St. Augustine College is the first bilingual institution of higher education in Illinois. It was founded on 7 October 1980, under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. The founding of a college was the culmination of ten years of work by Spanish Episcopal Services and Father Carlos A. Plazas, Ph.D.
The college currently has roughly 1,400 students attending the school. St. Augustine College offers 14 degree programs at both the associates and bachelors level. The approximate tuition rate for St. Augustine is $8,100 per academic year.