About University Center

Welcome from the Executive Director

Pursue Your Dreams Right Here in Lake County


On behalf of our entire staff and faculty, I would like to welcome your interest in the University Center of Lake County. Established in 1997, University Center is a consortium-based center that provides high quality educational opportunities for the residents, workers, and employers of the Lake County region.  The Center is dedicated to the ideals expressed in the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s “Public Agenda for College and Career Success,” and particularly to its vision of Illinois as a state “where all residents have affordable access to high-quality educational opportunities that prepare them for the jobs of the present and the future.”

Currently, 18 fine public and private institutions offer more than 130 degree, certificate, and professional development opportunities. These include programs in the fields of business, computer science/information systems, education, engineering, GIS/location intelligence, health care and human services, legal studies, liberal arts and sciences, and training and development.  Students apply to and graduate from an individual college or university offering fully accredited degrees.

Convenient and flexible class schedules allow students to pursue their education at night, on weekends, at different Lake County locations and through distance learning options.  This academic schedule also allows the University Center’s state-of-the-art classroom facility to double as a Conference Center during the day.

We encourage you to explore this website and to look through our course offerings and descriptions of our services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (847) 665-4000 or click on the Contact link above.

Again, thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you at University Center of Lake County very soon.


Joel Williams
Executive Director