Rend Lake College is the place thousands of people turn to each year to lay the foundation for their future, whether that means continuing on to a four-year university or getting out into the working world. We’re here to make sure your journey starts well.
We are the most affordable path to a higher education when compared to the larger institutions around us, and that is by design. Community colleges were created to be “commuter colleges,” institutions of higher learning within driving distance of home. Rend Lake College continues to uphold its goal of providing affordable, accessible higher education to the residents of our district.
We have made strides in making higher education more accessible with the continued development of online and hybrid courses, better suited to students needing flexible class schedules. Our satellite campuses in Mt. Vernon and Pinckneyville offer additional options for residents of those areas. Most of our students receive financial aid in some form as well, whether it is grants, scholarships or loans.
It’s proven that a community college education is both an investment and a savings for those who set aside time to earn a degree or certificate. The rate of return on that investment is well worth it. Graduates enjoy greater lifetime earnings, and RLC students perform better academically than students who go directly to a four-year institution.
If the idea of enrolling in college seems a little intimidating, don’t worry. We have the staff and faculty to help you along the way, and you are likely to find a friend in much the same circumstances as you, whether you are a young person taking your first steps after high school or a nontraditional student looking for a fresh start.
As I’ve said before, you’re not a number to us. We want you here, and we welcome you to Rend Lake College. Your journey starts here.
Welcome to Rend Lake College.