Seven Colleges. Endless Opportunity.

If you’re looking to start your college education, finish your high school education, advance in a career, or learn English, we have the high-quality classes and supportive community to help.

We’re not only on the North Side, South Side, West Side, and East Side. We’re also by your side.

City Colleges of Chicago

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Discover Our Programs and Pathways

We have seven colleges, all of which can help you:

  • Earn an industry certificate
  • Get an associate degree
  • Transfer to a 4-year university

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Advance Your Education—and Your Future

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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, 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.

Sam Roberts

Harold Washington

Sam Roberts

The support Sam Roberts received as a student at Harold Washington College inspired her to pay it forward. She’s now preparing for a career as a social worker at Loyola University Chicago with support from the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Deynna Rey

Harry S Truman

Deynna Rey

Growing up in Venezuela, Deynna Rey always dreamed of college. She started her journey in free ESL classes at Truman College and soon enrolled in credit classes with tuition support through the Gateway Scholars program. Deynna earned her associate degree last spring and is now attending Yale University on a full-ride scholarship.

Takeshia Carter


Takeshia Carter

As a child, Takeshia Carter built model cars and carried small auto parts in her pockets. After years of working in other industries, she followed her heart back to the automotive field. Takeshia is earning her associate degree in general studies with a focus on automotive collision repair at Kennedy-King College.

Elvis Dankwah

Malcolm X

Elvis Dankwah

Elvis Dankwah left Ghana to follow in his family’s footsteps at Malcolm X College. As he works to prepare for pharmacy school, the Malcolm X College star soccer player can’t wait to continue his family’s tradition of excellence in healthcare.

Demetrius Porter


Demetrius Porter

Demetrius Porter didn’t let a COVID-related job lay-off get in the way of his success. With the support of Future Ready and Olive-Harvey College, he obtained his Commercial Driver’s License at no cost and is now earning the highest salary of his career.

Claudio Ramirez

Richard J. Daley

Claudio Ramirez

After leaving prison, IT classes at Daley College helped Claudio Ramirez turn his life around. Within a few years of graduating, he surpassed his six-figure salary goal and is proud to be building generational wealth for his family.

Maria Delgado

Wilbur Wright

Maria Delgado

Maria Delgado started on her college path in 1994. Grief and loss put school on hold but didn’t take away her dreams. Inspired by her children, Maria graduated from Wright College in 2022, 28 years after she began her journey there. Today, she has her sights on a bachelor’s degree and a career in healthcare.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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