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River Oaks Campus

80 River Oaks Center, Suite 111
Calumet City, IL 60409
Local: 1-708-832-1988
Toll Free: 1-888-549-4960

Westwood College – River Oaks Campus is conveniently located adjacent to the River Oaks Mall in Calumet City, Illinois, the economic hub of Chicago's far south suburbs. The campus is easily accessible to both Illinois and Indiana residents via numerous major highways.

Encompassing 50,000 square feet, the campus has 31 labs and classrooms, plus a Student Resource Center. A family atmosphere promotes student empowerment and successful college careers.

It's a short walk to the River Oaks Mall with its four major department stores, numerous other shopping establishments and a food court. In addition to shopping, the mall offers potential part-time employment for qualified students.

Westwood River Oaks Campus is a great place to gain a career-focused education in a convenient location.

  • Programs

    School of Technology

    School of Healthcare

    School of Business

    School of Design

    School of Justice

    Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus for current program offerings.

    Download the Illinois Course Catalog for a detailed description of our degree programs.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Maps & Transportation


    Driving Directions:
    The campus is easily accessible from Interstate 90 (Dan Ryan/Bishop Ford Expressway) exit 159th street east and from Interstate 80/94 (Frank Bormann Expressway), exiting at Torrence North.

    Public Transportation:
    Bus service Route 364 (River Oaks - Orlando Square) delivers students within 200 steps of the campus.

  • Campus Life

    The Westwood College - Rivers Oaks Campus in Chicago has a number of amenities to help students throughout their courses of study. Among them:*

    • Personal academic advisors
    • PC and Macintosh computer laboratories
    • Two fully equipped Medical Assisting laboratories
    • Student commons area and easy access to the food court
    • Private room for tutoring and group projects
    • Secured access to classroom and laboratory facilities
    • Weekly personal-success coaching sessions for new students
    • Honor society recognizing academic achievement
    • Honors and perfect attendance boards
    • Ample parking
    • Digital and hard-copy library resources including a quiet computer-only resource annex

    Students also benefit from our cooperation with the suburban Inter-Library Loan Consortium and Illinet.

    The River Oaks Campus also hosts a number of activities and awards programs to enhance student life. For example, each term students who achieve high academic standards participate in an honors lunch or dinner and are recognized on a board posted in the hallway. In addition, graduation commencement exercises are conducted twice a year at Navy Pier, plus the campus sponsors frequent program-specific speakers, job fairs and numerous other student-centered activities.

    *More information on student activities can be found in the student services section of the course catalogs

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.
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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Chicago River Oaks Campus graduates for careers with employers such as:

    • Advocate South Suburban Hospital
    • Bank of America
    • Campagna Academy
    • Caterpillar
    • Coleman Development Corporation
    • Comcast
    • Dental Dreams
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Marquette Bank
    • Olive Harvey College
    • Riverdale Resource Center
    • Rush University Medical Center
    • Sacred Heart Hospital
    • Salvation Army Corrections Center
    • United States Postal Service

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
  • Faculty Bios

    Westwood takes great pride in its faculty and their accomplishments, employing educators who bring years of practical industry and academic experience to the classroom. They are dedicated to giving students the hands-on experience, real-world preparation, and one-on-one attention required to succeed in today’s competitive career environment. Meet some of our faculty by visiting our faculty spotlight page and selecting your campus or field of interest.
  • News

    Read about the most recent happenings on Facebook, see what we've been tweeting about or check out our College and Career blog for interesting resources. Our most recent news stories are listed right here:

    Westwood College graduate is one of five students nationwide to receive APSCU’s GREAT award

    Guillermo De La Riva was selected from more than 180 nominations for the 2014 award.


    Westwood College introduces new scholarship and reward program

    100% of Westwood College students eligible for at least one of 11 institutional scholarships or rewards.


    Westwood College's national "Good Works" service program raises $25,000 for community groups

    Faculty and staff from Westwood College recently hit the streets on a mission to do "Good Works" by helping more than 38 local community organizations throughout the U.S.


    Westwood College launches national "Good Works" community service program

    Month-long program to raise up to $25,000 in donations, serve 5,000 volunteer hours.


    Members of congress welcome Westwood College during Hill Day

    Westwood students visit U.S. Capital offices and discuss the face of career colleges.


    Westwood College takes on larger role in strategic direction of private sector colleges

    Committee appointments by Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities reinforce partnership between college and trade organization


    Westwood College students create a path to job success in a challenging economy

    Eric Lovett named 2012 recipient of the $10,000 Platinum PATH Scholarship.


