Triton College

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Triton College
Triton College seal.png
Type Community college
Established 1964
President Mary-Rita Moore
Students 12,000
Location River Grove, IL, USA
Campus Urban

Triton College is a public community college located in River Grove, Illinois, 12 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. In 1973, Triton was featured in Time Magazine, who referred to it as "a new type of college that is redefining the concept for many Americans..."[1] In 2016, the institution was ranked as the top community college in Illinois and #25 nationally according to the salaries of its graduates.[2]


Junior College District 300 was voted into existence in a referendum in March 1964. In March 1965, a second referendum was passed approving the purchase of an 86 acres (34.8 ha) campus site at Fifth Avenue and Palmer Street in River Grove. The school was named Triton College in recognition of the three high school districts that it encompassed – Elmwood Park, Leyden, and Proviso Township. Triton College opened in September 1965 and held classes at several of the high schools in its district. About 1,200 students were enrolled, and full-time in-district tuition was US$5 per semester hour.

Construction on the permanent campus began in June 1967 with the Technology building and proceeded in phases. With the opening of the Learning Resource Center in 1974, the original campus plan was essentially complete, except for some athletic facilities and the Performing Arts Center, a large auditorium planned for the area now occupied by the soccer field, but never built. The original Cernan Space Center building, located north of the Learning Resource Center, was plagued by latent construction defects, and, after being used for several years, was demolished and replaced by the present building located nearby.

In 1972, another referendum was passed adding Oak Park and River Forest, Riverside Brookfield, and Ridgewood high school districts to the original three, forming Community College District 504. This district was expanded to its current size in 1974 by the addition of Rosemont and Pennoyer school districts. By 1975, enrollment had grown to nearly 20,000, in-district tuition had increased to US$11 per semester hour, and Triton had become the largest single-campus community college in Illinois. The campus was expanded by the acquisition of the North Avenue Drive-In theater, which closed in 1973. This area, designated the "East Campus" and located across Fifth Avenue from the original ("West") campus, was cleared and used mainly for the construction of athletic facilities, as well as a small auditorium as part of the Collins Center.


Triton College sits on a 110 acre campus that features electronic classrooms, labs, sports facilities, a library and bookstore, an art gallery and performing arts center, botanical gardens and greenhouses, culinary arts program restaurant and bistro, and the Cernan Earth and Space Center, which is a public planetarium. Recent renovations include the Health Sciences Building, The Student Center Building, and Symonds-Puckett field.[3]

The campus is also the home of Triton Troupers Circus.

Campus Images[edit]

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Academic Profile[edit]

Triton College facilitates accredited Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, and Associate of Applied Science for transfer and career. The institution also offers English as a second language (ESL) and GED classes. Triton College is a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative and has transfer agreements with universities across the state, such as the University of Illinois. In addition, students can earn bachelor's degrees on Triton's campus from Southern Illinois University, Dominican University, Benedictine University, and others through the University Center. The college also offers the academically rigorous Scholars Program for high achieving incoming freshman.


In 2016, Triton College was ranked the top two-year college in Illinois and among the top in the United States according to salaries of its graduates.[4][5]

Student Life[edit]

Triton College boasts a uniquely diverse majority minority student body with sizable populations of Hispanic/Latino, white, African American, and Asian students. The college is also a Hispanic-serving institution[6]. About 75% of students are from the inner ring Chicago suburbs, while residents of Chicago and other cities, states, and countries make up the other 25%.[7]

Triton students participate in Model UN, Triton Student Association, and many clubs on a variety of interests.[8] Students also participate in the Tritonysia play festival, write and edit the Fifth Avenue Journal, and other artistic endeavors.


Triton competes in NCJAA and is a member of the North Central Community College Conference (NC4). The school mascot is the Trojans. The Men's Basketball team won the NC4 conference in 1979-80, 1980-81, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1990-91 1996-97, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. In addition, they competed in the 1985-86, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2010-11, and 2015-16, and 2016-2017 NCJAA tournaments. [9]

The Trojans Men's Baseball Team competed in the NCJAA World Series in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2000.[10] Former Triton baseball players include MLB Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.

Notable People[edit]

Sundial at the center of the campus


Alumni & Former Students[edit]


  1. ^ "Education: Shelves of Learning". Time. 1973-12-03. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  2. ^ "Best Community Colleges, Career Colleges | PayScale". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. ^ "THE DIG". THE DIG. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  4. ^ mromain (2016-10-06). "Triton Grads Rank Among Nation's Highest Paid, Survey Says". The Village Free Press. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  5. ^ "Best Community Colleges, Career Colleges | PayScale". Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  6. ^ "Triton College - Triton - The College Board". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  7. ^ "Triton College Fact Sheet" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Student Clubs". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  9. ^ "Championship History". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  10. ^ "Championship History". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  11. ^ "Jarvis Brown Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  12. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1989-1990,' Biographical Sketches of Greg Zito and Linda Williamson, pg. 89

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°54′55″N 87°50′35″W / 41.91528°N 87.84306°W / 41.91528; -87.84306