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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 The Higher Learning Commission. 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 fiscal year 2016 Carl Sandburg College enrolled 2,922 Students.
  • 43% of college-bound students in the district attend Sandburg.
  • Average class size is 17 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 27.
  • Students most commonly describe Sandburg as comfortable, reasonably priced, academic & career oriented.

Latest Sandburg Headlines

  • Entry Deadline March 15 for…
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    Entry Deadline March 15 for Sandburg Poetry Competition

    Feb. 24, 2017
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College is seeking entries for the 28th annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Competition. Entries are due March 15. The… Read More

  • Family of Louise Swanson…
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    Family of Louise Swanson Establishes Scholarship at Sandburg in Her Honor

    Feb. 20, 2017
    GALESBURG — The family of Carl Sandburg College alumna Louise Swanson has established a nursing scholarship in her honor through the Sandburg Foundation. The… Read More

  • Trio of Sandburg XC Runners…
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    Trio of Sandburg XC Runners Named Scholar All-Americans

    Feb. 17, 2017
    GALESBURG — Three Carl Sandburg College cross country runners have been named 2016 Scholar All-Americans by the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association.… Read More

  • Sandburg TRIO SSS Celebrating…
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    Sandburg TRIO SSS Celebrating National TRIO Day Feb. 25

    Feb. 16, 2017
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program will celebrate TRIO Week from Feb. 20-26 and join other colleges nationwide in… Read More

  • Sandburg Women Clinch 2nd…
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    Sandburg Women Clinch 2nd Straight Arrowhead Conference Title

    Feb. 14, 2017
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team clinched at least a share of its second straight Arrowhead Conference title with a 65-40 victory… Read More