A dynamic institution focused on student learning and completion
Recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, Wilbur Wright College is a dynamic institution with a rich history and community, focused on student learning and completion.
Serving more than 23,000 students annually, Wright College grants certificates and associate degrees, with its credit courses transferable to most four-year colleges and universities. Wright College is the hub for Information Technology education for City Colleges of Chicago's (CCC) College to Careers initiative.
In fiscal year 2014 (FY2014), Wright College exceeded or met 11 of the 18 goals on its FY2014 Scorecard
, and came within 5 percent of an additional four targets. This annual Reinvention Scorecard measures key targets established in City Colleges' Five-Year Plan (released June 2013), which assesses progress against CCC's Reinvention goals.
In FY2014, Wright College reached a milestone in awarding 1,031 associate degrees. It was the first time in Wright's history where more than 1,000 students earned their associate degrees within the fiscal year. This exceeds Wright's target by 21 percent and represents an increase of 20 percent over the numer of degrees awarded in FY2013. The number of degrees awarded annually at Wright has more than doubled since the start of Reinvention.
Wright students are transferring to local institutions such as DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, the School of the Art Institute, and the University of Illinois at Chicago; outside of Chicagoland, destinations include Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Stanford University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Toronto, among many others.
Wright's main campus is in the Dunning neighborhood of Chicago at 4300 North Narragansett Avenue. Wright’s satellite campus is the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center
, 1645 North California Avenue in Chicago.
College to Careers in Information Technology: In-Demand Jobs in High-Growth Industries
In 2012, Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Wright College would serve as City Colleges' College to Careers hub for Information Technology programs to ensure students are prepared for the more than 24,000 jobs in the field coming
to the region over the next decade.
Information Technology associate degree pathways are: Networking & Technology (AAS), Web Development (AAS, AS) and Computer Science (AS).
Through College to Careers, Wright College works with industry experts, partner organizations, and four-year colleges to ensure its programs prepare students for success in the careers of today and tomorrow. Industry partners include Cisco, CompTIA, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Motorola.
Take the first two years of a degree program at Wright College, then transfer to a four-year college or university and save up to $40,000 on your bachelor’s degree. For a list of programs, click here
Specialized courses are available for students who intend to enter immediate employment or upgrade their professional and technical skills. For a list of programs, click here
Free literacy, GED test preparation, and ESL (English as a second language) courses are available - providing a path to improved educational and economic opportunity. For more information, click here
Professional and Personal Development (formerly Continuing Education)
Professional and Personal Development programs are designed to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities. For more information, click here
Wright College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their
path to success, including: Wellness Center, Tutoring Center, Math Center, Writing Center, Online Bookstore, Transfer Center, Career Planning and Placement Center, Veterans Services Center, Disability Access Center, Student Center, and Loaner Laptops, as well workshops, events and activities to help improve your organizational and leadership skills. You'll also find an active student life, including student government, athletics and clubs.
Accreditations and Approvals
AQIP: Wright’s extensive work with the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports City College’s Reinvention Goals and works to build a community centered on student completion.
Addictions Studies: Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA)/ Illinois Certification Board, Inc.
- Accounting, CIS, Management/Marketing: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Occupational Therapy Assistant: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
- Paralegal: American Bar Association (ABA) Approval
- Radiography: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)