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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 fiscal year 2016 Carl Sandburg College enrolled 2,922 Students.
  • 43% of college-bound students in the district attend Sandburg.
  • Average class size is 17 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 27.
  • Students most commonly describe Sandburg as comfortable, reasonably priced, academic & career oriented.

Latest Sandburg Headlines

  • Sandburg to Discontinue, Re-…
  • Sandburg logo 01/13/2017
    Sandburg to Discontinue, Re-evaluate Cosmetology Program

    Jan. 13, 2017
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College plans to discontinue its cosmetology program when the current class completes this summer. However, the College plans to re-… Read More

  • Sandburg Invites Third-Party…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 12/20/2016
    Sandburg Invites Third-Party Comments for Dental Hygiene Program Accreditation Site Review

    Dec. 20, 2016
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College will host a site review March 23-24, 2017, for continuing accreditation of its dental hygiene program by the Commission on… Read More

  • Mortuary Science Wax Head…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 12/12/2016
    Mortuary Science Wax Head Projects on Display at Sandburg

    Dec. 12, 2016
    GALESBURG — Wax heads created by students in the restorative art class of Carl Sandburg College’s mortuary science program will be on display through Dec. 15… Read More

  • Sandburg Welding Club Selling…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 12/07/2016
    Sandburg Welding Club Selling Original Works of Art

    Dec. 7, 2016
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Welding Club is selling original works of art to raise money to purchase items for Toys for Tots and the Knox County… Read More

  • Sandburg Nursing Students…
  • Sandburg logo 11/22/2016
    Sandburg Nursing Students Make Donation to FISH Food Pantry

    Nov. 22, 2016
    GALESBURG — Students in the Carl Sandburg College nursing program donated more than 150 canned and nonperishable goods to FISH Food Pantry in Galesburg on… Read More