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General Information


Carl Sandburg College is dedicated to serving the educational needs of west and central Illinois. The College has served the area for over 40 years with accreditation that has been approved by the North Central Association of Colleges. Individual and community improvement through education is the goal of Sandburg and we strive to give individuals the ability to think critically, to realize their human potential, and to become a constructive force in their environment. The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide all students with opportunities for success.


Sandburg has many cooperative alliances that develop programs with neighboring institutions and seek to maintain or expand alliances within and beyond the College district. Along with providing exceptional associate degree level education for students, Sandburg also features over 50 occupational programs and continuing ed/adult learning in a hi-tech environment. Sandburg believes in providing educational experiences of occupational, preparatory, and continuous nature.

  • In the spring of 2013, Carl Sandburg College enrolled 3,372 Students.
  • 37% of college-bound students in the district attend Sandburg.
  • Average class size is 16 students.
  • 18 public high schools and one private high school are in the Illinois Community College District 518.
  • The average age of students at Sandburg is 30.
  • Students most commonly describe Sandburg as comfortable, reasonably priced, academic & career oriented.

Latest Sandburg Headlines

  • Sandburg Hosting…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/30/2016
    Sandburg Hosting Manufacturing Month Open House Oct. 4

    Sept. 30, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College, in cooperation with the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development and the Workforce Innovation Board of Western… Read More

  • Chargers Shut Out Kankakee,…
  • Chargers logo 09/28/2016
    Chargers Shut Out Kankakee, Set Up Showdown for Group Title

    Sept. 28, 2016
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team shut out Kankakee 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Kleine Field to set up a showdown next… Read More

  • Sandburg Announces $100,000…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/26/2016
    Sandburg Announces $100,000 Vitale Annual Fund Challenge

    Sept. 26, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College made a difference in Andrea Ferretti Vitale’s life. Now she wants to challenge others in her community to do the same for… Read More

  • Alumnus Kurtis Simmons to…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/16/2016
    Alumnus Kurtis Simmons to Perform at Sandburg’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Sept. 16, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College is proud to welcome back alumnus and Galesburg native Kurtis Simmons ’95 for a guest performance at the College’s 50th… Read More

  • Sandburg Trustee Nominating…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/15/2016
    Sandburg Trustee Nominating Petitions Available Sept. 19

    Sept. 15, 2016
    GALESBURG — Tuesday, April 4, 2017, is the consolidated election when board members of Carl Sandburg College District No. 518 will be elected. Three (3)… Read More