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MacCormac College: More than 110 Years of Leading in Education

MacCormac College possesses a robust, defined history, including many dates of distinction that mark the College’s progression and solidify its place as a competitive, private, not-for- profit, two-year College. The rich history of MacCormac draws many students, in combination with its exemplary program offerings.

1904: MacCormac College opens its doors in Hyde Park, Illinois, under the leadership and vision of Dr.Morton MacCormac, its founding president.

1912: MacCormac leads the nation by becoming the first institution of higher learning to offer a Court Reporting degree.

1973: Again with an eye toward innovation, MacCormac establishes the first Paralegal Studies program in the state of Illinois.

1976: To better serve Chicagoland’s western suburban marketplace, MacCormac expands to open a campus in Berkeley, Illinois.

1979: The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredits MacCormac College, ensuring that the College meets or exceeds the learning, educational and professional standards set forth by commission.

1983: MacCormac’s Berkeley campus moves to larger, more modern quarters in Elmhurst, Illinois.

2000: Leaving its roots in the Hyde Park community, MacCormac relocates its headquarters to the historically significant Heyworth Building located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

2004: MacCormac celebrates its 100th anniversary of growth and excellence in preparing students for productive careers in the business world.

2005: MacCormac is reaccredited for another 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

2010: MacCormac receives the Independent Colleges Capital Program grant, for use on campus expansion and upgrades designed to further enhance the student learning experience.

2011: The day and night Court Reporting program at MacCormac is approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) for five years, showing an outstanding education in Court Reporting at the College.

2011: MacCormac’s first endowment fund is established, a significant legacy achievement that strengthens the College’s foundation for the future.

2012: The Court Reporting program celebrates 100 years of preparing students for service excellence to the legal profession.

2012: MacCormac launches new associates degree programs in Criminal Justice and Entrepreneurial Studies.

2013: MacCormac’s Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

2013: MacCormac unveils Learn 2 Laugh, its first institution-wide fundraiser and a productive evening of mirth, merry-making, and awareness building.

2013: Utilizing opportunities made available by technology, MacCormac offers its first online courses.

2014: The unparalleled and first of its kind Center for Academic Personal and Professional Excellence (CAPPE) opens on campus as a student-centered learning center.

2015: MacCormac is reaccredited for another 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

2015: MacCormac opens a new office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analysis (IRAA) on campus.

2016: MacCormac launches its new website.

2018: MacCormac College offers its first fully Online Business Administration Program.

2019: MacCormac College offers its first fully Online Criminal Justice and Online Court Reporting Programs.