The University Center aspires to be recognized throughout the region as a leader in transforming lives, developing talent and creating success through innovative and responsive approaches to higher education—emphasizing accessibility, flexibility, and choice.
The University Center, a consortium-based center, provides high-quality educational opportunities for the residents, workers, and employers of the Lake County region.
The University Center comprises of both public and private universities providing
a variety of academic programs to help our residents best prepare for their current or future careers. We provide over one hundred majors for students to choose from among bachelor degrees, graduate certificates, including teacher endorsements, and professional development courses. Our programs prepare our students in areas such as Business, Computer Science/Information Systems, Education, Engineering, Health Care & Human Services, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Technology.
Students apply to and graduate from an individual college or university who offer fully-accredited degrees where academic standards and quality are rigorously maintained by the faculty of each institution.
Flexibility is key therefore, classes are scheduled in a variety of delivery formats that appeal to adult learners: evenings or weekends; face-to-face, online, or hybrid; vary in duration by semester (16 weeks), quarter (10 weeks), or quad (6-, 7-, 8-weeks).
This three-story building includes classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, computer labs, several interactive video classrooms and cafe. Our conference wing includes a 100 seat lecture hall with interactive video capabilities, a multi-purpose room that can be subdivided into three classrooms adjacent to a catering kitchen, and an executive conference room.
In March of 2006, the University Center of Lake County received the Thomas H. Madigan Award for Outstanding New Construction.
In April of 2007, the University Center was honored with a “Gold Award” from the Illinois/Indiana Masonry Council’s Excellence in Masonry competition. This was one of only two such awards given to a pool of 100 candidates.