Moraine Valley Community College || International Student Affairs || Prospective Students

Location and Facilities

Located in Palos Hills, Illinois

Moraine Valley is located in a very pleasant, safe and peaceful residential suburb located approximately 20 kilometers from downtown Chicago, Illinois, the third largest city in the United States. The 294-acre campus is surrounded by beautifully landscaped and scenic nature areas, forest preserves, and residential family-oriented communities. The surrounding suburbs have urban conveniences such as parks, libraries, restaurants, movie theatres, shopping malls, banks, recreation and health facilities. The communities around Moraine Valley also offer numerous churches, an Islamic mosque, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and a large variety of multicultural resources, including, Arabian, Asian and other ethnic food stores. A public transportation system serves Palos Hills and the numerous suburban communities surrounding the Chicago area.

Palos Hills offers you a lovely environment to focus on your studies, along with the opportunity to enjoy the city on weekends or during free time.

Chicago Area Location
Chicago is a beautiful city with outstanding resources, beautiful scenery, cultural opportunities, a vast selection of colleges and universities, ethnic and cultural diversity, and an amazing array of recreational and entertainment possibilities. Some of Chicago's advantages include:

  • Spectacular architecture
  • World-renowned sculpture
  • Museums-Field Museum, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Science and Industry
  • Art exhibits-Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • World class performances-Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Music-blues, jazz, classical, rock
  • More than 50 colleges and universities
  • Libraries
  • Professional sports teams: Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Blackhawks hockey, Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball, Chicago Bears football Outstanding restaurants
  • Extraordinary shopping on "The Magnificent Mile" and other locations
  • Invigorating night life
  • On the shores of the great Lake Michigan
  • Outdoor sports and fitness activities
  • Climate in the Midwest

The Midwest and the Chicago area of the United States have four seasons and a variety of temperatures.

  • Spring—March through June
    Temperature: 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 21C) Enjoy tennis, outdoor trails, biking, and outdoor theater.
  • Summer—June through September
    Temperature: 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 32C) Enjoy beach life, swimming, sailing, in-line skating, festivals, and concerts.
  • Fall—September through December
    Temperature: 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 26C)Enjoy nature trails, horseback riding, football, soccer, zoos, and hay rides.
  • Winter—December through March
    Temperature: 0 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 to 7C)Enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing, toboggan sledding, and winter sports.


Moraine Valley's 294-acre campus includes comprehensive and high-quality facilities, eight classroom buildings, student service facilities, cafeteria, computer labs, gymnasium, fitness center, and outdoor recreational areas.

Student Services Center (Building S)

  • Cafe Moraine Cafeteria
  • New Student Welcome center and lounge area
  • Office of International Student Affairs
  • Counseling and Advising Center
  • Admissions, Records, Registration, and Financial Aid offices
  • Job Resource Center office 

Student Union (Building U)

  • Bobb and Marge Bobb Social/Cultural Lounge for students to socialize
  • Café Moraine-new and improved with twice as much space
  • Game Room-game tables, TV and comfortable seating
  • Convenience Store-grab carry out food or beverages to go
  • Cyber Café
  • Quiet Lounge-students can relax or study and will have access to wireless
  • Student Art Gallery
  • Classrooms, workrooms and offices for clubs
  • Outdoor spaces for dining and relaxing 

Center for Contemporary Technology (Building T)
The Center for Contemporary Technology is one of the finest applied technology training centers in the United States. It offers:

  • Computer laboratories open to all students
  • Over 350 computers for student use
  • Over 400 software packages available
  • Trained computer laboratory assistants to help students  

Fine and Performing Arts Center (Building F)

  • 600-seat theater for concerts and performances
  • Experimental black box theater
  • Art gallery
  • Art classes and teaching studios, piano and musical rehearsal rooms
  • Photography studio, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, music

Modern classroom buildings/Library

  • Contemporary, comfortable classrooms
  • Dynacom system, high-tech and videoconferencing capability
  • Fully equipped chemistry, biology, and science laboratories
  • CyberCafé
  • State-of-the-art computer labs
  • Library with more than 135,000 books, magazines, documents
  • Access to state university library system

Recreation and Sports

  • Gymnasium (Cyclone Center) and health fitness center
  • Dance studio
  • Physical education courses and athletics
  • Tennis courts
  • Soccer field, baseball field, basketball courts, volleyball courtsi