An Introduction to Colleges & Universities in Schaumburg

by Doug Schmitt
An Introduction to Colleges & Universities in Schaumburg

Schaumburg, a suburban community near Chicago, is located in Cook County, Illinois. Its history dates back to the 1800s, when settlers first began to emigrate from Germany to the eastern United States. Settled by Johann Sunderlage, who was a member of a survey team that mapped Cook County into townships around 1833, Schaumburg was originally called Sarah's Grove. Several names were considered before the town was officially named in 1851.

Schaumburg's northern location provides the variance of four seasons throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 25° F during scenic winters to over 80° F during idyllic summers. Its resident population of almost 76,000 enjoys local attractions for arts, entertainment, and dining. Featuring more than 125 restaurants, it also offers such sights and experiences as Medieval Times, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Prairie Center for the Arts. Schaumburg has developed into the retail hub for Chicago's northwest suburbs, featuring one of the largest enclosed shopping malls in the United States, the Woodfield Shopping Center. With over 280 stores and restaurants, the mall has more than 2.7 million square feet that annually draws thousands of patrons into the area.

Unlike most suburban communities, Schaumburg's urban ambiance, along with careful planning and managed development, makes it a desirable business location. It is the largest center of economic development in Illinois, aside from Chicago. Having a daytime population of 150,000 along with thousands of businesses, a highly educated workforce, excellent location, and superior quality of life, Schaumburg is called "The Place for Business" in northwest Illinois.

According to recent statistics, there are about 52,141 people over the age of 25 in Schaumburg. Of these, 27.7% hold only a high school diploma; an additional 29.8% have an associate's degree or some college; 26.6% of the population holds a bachelor's degree; and 12.3% have a master's, professional or doctorate degree.

Going to School in Schaumburg

Schaumburg has three private universities and seven technical/professional schools:

Private Colleges & Universities

Professional Schools

Selecting a school and program in Schaumburg may or may not be an easy task for the prospective student. Students will find quite a variety of programs to choose from within the educational institutions of Schaumburg. Some programs offered are as follows but not limited to:

Biological Science, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Economics, History, Actuarial Science, Political Science, Public Administration, Accounting, Finance and Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Risk Management and Insurance, and Performing Arts.

With so many options, how does one begin the process of choosing? "Schaumburg has everything from a small airport to a professional ballpark," says Matt Frank, economic development coordinator for the Village of Schaumburg.

"There's a lot to do and learn, along with several companies to provide employment opportunities for students. We have several schools that work with industry to train students for these opportunities."

"Retail is Schaumburg's strong suit," Frank comments. "We have the Woodfield Mall that has been here since the 1970s, and overall, 9.5 million square feet for retail space."

However, Schaumburg has more to offer than retail. "We also have more than 12 million square feet of office space and 13.5 million square feet of industrial space," says Frank. With that space comes large companies from other business sectors. "We have telecommunications companies like Motorola and Cellular One, insurance companies like Zurich-American, as well as a variety of small businesses such as software consultants. IBM has an office here, too."

A student may also want to consider their interests and strengths in making a career decision. "Ask yourself what's your interest and direction," says Lisa Burris, associate director of career services at Roosevelt University - Schaumburg. "What interests me, what am I good at?"

As well, students are advised to do research before making a decision. "Learn about professions before making a career decision," Burris comments. "Do what you like to do and you'll be more successful. You spend more waking hours at work than at home. That's a quality of life issue that you need to consider when choosing a career."

Costs

Tuition in Schaumburg varies depending on which institution of higher learning the student may choose to attend. The following are some examples of annual tuition rates:

Private Universities

  • Roosevelt University - $14,180 full time

Public Universities

  • Argosy University - $400 per credit hour

Technical/Professional Schools

  • The Illinois Institute of Art - $68,400 (based on a 12 quarter program)
  • International Academy of Design and Technology - $19,600 full-time; $1300 per course, part-time

Students should be sure to investigate costs that go beyond the base tuition rates, which are represented above. Additional fees might include housing and meal plans, textbooks, lab fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Financial Aid

While undertaking the financial obligation of an education can seem daunting, loans, grants, and scholarships can help ease the burden. The federal government offers several loans and grants to students, including the Stafford, Perkins, and Plus loans, as well as Pell grants. All students, regardless of financial need, are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA. This form is used to consider a student's eligibility for aid at federal, state, and often, school levels.

Residents of Illinois are also eligible for state grants, such as the Illinois Monetary Award Program, or MAP. A number of other grants administered by the state are detailed at CollegeZone.com.

Students should also look into scholarships, which, like grants, never have to be repaid. Local scholarships include:

* The number of scholarships made through these programs, as well as the individual dollar amount awarded, are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.
** Visit websites for specific information.

Internships

Internships are great opportunities for students. Not only do they help a student to get a feel for their chosen career, they also provide valuable experience that employers look for, and they also offer a student hands-on education that general is not gained during traditional classroom instruction.

Schaumburg companies such as Motorola and Zurich-American Insurance offer student internships in a variety of areas including sales and marketing, human resources, broadband communications, wireless communications, design and manufacturing technologies, and imaging technologies.

Employment in Schaumburg

Institutions of higher education in Schaumburg offer both traditional job placement and on-campus recruitment through career fairs and seminars. Roosevelt University provides an excellent example of this. "We are a full service career center. We have a placement program utilizing a resume referral service through e-recruiting, which many universities use," says Lisa Burris.

Many companies in Schaumburg present themselves to students through on-campus career fairs as well. "We do job fairs too, which is a great way to seek employment and network. On campus recruiting takes place as well," Burris continues. "We also have a lot of placement from internships due to the need of practical experience when entering an industry."

Summary

A vibrant area with lots of educational, employment, and recreational resources, Schaumburg is an ideal place for any student to pursue higher educational interests.

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