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General Information


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

  • Alumnus Kurtis Simmons to…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/16/2016
    Alumnus Kurtis Simmons to Perform at Sandburg’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Sept. 16, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College is proud to welcome back alumnus and Galesburg native Kurtis Simmons ’95 for a guest performance at the College’s 50th… Read More

  • Sandburg Trustee Nominating…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/15/2016
    Sandburg Trustee Nominating Petitions Available Sept. 19

    Sept. 15, 2016
    GALESBURG — Tuesday, April 4, 2017, is the consolidated election when board members of Carl Sandburg College District No. 518 will be elected. Three (3)… Read More

  • FAFSA Filing for 2017-2018…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/13/2016
    FAFSA Filing for 2017-2018 Academic Year Opens Oct. 1

    Sept. 13, 2016
    GALESBURG — Application dates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are about to take a major shift. Unlike past years, students enrolling… Read More

  • Sandburg 50th Anniversary…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/08/2016
    Sandburg 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration Sept. 23-24

    Sept. 8, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College invites the community to join in commemorating its 50th anniversary during a kickoff celebration Sept. 23-24 on… Read More

  • Study Rates Sandburg 2nd for…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 09/06/2016
    Study Rates Sandburg 2nd for Cost & Financing, 7th Overall in Illinois

    Sept. 6, 2016
    GALESBURG — For the second year in a row, Carl Sandburg College rated second among Illinois community colleges for cost and financing in WalletHub’s list of… Read More