Illinois contains eleven schools that offer catering programs. The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, the highest-ranking catering school in IL, has a total student population of 2,990 and is the 3404th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 11 catering schools in Illinois, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($28,726/yr), with Joliet Junior College as the lowest recorded at only $4,130/yr.
Catering students from Illinois schools who go on to become caterers, professional caterers, food service managers, food service directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 11,218,260 people working as food preparation and serving related employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,880. Also, Meeting and convention planners make on average $48,060 per year and there are about 51,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Illinois alone, there are 3,320 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average yearly salary of $51,750. Food preparation and serving related employees in this state earn $20,930/yr and there are 447,290 employed.
Also, within the catering schools in Illinois, the average student population is 3,360 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from catering, there are 7983 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,830 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $7,282, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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