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About Crystal Lake

Columbia College of Missouri-Crystal Lake was established in 1989, and relocated to its current location in 2008. The location offers four high-tech classrooms, a student lounge, a Cougar Lab/multipurpose room, qualified academic advisors and faculty and wireless access.

The Crystal Lake location provides a unique educational opportunity to working adults through its degree offerings and eight-week course format. As part of a network of locations across the country and a robust online program, the college offers convenient courses to civilians as well as military adult learners.

Columbia College of Missouri-Crystal Lake has an agreement with both McHenry County College and Harper College, which allows a seamless transition from an associate to a bachelor’s degree program.

More than 500 students each year take a mix of in-seat and online classes.

Campus history

Columbia College-Crystal Lake was established in 1989 at McHenry County College, and in 2000, moved to the University Center near downtown Crystal Lake. The campus relocated to its current home at 446 N. Rte. 31 in 2008.

Community information

We know there's more to life than studying. When you're ready to take a break from the books, you'll find plenty of recreational, cultural and sports opportunities.

One of the fastest growing counties in Illinois, McHenry County is rapidly changing from a rural economy to one based on service and industry. The McHenry County Conservation District, the first conservation district in Illinois, preserves large tracts of hardwood forests, rolling hills, glacial moraines, prairies and savannas.

The county is crossed from north to south by a paved bicycle trail, and miles of hiking and skiing trails are maintained for recreational use. Moraine Hills State Park offers a fishing and bird habitat, and the Windy City Balloon Port in Fox River Grove provides a ski jump training facility, as well as balloon rides. The Fox River flows through the east part of the county, providing boating and skimobile options, while the beautiful and pristine Kishwaukee River offers a haven to canoeing enthusiasts in the northwest portion of the county.

McHenry County's cultural center is in the town of Woodstock. The historic Courthouse Gallery, Opera House and outdoor musical events are features of the picturesque town square, which has been the location for the filming of several major motion pictures. The Crystal Lake area is graced by an active arts community, several arts organizations, dance studios and music centers.

For more information about community activities, consult the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Web site.


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