Kendall College Online

Founded in 1934 in Evanston, Ill., Kendall College was created by the leaders of two different seminaries during the height of the Great Depression. Sponsored by the Scandinavian Conference of the Methodist Church, the two merged assets to create Evanston Collegiate Institute. Their mission was to provide two-year programs to young people who could not afford to go to college except through a distinctive work-study program offered by the new school. In 1950, the school changed its name to Kendall College in honor of the late Curtis P. Kendall, one of the founding members of the school. In 1985 the School of Culinary Arts was launched, and due to its success, the school created its Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1987. Kendall has also offered business programs since 1970, and launched its School of Education in 1994. In 2005, the college relocated to a brand new campus in downtown Chicago. In 2008, Kendall became a member of Laureate International Universities, a global network of 58 institutions in 28 countries.

Programs Offered

Kendall College offers a number of bachelor’s and associate degree programs through its four distinct colleges. Best known for its renowned culinary arts programs, prospective student seeking a career in the industry can choose from a bachelor’s or associate degree in Culinary Arts, an accelerated associate degree in culinary arts, or an associate degree in baking and pastry. The college of culinary arts features 12 professional grade commercial kitchens, and even has a Zagat-rated, fine-dining restaurant open to the public that is entirely staffed with Kendall students. The school also offers bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management in disciplines like hotel and lodging management, casino management, asset management, and more. Kendall College offers bachelor’s degrees in business and foodservice management through its school of business, while the school of education offers bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education, and post-baccalaureate teaching certificate preparation for the state of Illinois.


Kendall College has been accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, and became a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1962.


Specific admissions requirements vary by program, school, and degree level, and students will need to check the individual admission requirements of the particular degree or certificate they are seeking. Kendal offers a unique rolling admissions program that allows students to submit applications throughout the year. First, prospective students must submit an application and all supporting materials and transcripts to the admissions office. Once the application and all supporting documents have been received, all applicants must complete an on-campus interview an enrollment advisor.

Admissions Contact

Kendall College Online
Office of Admissions
900 N. North Branch Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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