these students, 43.6 percent were male and 56.4 percent were female. Twenty-eight percent of credit students attended classes on a full-time basis, while 72 percent of credit students enrolled part time. The average age of a Waubonsee credit student is 24.5; the average age of a noncredit student is 43. 

Our Staff

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

  • 121 full-time faculty, includes eight counselors, three librarians1
  • 444 adjunct faculty2
  • 38 administrators
  • 500 support staff
Our faculty members are experts in their fields, with more than 93 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 $7.9 billion. The college’s operating budget for the fiscal year 2016 is $68,423,594.

Sources of funding for the 2016 fiscal year:

  • Property Taxes (56.3%)
  • Tuition and Fees (31.1%)
  • State Grants & Contracts (7.5%)
  • Federal Grants & Contracts (0.1%)
  • Other (5.0%)

Four basic types of financial aid are available to our students: grants, loans, scholarships and on-campus employment.  In fact, for the 2015-16 academic year, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation has awarded 260 scholarships totaling more than $206,050.

Tuition for in-district residents for the 2015-16 school year is $110 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.


1Data from Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. 2Fall 2014.