    Westwood College donates $10,000 to A Better Chicago in honor of 2012 Westwood Success program

    Program recognizes 100 Westwood College alumni, including 18 from Chicagoland, for completing degrees and finding fulfilling careers despite personal challenges.


    Westwood College announces graduate success stories

    Alumni recognized for completing degrees and using hands-on skills to find fulfilling careers despite personal and economic challenges.


    Westwood College staff volunteers more than 400 hours in support of ACICS Centennial We SERVE Community Service Week

    Central Administration staff donated time to Food Bank of the Rockies, Junior Achievement and others.


    Westwood College River Oaks Campus celebrates black history month; congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. shared historical perspective with students

    Students from Westwood College - River Oaks campus wrapped up a month-long recognition of Black History Month with a visit from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. On Feb. 21, Jackson met with approximately 75 students as well as faculty and staff to provide a historical perspective of how African Americans have impacted the history of the United States from the Revolutionary War to present.


    Westwood College suggests looking beyond the course catalog when considering colleges

    Offering hands-on experience and access to industry leaders can prove to be invaluable to a student's education and eventual job search.


    Alta Colleges Inc. named to 2011 CIO 100 list

    CIO magazine’s 24th annual CIO 100 awards recognize IT excellence


    Westwood College introduces Employment Pledge

    Reinforces commitment to preparing students for future careers.


    Alta College honors top educators through excellence in education awards

    Alta College, Inc., the parent company of Westwood College and Redstone College, announced today the winners of its annual Excellence in Education Awards. With these awards, three top educators are nationally recognized for their outstanding achievements and dedication to excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.


    Westwood College Partners with Employers to Enrich Opportunities for Students and Graduates

    Employers provide guidance through Program Advisory Committees


    Westwood College Announces the 2011 PATH to Success Scholarship Program

    Westwood College is proud to announce the 2011 PATH to Success Scholarships which honors the vision and commitment of Westwood students. The purpose of this scholarship is to reward students who are taking control of their future through dedicated career planning and action.


    Westwood College announces the Westwood 100

    Denver, Feb. 11, 2011 – Westwood College is pleased to announce the Westwood 100, Volume 1 – a collection of personal success stories from 100 Westwood College alumni. These Westwood 100 graduates proudly tell their stories of how they have transformed their lives and found a fulfilling career by obtaining their college degree.


    Westwood College offers tuition-free alumni retraining to graduates

    School’s mission is to encourage lifelong learning.


    Congratulations to 2010 PATH to Success Scholarships Winners!

    Thanks to the more than 325 Westwood students who participated in the 2010 PATH to Success Scholarships competition. The focus of the annual scholastic award program is to reward students who are self-motivated, have a career plan and are taking steps to get a job in their field after college.


    Westwood College Takes Immediate, Decisive Actions Following Senate Committee Hearing and GAO Investigation

    Chief executive drives college to be a leader in the private-sector college industry by implementing new initiatives on compliance, transparency and the student experience.


    Westwood College Students More Satisfied than Others Reports 2010 Noel-Levitz Survey

    Westwood College today announced that its students are more satisfied with their college experience than their counterparts in a comparison group of almost 125 private four‐year colleges and universities. The independent student survey was performed by Noel‐Levitz, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in higher education research and strategic planning.


    2009 Excellence in Education Awards: Honoring Our Outstanding Educators

    Members of the Alta senior leadership team, campus presidents, deans and honorees gathered for a special ceremony in Denver on April 22 to recognize outstanding faculty members for their dedication to excellence. Our annual Excellence in Education awards honors top educators both at the campus and the national level in six categories: Community Service, Committee Service, Program Leadership, Faculty of the Year, Provost and Dean of the Year. Our winners embody the vision of the ideal educator, one who adds value through contributions not only to students, but also to the campus, the entire institution and the community.


    Westwood College faculty member named Purdue University Calumet Alumni Leader

    Richard Gianni, a senior faculty member at Westwood College-River Oaks Campus, was recently recognized by Purdue University Calumet as an outstanding Alumni Leader.


    Westwood College Helps Veterans Combat The Rising Costs Of College Tuition Through The Yellow Ribbon Program

    Program Closes the Gap between VA Benefits and the Actual Cost of Most Colleges


    Westwood College Students Selected As Finalists for the Face of Chicago at the Latino Film Festival

    Four Westwood Chicago Loop Students were selected as finalists for becoming the Face of the 23rd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.


    Westwood College Instructor, Don Evans, Publishes His First Novel

    Westwood College Chicago O'Hare instructor and former sports reported for the Chicago Sun Time, Don Evans, publishes his first novel, "Good Money After Bad."