Kendall College has a rich history in providing affordable and accessible education. Originally founded as the Evanston Collegiate Institute in Evanston, Illinois during the height of the Great Depression, the Institute served as a junior college to those who could not afford to attend college. At that time, Evanston Collegiate Institute hosted a “distinctive work-study” program that allowed students to work while they completed their first two years of college study. Today, Kendall College is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of Laureate International Universities. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The mission of Kendall College distance learning is to help students turn their passions into rewards careers. As such, Kendall College is a for-profit institution of higher learning with 2 and 4-year professional degrees such as Business, Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Management, and Culinary Arts. Associate’s degrees include the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts and in Baking and Pastry. Bachelor’s degrees include the Bachelor of Arts in Business, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and Early Childhood Education with our without Illinois Type 04 Teacher Certification Preparation. The Business Degree allows students to chose from one of the following concentrations: Psychology, Management, Small Business Management, Food Service Management, and areas of Culinary Arts. The BA in Hospitality Management allows students to choose from one of many relevant concentrations, such as: Hotel and Lodging Management, Restaurant and Food Service Management, Event and Meeting Management, Asset Management, Club Management, Casino Management, and Sports and Leisure Management.
Kendall College takes a unique approach to distance learning, in that it employs a blended distance learning approach. This distance learning method allows students to take classes both online and on campus. However, not all degrees are available through distance learning. The BA degrees in Business, Education, and Hospitality Management are the only programs offered through distance learning. The BA in Education can be obtained 100% online, on-campus or through blended distance learning. The BA degrees in Business and Hospitality Management are only available through blended distance learning, and the courses for the Culinary Arts concentration of the Business degree must be taken on campus.
True to Kendall’s roots of serving busy working professionals, on-campus classes are held on Saturdays so that students can better balance working and going to school. Kendall College utilizes the quarter system, with students taking courses for 8 week terms during the semester Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter quarters. Students take 2 classes per quarter, with on-campus classes meeting 4 Saturdays per quarter. Saturday classes provide students with a low-stress commute and ample on-campus parking compared to weeknight courses.
Tuition and fees vary depending on the program and range between $210 and $600 per credit hour for part-time students and between $4500 and $7400 per quarter for full-time students. Kendall College is a great value with a student body of approximately 2,000 students, a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1, and courses taught by experienced professionals.