Kendall College

Kendall College

Kendall College

Kendall College is a private for-profit college located in Chicago, Illinois. It offers programs in specialized areas with a strong focus on comprehensive learning that promotes academic, professional, and personal success. Its mission is to provide rigorous learning experiences to enhance students’ passions into meaningful and rewarding careers. It focuses on an excellent academic environment that is student-centered and supportive to inspire the creativity of students and prepare them for responsible global citizenship and social stewardship. The programs implement innovation, creativity, and service excellence and all faculty and staff are committed to student success. The programs are also career-focused and taught by instructors who are experienced practitioners in their fields.

Kendall College offers flexible learning options to meet the needs of busy students. The School of Education’s Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program enables students to study online or a hybrid of both campus-based and online instruction. The online courses are delivered via the Blackboard course management system in an asynchronous format to enable students to log-in to the virtual classroom at anytime. The virtual classroom includes course materials, threaded discussions, online grade book, and assignment drop box. The School of Business and School of Hospitality Management also offers a blended online/Saturday class format where students complete online coursework and meet on-campus on Saturdays. Students enrolled in online programs have access to free tutoring, test-taking and time management support, and career assistance services such as resume preparation and networking opportunities.

Kendall College was founded in 1934 as the Evanston Collegiate Institute. In 1950, the institute changed its name to Kendall College in honor of the late Curtis P. Kendall and family who provided financial support to the college. During the late 1970s Kendall offered select two-year degree programs and the first two years of a liberal arts education for students seeking to transfer to other schools to earn a bachelor’s degree. The college added four-year degree programs in 1977 and gained full accreditation as an entity granting bachelor’s degrees in 1979. Since the 1970s, the college has continuously added new programs and schools of education. Today, it enrolls over 2,500 students and is a subsidiary of Laureate International Universities, which is a global network of over 55 accredited campus-based and online schools that offers undergraduate and graduate programs to over 600,000 students worldwide.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Kendall College.

Schools of Education

School of Business: committed to transforming students into internationally mindful decision makers who are ready for employment and prepared for future leadership positions. Offers bachelor’s degrees in business and food service management.

School of Culinary Arts: prepares students for meaningful careers and leadership positions in the food service industry by providing a comprehensive and current understanding of the industry and promoting strong professional skill development. Offers certificate, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, professional cookery, and personal chef.

School of Education: dedicated to preparing future educators with the necessary knowledge, abilities, and character to become excellent professionals who work in diverse settings and employ the best educational practices to meet the needs of all learners. Offers bachelor’s degree programs in early childhood education and a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program.

School of Hospitality Management: provides programs that combine theoretical and experiential learning to prepare individuals to become future leaders of the global hospitality industry. Offers bachelor’s degree programs in hospitality management with concentrations in various areas such as hotel and lodging management, restaurant and food service management, and casino management. Also offers a certificate program in international hospitality management.

Scholarships Offered

Kendall College offers a few scholarships such as the Charitable Trust Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Kendall Merit Scholarships, and Fontera Scholarship. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships from outside sources such as the Gateways Scholarship Program, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, The Culinary Trust, and United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.

Financing Options

Kendall College participates in many different financial aid programs such as the Illinois Incentive for Access Grant, Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Merit Recognition Scholarship, Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Parent PLUS Loan, and alternative loans. It also offers a payment plan option.

Credit Earning Options

Kendall College grants credits for previously completed coursework at another accredited institution of higher learning. All courses must have a grade of a C or better. The college also accepts transfer credits earned from Advancement Placement (AP) tests, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DSST examination. Credit is assessed by desired degree program and only applicable credits will be accepted. The total amount of transfer credit cannot exceed the necessary residency requirements for a particular degree program. Students are required to submit official transcripts and other supporting documents such as examination scores and course descriptions.

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