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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 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 Faculty: Past and…
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    ‘Sandburg Faculty: Past and Present’ Art Show Opening Sept. 9

    Aug. 29, 2016
    GALESBURG — The first exhibit of the 2016-17 season in Carl Sandburg College’s Lonnie Eugene Stewart Art Gallery is “Carl Sandburg Faculty: Past and Present.”… Read More

  • 3rd Annual Sandburg…
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    3rd Annual Sandburg Volleyball Navy & Red Scrimmage Aug. 23

    Aug. 19, 2016
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team’s third annual Navy & Red Scrimmage will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in John M. Lewis Gymnasium.… Read More

  • Former Umpqua Interim…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 08/17/2016
    Former Umpqua Interim President to Speak at Sandburg

    Aug. 17, 2016
    GALESBURG — Dr. Rita Cavin, former interim president of Umpqua Community College, will lead a workshop on disaster preparedness for all Carl Sandburg College… Read More

  • Sundbergs Establish Endowment…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 08/10/2016
    Sundbergs Establish Endowment Through Carl Sandburg College Foundation

    Aug. 10, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College President Dr. Lori Sundberg and her husband, Rick, have established through the Carl Sandburg College Foundation the Sundberg… Read More

  • Sandburg’s 50th Anniversary…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 08/08/2016
    Sandburg’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration Sept. 23-24

    Aug. 8, 2016
    GALESBURG — As Carl Sandburg College prepares for the start of the fall semester, it’s also readying for another big event. The 2016-2017 academic year marks… Read More