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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 The Higher Learning Commission. 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 Unveils New…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 03/09/2017
    Sandburg Unveils New Scholarship for Nontraditional Students

    March 9, 2017
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for nontraditional students.

    The… Read More

  • Registration Available for 12…
  • Sandburg 50th logo 03/09/2017
    Registration Available for 12-Week ESL Course at Sandburg

    March 9, 2017
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College’s Corporate and Leisure College is offering a 12-week English as a Second Language (ESL) course from April 6-June 22.… Read More

  • Lowe Named Co-MVP as 3…
  • Chargers logo 03/07/2017
    Lowe Named Co-MVP as 3 Chargers Earn All-Arrowhead Honors

    March 7, 2017
    GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball freshman Maddy Lowe (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) was named the Arrowhead Conference co-Most Valuable Player,… Read More

  • Sandburg Men Drain 14 3s,…
  • Chargers logo 03/05/2017
    Sandburg Men Drain 14 3s, Blast Black Hawk in Region IV Semis

    March 5, 2017
    SUGAR GROVE — The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team tied a season high with 14 3-pointers and led from start to finish in an 88-68 rout of rival… Read More

  • Sandburg Women Win in OT,…
  • Chargers logo 03/04/2017
    Sandburg Women Win in OT, Head to Region IV Championship

    March 4, 2017
    SUGAR GROVE — The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team rallied from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit and went on to beat Prairie State 68-65 in… Read More