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About College of Lake County

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a community college committed to providing high-quality education in addition to cultural enrichment and to advance the diverse communities it serves.CLC is located in Grayslake, Illinois, 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Illinois. There are 3 campuses with robust course offerings at each location. At CLC, students are provided with the opportunities they need to transform their dreams into bright futures.

CLC provides students with the practical prerequisites they need to succeed:

  • Wide-ranging academic options
  • Tuition value
  • Convenient locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Counseling
  • Career advice
  • Learning support
  • If you are an F-1 student you might be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to study at College of Lake County for an academic year!

More than that, they also find inspiration and motivation from faculty and staff with high expectations of them.

College of Lake County

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Grayslake, Illinois
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English as a Second Language Program

The Academic ESL program at the College of Lake County is also known as the English Language Instruction (ELI) program. CLC's ELI program is award-winning with five levels of English language training. The English as a second language program was designed for ESL students who are motivated to learn English as quickly as possible with the goal to meet the required college reading and writing readiness for college classes, transfer to universities or to practice a profession in the U.S. This program is perfect for international students, au pairs, US high school graduates and any other English learner who is motived to meet their academic or professional goals.

Students taking ELI courses have access to:

  • ELI tutor
  • State-of-the-art language lab with 34 stations open 35+ hours a week for individual use
  • Full-time lab assistant
  • Language software for practice with all language skills

Click Here to learn more about CLC's ELI Program

Guaranteed Transfer Admission

At CLC, students have the opportunity to participate in the Guaranteed Transfer Admission (GTA) program. This program allows students to transfer to the four-year institution of their choice. Our GTA agreements provide CLC students to transfer to earn their bachelor's degree to several participating partner colleges and universities in the region, nation, and abroad. Based on the strength of our academic programs, CLC's partner institutions guarantee admission for all CLC students who meet specific criteria outlined in their agreements.

  • Start at CLC and finish at a college or university of your choice with CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission program
  • Know that you’re admitted to your transfer school as early as your first semester at CLC
  • Save thousands in tuition costs and lower student debt
  • Benefit from personalized academic planning from both institutions

Click Here to view the Guaranteed Transfer Admission Quick Facts Sheet for answers to frequently asked questions about guaranteed transfer admission agreements

Why Start at a Community College?

Top Ten Benefits of Attending a Community College:

  1. Affordable Cost
  2. Excellent University Transfer Opportunities (2+2 programs)
  3. Flexible English Proficiency Requirements
  4. Focus on Teaching
  5. Small Class Sizes
  6. Additional Year of Practical Training
  7. Use of the Latest Technologies
  8. Hundreds of Programs to Choose From
  9. Opportunities to Experience U.S. Culture
  10. Excellent Student Support Services

International Student Support Services

It is CLC's mission to facilitate global engagement and advance international education among CLC students, faculty, and staff through the support of international educational exchange, programs and services.

  • An International Student Advisor

  • A Peer Mentor Program

  • An award-winning English Language Instruction (ELI) program

  • A three-day international student orientation and specialized workshops

  • A diverse student population but with small class sizes (average class: 20 students)

  • Monthly social and cultural activities, and many student clubs to join!

  • More than 50 associate degree transfer areas.

  • A gym and fitness center, tennis courts, intercollegiate athletic teams and a scenic 4-kilometer fitness trail around lakes and natural prairies.

  • International Student Housing Guide

  • Free Airport pickup service from O’Hare International Airport.

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