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November 30, 2017

U of I, City Colleges expand guaranteed admission partnership
Scholarships also provided under new U of I System program


CHICAGO, Ill. – University of Illinois President Tim Killeen today announced that a guaranteed admission partnership with City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) has been expanded to include all three U of I System universities and that top transfers will be eligible for scholarships through a new pilot program.

The new initiatives will expand educational opportunities for Chicago-area students by uniting Illinois’ largest university system with the state’s largest community college system. The U of I System’s three universities and CCC’s seven campuses each serve more than 80,000 students annually. 

The transfer partnership grew recently to guarantee admission across the U of I System through new agreements between CCC and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Springfield. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) already had a longstanding transfer partnership with CCC.

Under the agreements, students who enroll at CCC will be guaranteed admission anywhere in the U of I System if they meet their selected university’s admission requirements and then complete required community college credits. 

Killeen said CCC transfers also will be eligible to compete for five scholarships of $2,500 a year for up to two years under a newly created pilot program that will ultimately grow to 10 scholarships.

Transfers to UIC will be eligible for additional awards through an existing program offered to students who study at CCC under STAR Scholarships, which provide free tuition to Chicago Public School graduates with a 3.0 grade-point average who test high in math and English. UIC awards scholarships to about 250 STAR transfers annually, providing $2,500 for up to two years.

“These partnerships reflect the U of I System’s bedrock commitment to access and affordability, creating an easier pathway into our universities and providing the financial support that is so important to help students achieve their dreams,” Killeen said.

CCC Chancellor Juan Salgado said the initiatives offer his students a smooth transition into the U of I System.

“This partnership with the state’s flagship university system is further proof that CCC students are prepared to excel in the next step of their educational journeys, and I am delighted that we are giving them a new ladder of opportunity to pursue great careers,” Salgado said.

Killeen said the U of I System is working to expand partnerships with community colleges, an increasingly popular pathway to four-year universities that offer students lower tuition and an opportunity to live at home during their early college years. More than 270,000 Illinois students every year enroll in the state’s 48 community colleges, including about 47,000 at CCC.

From 2012 to 2016, transfer enrollment across the U of I System grew about 14 percent to more than 3,900, including more than 400 from CCC – a nearly 60 percent increase. The U of I System has about three dozen guaranteed admission agreements with Illinois community colleges.


About the University of Illinois System: The University of Illinois System is a world leader in research and discovery, and the largest educational institution in the state with more than 83,000 students, nearly 25,000 faculty and staff, and universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I System awards nearly 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.

About the City Colleges of Chicago: The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois, provides a quality, affordable post-secondary education preparing more than 80,000 students annually for further college and careers. CCC encompasses seven colleges and five satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, or to register, call (773) COLLEGE or visit