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Welcome to Prairie State College

Prairie State College (PSC) is a two-year community college offering associate degrees, technical and career certificates, and adult, corporate, and continuing education. Our 137-acre campus is located at South Halsted Street and Vollmer Road in Chicago Heights, Illinois. We serve over 12,000 students annually through our credit and non-credit courses.

PSC offers associate degrees that prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for specific careers, and an associate degree that recognizes the completion of a broad range of college-level courses. Degrees and certificates in more than 100 fields of study, including nursing and dental hygiene, are offered. PSC was the first Illinois community college to guarantee all credits will transfer to other Illinois colleges and universities, a guarantee that continues through the Illinois Articulation Agreement.

Through Corporate and Continuing Education there are many career options that lead to employment, many may be completed in less than a year.

Start near with:

  • Small class sizes;
  • Numerous transfer and career programs;
  • Affordable in-district tuition rate;
  • Non-credit classes/vocational certificate programs;
  • And free adult education classes.

Go far and

  • Transfer to a four-year university of your choice;
  • Get a job in a specialized field;
  • Or get the skills needed to advance your career or build your resume.

Type of Student


To apply and enroll at the college, please click your student type based on your previous college experience.


All new students entering college for  the first time, are required to take the placement test, and meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. ACT scores may be used in place of the placement test. Please note, there is a time limitation on the use of previously completed ACT and placement test scores. Students should speak with an advisor for additional information.

Scholarships

Scholarships are another source of funding. The PSC Foundation offers many scholarships for PSC students. Complete the online scholarship application available at prairiestate.edu/foundation/index. The PSC Foundation awards more than $75,000 in scholarships annually to students who are not fully funded through any other source.