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Prairie State College Demographics & Diversity

Chicago Heights, Illinois

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Prairie State College are mainly Black with a sizeable White population. The school has high racial diversity. 79% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Prairie State College is designated as a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and receives federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve low and middle-income Black Americans.

Racial demographics of Prairie State College students
Race Percent of Students
White 21%
Black 58%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 0%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 0%
Race Unknown 4%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 97% more female students than male students enrolled at Prairie State College with a gender ratio of 66% women to 34% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Prairie State College has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Prairie State College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 34%
Women 66%
Enrollment by gender for Prairie State College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 915
Women 1,801

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Prairie State College serves a very low number of students outside of Illinois, with 96 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Prairie State College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 96%
Out of State 3%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$67,449 per year

65% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 40.8%
Part time Undergrads 62.4%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=148007 IPEDS survey data for Prairie State College.