A dynamic institution focused on student learning and completion
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.
Following City Colleges’ five-year strategic plan released in the summer of 2013, Wright exceeded or met 10 of its 12 goals on the FY2013 Scorecard, including graduation rate, retention and degrees, and certificates awarded.Completion rates have increased 75 percent since 2010. Looking to 2018, we project doubling the number of degrees and credentials of economic value awarded since 2010.
More evidence of success is reflected in the numbers of students transferring and finding jobs. In FY2013, 56 percent of students found jobs in their areas of training. In FY2013, 43 percent of credit students transferred to a four-year institution within two years of completing their degree.
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
Continuing Education 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)