Seven Colleges, Endless Possibilities

You’re ready to make your future happen—and we’re ready to help. If you’re preparing for a career, interested in transferring to a four-year university, want to learn English, or are ready to complete your high school diploma, City Colleges has the program you need to succeed.

Affordable? Yes. High quality? Absolutely. Uniquely Chicago? Always.

City Colleges of Chicago

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Discover Our Programs and Pathways

Looking to earn an industry-recognized credential or complete your first two years of college? Not sure where to start? Either way, we’re here to help. Explore our programs and find the right path for you.

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Accredited Programs

Each of our colleges is independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, meaning you can access federal/state financial aid and grants while at City Colleges and save thousands of dollars on your education. The credits you earn here can then help you transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor's degree.

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Convenient Connections

Chicago's a big city, and we have big connections. In partnership with the area's largest companies, organizations, and institutions, we offer a range of unique opportunities to help you gain real-world experience, including internships, apprenticeships, and employer-aligned curriculum. Our students get their foot in the door before they step out of the classroom.

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Student Support

We're more than a college—we're a community, setting our students up for success with one-on-one academic support, funding opportunities, mental health and wellness resources, childcare centers, food pantries, and more. Our colleges provide all the services and support you need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.

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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff are diverse—just like our students and our city. As experts in their fields, they not only provide high-quality instruction, but they can help you get connected to high-quality opportunities and experiences.

Nataly Hernandez

Richard J. Daley

Nataly Hernandez

Star Scholar Nataly chose Daley College because she felt welcomed, supported, and part of the community, conditions that helped her earn both an associate degree and a transfer scholarship to Northeastern Illinois University to study social work.

Kamron Southall

Harold Washington

Kamron Southall

One year after landing an apprenticeship at Chase through the company's partnership with City Colleges, Kamron not only earned his associate degree, but he was offered a full-time job as a software engineer.

Jesse Brito

Malcolm X

Jesse Brito

After working in a factory for nearly nine years, Jesse was inspired to go back to school, starting with free high school equivalency courses at Malcolm X College. From there, he was able to earn his associate degree tuition free as a participant of City Colleges’ Gateway Program.

Johnny Horton


Johnny Horton

Going back to school to study construction management at Kennedy-King College helped Johnny build the foundation and connections he needed to start a successful career as a project engineer.

Precious Taiwo

Harry S Truman

Precious Taiwo

As she transfers from Truman College to NIU, Precious' entire undergraduate journey will be tuition free thanks to the support of two scholarships—the Star Scholarship and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. She can't wait to continue her education in the nursing field.

Angelique Nieves


Angelique Nieves

When COVID-19 brought uncertainty to the restaurant industry, Angelique decided to follow her dream of working in the cannabis field. She enrolled in Olive-Harvey College's Cannabis Dispensary Operations certificate program, earning free tuition through the college's WEI program, and, upon completion, was offered her dream job in the sector.

Hidaya Hassan

Wilbur Wright

Hidaya Hassan

Starting at Wright College allowed Hidaya Hassan to focus on her prerequisites for pharmacy school, build leadership skills, and gain real world experience before transferring to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Pharmacy.

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