John A. Logan College
TypePublic Community college
Established1967; 57 years ago (1967)
Parent institution
Illinois Community College System
PresidentKirk Overstreet[1]
Students3,272 (Fall 2022)
Location, ,
United States

37°44′52″N 89°05′20″W / 37.74778°N 89.08889°W / 37.74778; -89.08889
Sporting affiliations
NJCAA Division I
Great Rivers Athletic Conference

John A. Logan College is a public community college in Carterville, Illinois. It is part of the Illinois Community College System. As of 2022, it had a total enrollment of 3,272 students.


John A. Logan College was established in 1967 under the Illinois Junior College Act of 1965, enrolled its first students in the fall of 1968, and acquired its permanent campus in 1969.[2] The college is named for John A. Logan, a Civil War general who also, before and after the war, represented Illinois in the United States Congress as a member of both the House before the war, and Senate, after the war.[3]


The college offers career preparation programs and two-year college transfer curriculum. Logan's transfer curriculum is articulated with Illinois' four-year universities.[4] Online offerings include noncredit courses on topics not normally found in the higher education curriculum.[5]

The college has been accredited since 1972 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[2][6][7] In 2008, the Higher Learning Commission approved it to offer an online Associate of Arts degree.[6]

Under its open admissions policy, the college admits students who have graduated from an accredited high school, completed the GED, or are at least 18 years old. Applicants who have not graduated from high school must submit evidence of their ability to do college-level work.[8]


Intercollegiate team sports offerings include baseball (men's), basketball (men's and women's), golf (men's and women's), softball (women's), and volleyball (women's). College teams compete in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college mascot is the "Volunteers."[9] usually shortened to "Vols".

John A. Logan College Museum

The John A. Logan College Museum on the college campus provides exhibits and educational programs focused on southern Illinois, including its visual arts, cultural heritage, and natural history.[10] A special feature of the museum is the Purdy School, a one-room schoolhouse from southern Perry County, Illinois, that served as a public school from around 1860 until 1951 and was moved to the campus in 1983.[11] The museum also displays works by regional artists and crafts persons, ethnic textiles, and prints by Salvador Dalí.[12]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "John A. Logan College Names Dr. Kirk Overstreet President". John A. Logan College. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b John A Logan College Overview, Community College Review website, accessed January 26, 2009
  3. ^ A Brief Biography of John A. Logan Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine, John A. Logan College website, accessed January 26, 2009
  4. ^ "Home".
  5. ^ John A. Logan College Attracts Distance-Education Students With Offbeat Courses, The Chronicle of Higher Education, accessed January 26, 2009
  6. ^ a b "Accreditation".
  7. ^ "Higher Learning Commission". Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  8. ^ "John A. Logan College Admissions, Getting Started". Archived from the original on 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  9. ^ John A. Logan College Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine, NJCAA website, accessed January 26, 2009
  10. ^ "Museum - John A. Logan College". Archived from the original on 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  11. ^ Purdy School History Archived 2006-09-25 at the Wayback Machine, John A. Logan College website, accessed January 26, 2009
  12. ^ John A. Logan College Museum and Art Galleries, Artcom website, accessed January 26, 2009
  13. ^ "Mature Gouard keys USI bid for top". The Courier-Journal. March 22, 1995. p. 127. Retrieved April 11, 2020 – via Open access icon
  14. ^ "John A. Logan College Baseball" (PDF). Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Logan's Scrubb suspended indefinitely". The Southern Illinoisan. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2019.