Facts And Figures

Facts And Figures


Carl Sandburg College is a public, two-year community college with an enrollment of 2,700 students. We offer three locations in west-central Illinois, with the Main Campus in Galesburg, the Branch Campus in Carthage and the Extension Center in Bushnell.

  • 36% of in-district, college-bound students attend Sandburg
  • 14% ethnic minority
  • 63% female
  • 43% attend part-time
  • Average class size: 17
  • 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 18 public high schools and one private high school in district
  • 31% Baccalaureate Transfers
  • Average student is 27 years of age
    •Approximately 500 degrees & certificates are awarded every year. More than 18,500 degrees & certificates have been awarded since the College’s inception.

*Based on 2014 Fall enrollment, fiscal year 2015 data




Universities & Colleges...
featuring dual-admission, bachelor-degree completion programs on campus, fully articulated programs, and online bachelor degrees.
Western Illinois University
Bradley University

St. Ambrose University

Southeastern Community College (IA)
Spoon River College
Knox College
Monmouth College
Illinois Articulation Initiative
Black Hawk College
Heartland Community College
University of Illinois
John Wood Community College
Illinois Central College
Illinois Valley Community College
Quincy University
Sauk Valley Community College
Franklin University
University of Illinois Extension
Richland Community College
Lincoln Land Community College
Parkland College
Scott Community College (IA)


K-12 Public High Schools...
Illini West
Bushnell-Prairie City
West Central
West Prairie
Spoon River Valley


George Washington Gale Scholars Program
Education to Careers Partnership
PACT Headstart
Knox County Housing Authority
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Galesburg Area Vocational Center (GAVC)
Delabar Vocational Education System
Western Area Career System (WACS)
Knox County Health Department
Area Chambers of Commerce
Area Economic Development Entities (i.e., GREDA)
Hancock County Business & Education Partners
Workforce Investment Act
Regional Hospitals & Private Practice Offices/Clinics


Financial Statement FY 2014


District 518...  
Equalized Assessed Valuation   $1.4 Billion
Budget - All Funds   $30.0 Million
Operating Budget   $15.1 Million
Operating Sources of Revenues  
Local Taxes   33%
Tuition   14%
State Grants/Contracts   13%

Federal/Local Grants/Contracts 22%
Other   18%


Operating Expenditures by Object  
Salaries & Benefits  72%
Supplies   7%
Utilities   5%
Capital Outlay   1%
Contractual Services   6%
Fixed Charges   1%
Meeting Expenses   1%
Other   7%


Operating Expenditures by Function  
Instruction & Educational Services Instruction   44%
Student Services   12%
Academic Support
Institutional Support   29%
Operations & Maintenance   11%
Public Services, Scholarships, Grants & Waivers   1%


Financial Stability


Carl Sandburg College...

  • Has an estimated annual impact equivalent to over $26 million on the district’s economy.
  • The Sandburg Foundation has an endowment fund over $3,800,000 and administered scholarships last year for approximately 250 Sandburg students.
  • Approximately 68% of the student body receive financial assistance.
  • Has expended an average of 48% of its operating budget on instructional services over the past 15 budget years.


Economic Impact on Region

  • 96% of employers in the Sandburg district hired a Sandburg student during the past 10 years — 16% more than the state average for hiring community college students.
  • 36.8% of area workers participated in credit courses at Sandburg (compared to 30% for state average).
  • On average, Sandburg students who completed their education in 2005 and worked year-round saw a 41.7% increase in earnings.
  • Students who complete a program of study can expect to earn $336,845 more over the course of a lifetime compared to those who do not attend college.
  • Sandburg graduates who are employed full-time average $27,895 in annual earnings — well above the state’s minimum wage.


*The Economic Impact of Illinois Community Colleges, Northern Illinois
University Center for Governmental Studies


Student Costs 2014-2015...
Per-semester-hour tuition rate & fees – $145.00*
Average tuition charge for one course – $435.00*
Average tuition charge for one year, full-time (average of 14 hrs./semester) – $4,060.00*
*Based on Fall 2014 tuition rates (subject to change)
Does not include occupational and/or allied health program fees.


District 518
2009 population 105,835
Square miles 2,834
District 518 includes all or part of 10 counties:
Henry, Mercer, Schuyler, Knox, Warren, Henderson, Hancock, McDonough, Fulton, and Stark.
*2010 U.S. Census

Business & Industry
For Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Schuyler, and Warren Counties – 5,170 business with 68,604 employed:
36% Service Business
25% Govt. - State, Local & Federal
21% Trade, Transport, & Utilities
4% Financial Activities
10% Manufacturing
4% Construction
*Illinois Department of Employment Security (Data for 2014, 3rd, Qtr.)

Courses & Programs

  • 44 Degrees & Certificates in occupational fields
  • 5 University transfer degrees (AA, AS, AFA, AAT, AES)
  • 869 credit courses *ICCB Approved Course List
  • 710 credit/non-credit personal and professional development classes *ICCB Approved Course List
  • 74 dual credit sections (92 credit, 2 cont. ed.)*
  • 342 evening course offerings (157 credit, 93 cont. ed.)*
  • 104 online courses (201 credit, 2 cont. ed.) 


51 Full-time faculty
108 Part-time faculty
18 Full-time support staff
22 Full-time administrators
25 Full-time technical staff
32 Full-time mid-management staff
27 Full-time physical plant/security staff
20 Part-time support staff/technical/
mid-management/physical plant staff
33 Hourly staff, 10 Work-study students
*January 2015 Staff Survey


Technology & The Virtual Campus

  • Students looking for convenience and flexibility will find it with over 102 credit and non-credit online classes, interactive distance learning classes, and many other methods available currently being offered.
  • Every classroom, office, and computer in every district building is connected to the Internet over the College’s wireless wide area network (WAN), spanning 10 counties (or 3,000 square miles) in west central Illinois.
  • All Sandburg campuses are wireless. A student with a laptop or handheld device and a wireless LAN card could access the Internet from within any Sandburg facility.


Many service departments support student success in incredibly diverse ways, from the traditional (counseling, financial aid, employment resources, registration) to the non-traditional (on-campus child care, fitness center, free tutoring, study skills workshops, student leadership conferences, and supplemental instruction).
The Sandburg Tech Help Desk is staffed Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to help students, faculty, and staff with their tech support needs.
The Sandburg Faculty Teaching/Learning Center, located on the Main Campus, features state-of-the-art technology and support for faculty integrating technology into their curriculum.