Black Hawk College

6600-34th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265-5899

School Details

Black Hawk College supports a variety of eLearning options, including an Associate of Arts degree and an Associates of Science degree, in addition to more than 200 courses offered in conjunction with Education to Go.


Distance learning options include: online and hybrid courses, in addition to telecourse delivery, and Interactive Television. All coursework for the associate’s degrees can be completed online, except for Speech 101, which requires three speeches to be delivered before a live audience of an instructor and peer group. Students must complete 64 credit hours to earn an associate’s degree. Black Hawk College maintains an open admissions policy.

The eLearning environment at Black Hawk typically mirrors that of traditional on-campus counterparts, with structured content, assignments and deadlines, and communications with faculty and peers. Classes are asynchronous, but are not usually self-paced. While most work is completed online, students may need to take proctored exams. Hybrid class environments at Black Hawk operate much like that of online coursework, with the exception that students must also attend face-to-face sessions. 


The school was founded in 1946 as Moline Community College, where classes were first held in the local high school for the benefit of World War II veterans. Today, Black Hawk College is a two-year, public community college within the Illinois Community College District that serves nine counties in northwestern Illinois, and includes the following five locations:

  • Quad-Cities Campus in Moline, Illinois (main campus)
  • East Campus in Kewanee, Illinois
  • Outreach Center in East Moline, Illinois
  • Adult Learning Center in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Community Education Center in Kewanee, Illinois

In addition to the college’s distance education programs, Black Hawk College offers over 140 programs of study, which include career, certificate, and transfer options. Black Hawk also supports community outreach programs. The school’s mission states: “Black Hawk College enriches the community by providing the environment and educational resources for individuals to become lifelong learners.”

Academic departments include: Allied Health and HPE; Agriculture; Business, Computer Applications and Office Technology; Communication and Fine Arts; Engineering, Computer and Apprenticeship Technologies; Psychology, Sociology & Education; Humanities, Languages and Journalism; Liberal Arts and Science; Mathematics; Natural Sciences and Engineering; Nursing Programs; and Social Sciences.


Students will need to complete the FAFSA using Black Hawk College’s federal school code:  001638, in order to be eligible for federal and state financial aid programs. The following aid is available at Black Hawk:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program (MAP)
  • More than 200 scholarship opportunities through the Black Hawk Foundations (two foundations) 
  • Federal student loan programs
  • Federal Work Study

Veterans and military personnel may also qualify for financial assistance through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill (Chapters 30, 1606, 1607, and 35), Illinois State Guard (NG) and (IVG), and the Illinois POW/MIA Grant.


Black Hawk College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the college retains program-specific accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; and the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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