Truman College
Former names
Mayfair College
Motto"Education that Works"
TypeCommunity college
Established1956; 68 years ago (1956)
AffiliationCity Colleges of Chicago
ChancellorJuan Salgado
PresidentShawn Jackson
Academic staff
64 (Full-time)
194 (Part-time)[1]
Students5,186 (all undergraduate)Spring 2022[1]>
1145 W. Wilson Avenue
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United States

Harry S Truman College or Truman College, formerly called Mayfair College, is a part of City Colleges of Chicago. It offers multiple 2-year associate degrees, as well as occupational training in a number of fields. Located at 1145 West Wilson Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood, the school was named in honor of Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. President and a proponent of public colleges and universities.[2] Truman is the largest of the City Colleges of Chicago with a yearly enrollment of over 23,000 students, and has the largest English as a second language and GED program in Illinois.


Amundsen High School hosted a night school offering two-year college programming for the North Side of Chicago in 1956. This was the result of community outcry for a two-year college for the economically ailing community areas north of downtown Chicago. Interested in a more permanent situation for the program, community leaders acquired a former elementary school campus in 1961 and enrolled 4,000 students in day and night classes. Further growth led to the construction of its present campus on West Wilson Avenue, opening its doors in 1976, naming the school after U.S. President Truman.[2] In 2014, Truman College was named City Colleges of Chicago's hub for education, human and natural sciences. The designation makes Truman College the final City College to have a College to Careers focus. College to Careers is an initiative to partner the colleges with industry leaders in high-growth fields to address the skills gap in Chicago's workforce. The city of Chicago expects nearly 40,000 job openings in education in the Chicago area over the next decade. This includes positions in child development and teaching subjects including foreign languages, special education, math and sciences.[3]


Harry S Truman College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Office of Education Department of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Truman College is also approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois State Board of Education.[4] Truman's Nursing Program is accredited by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Automotive Technology Program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians' Education Foundation, Inc./Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF). The Cosmetology program is accredited by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. The Social Science Child Development Program has received NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation..

Truman College offers credit classes towards the Associate's degree: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate in Fine Arts. The school also hosts adult education programs, English as a Second Language curriculum, as well as the General Educational Development program towards the equivalent of a high school diploma. Continuing Education courses for professionals are offered at Truman College.[5]


Harry S Truman College offers many associate degree programs for students seeking direct entry into a career and those seeking to transfer to a school offering a bachelor's degree.[6] Many vocational certificates are also offered.

Northeastern Illinois University partnership

In response to the shortage of math and science teachers in Illinois, Truman College partnered with Northeastern Illinois University to offer the opportunity of studying towards an Associate of Arts in a teacher preparation program on the Truman College campus.[7]

Pop culture

Truman College was featured in the 2002 Academy Award nominated romantic comedy film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding written by and starring Nia Vardalos, but the scene was not filmed there. In Season 1 of the NBC television drama Chicago Fire, Leon Cruz (played by Jeff Lima) enrolls at Truman College. In Tracy Letts' play "Superior Donuts" the character Franco attends Truman College.


  1. ^ a b "College Navigator - City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College".
  2. ^ a b "City Colleges of Chicago - History". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ Emmanuel, Adeshina (2014-06-18). "Truman College to Become 'Hub' for Training Future Teachers and Caregivers". DNA Info. Archived from the original on 2014-11-12.
  4. ^ "City Colleges of Chicago - Accreditation". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "City Colleges of Chicago - Professional and Personal Development (Continuing Education)". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ "City Colleges of Chicago - Home". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  7. ^ "City Colleges of Chicago - Articulation & Transfer". Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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