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As the fifth most populous state, Illinois offers a wide array of educational opportunities to prospective students, both online and campus-based. It is home to both several large research universities as well as numerous small liberal arts colleges. The combination of Chicago’s vibrant economy and Illinois’s position as a major transportation hub make the state an excellent option for those considering careers in the agricultural, manufacturing, and mining sectors.

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1. $12,603 47,684 4 Year Public YES +
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
$9,285 46,477 2 Year Public No +
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Chicago, Illinois
$16,076 41,071 4 Year Private No +
4. $7,740 33,209 2 Year Public No +
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Joliet, Illinois
$7,061 31,902 2 Year Public No +
6. $10,466 31,400 4 Year Public YES +
7. $14,043 31,331 4 Year Private YES +
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Grayslake, Illinois
$6,720 30,902 2 Year Public No +
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Chicago, Illinois
$31,650 30,369 4 Year Private YES +
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Palatine, Illinois
$8,736 27,135 2 Year Public No +
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Best Colleges for Future Service Members +

Illinois is often considered a microcosm of the country, and this can be seen in the state’s wide range of educational opportunities. Many of these opportunities are furthered by their combination with ROTC programs. Any student interested in serving their country can find Army, Navy, and Air Force branches associated with post-secondary education in Illinois. We’ve prepared a list of non-profit, four-year degree generating Illinois schools that also offer at least two ROTC programs. You can narrow your search even more by the highlighted selections, which note the programs that cost under $20,000 per year. Congrats to the following Illinois colleges combining a higher education with service to one’s country.

College Name Tuition City ROTC - Army ROTC - Navy ROTC - Air Force
University of Illinois at Chicago $10,466 Chicago Yes Yes Yes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $12,603 Champaign Yes Yes Yes
Northeastern Illinois University $6,120 Chicago Yes No Yes
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $6,256 Edwardsville Yes No Yes
Southern Illinois University Carbondale $7,635 Carbondale Yes No Yes

Best Colleges for Personal Attention +

In Illinois, it's easy to find top-notch colleges and universities. Whether students are looking for training colleges or liberal arts degree options, the state has a range of programs. Many prospective students in Illinois are looking for a special mix: a big campus and all the benefits they'll find therein combined with the intimate class sizes that keep a classroom from becoming overcrowded. The following list of colleges in Illinois offer that exactly: enrollment numbers over 5,000 students, plus average instructor ratios less than 20 students per instructor. Kudos to the excellent Illinois four-year, non-profit colleges that made the grade for best student-teacher ratios in the state.

College Name Student-Teacher-Ratio Undergraduate Students Tuition Type City
Hebrew Theological College 20 to 1 501 $17,620 Private not-for-profit Skokie
East-West University 20 to 1 1,005 $16,800 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Saint Augustine College 20 to 1 2,254 $8,760 Private not-for-profit Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 20 to 1 33,400 $12,603 Public Champaign
Robert Morris University Illinois 19 to 1 4,313 $22,200 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Illinois State University 19 to 1 19,965 $9,286 Public Normal
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 18 to 1 12,773 $6,256 Public Edwardsville
Moody Bible Institute 17 to 1 3,753 $8,800 Private not-for-profit Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago 17 to 1 18,698 $10,466 Public Chicago
Northern Illinois University 17 to 1 18,830 $8,149 Public Dekalb
DePaul University 17 to 1 19,088 $31,650 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Methodist College 16 to 1 661 $15,198 Private not-for-profit Peoria
Lincoln Christian University 16 to 1 716 $15,060 Private not-for-profit Lincoln
North Central College 16 to 1 2,985 $30,891 Private not-for-profit Naperville
Olivet Nazarene University 16 to 1 3,442 $27,250 Private not-for-profit Bourbonnais
Chicago State University 16 to 1 6,198 $6,144 Public Chicago
Western Illinois University 16 to 1 11,892 $7,415 Public Macomb
Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago 15 to 1 79 $12,000 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Lincoln College 15 to 1 1,395 $16,500 Private not-for-profit Lincoln
Aurora University 15 to 1 3,183 $19,900 Private not-for-profit Aurora
Benedictine University 15 to 1 4,750 $23,217 Private not-for-profit Lisle
Eastern Illinois University 15 to 1 10,579 $7,780 Public Charleston
Loyola University Chicago 15 to 1 11,095 $33,450 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Northeastern Illinois University 15 to 1 11,325 $6,120 Public Chicago
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 15 to 1 17,448 $7,635 Public Carbondale
Eureka College 14 to 1 826 $18,650 Private not-for-profit Eureka
Monmouth College 14 to 1 1,361 $30,450 Private not-for-profit Monmouth
Quincy University 14 to 1 1,425 $24,344 Private not-for-profit Quincy
Greenville College 14 to 1 1,453 $22,750 Private not-for-profit Greenville
McKendree University 14 to 1 2,755 $24,340 Private not-for-profit Lebanon
Saint Xavier University 14 to 1 3,432 $27,330 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Elmhurst College 14 to 1 3,508 $31,450 Private not-for-profit Elmhurst
University of Illinois at Springfield 14 to 1 3,631 $6,840 Public Springfield
Trinity International University-Illinois 13 to 1 1,286 $25,400 Private not-for-profit Deerfield
Lake Forest College 13 to 1 1,582 $37,660 Private not-for-profit Lake Forest
North Park University 13 to 1 2,440 $22,090 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Lewis University 13 to 1 5,242 $25,770 Private not-for-profit Romeoville
MacMurray College 12 to 1 598 $20,400 Private not-for-profit Jacksonville
University of St Francis 12 to 1 2,052 $26,374 Private not-for-profit Joliet
Dominican University 12 to 1 2,142 $27,480 Private not-for-profit River Forest
Wheaton College 12 to 1 2,559 $30,120 Private not-for-profit Wheaton
Illinois Institute of Technology 12 to 1 2,999 $35,203 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Governors State University 12 to 1 4,171 $5,976 Public University Park
Roosevelt University 12 to 1 4,486 $25,950 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Bradley University 12 to 1 5,149 $27,940 Private not-for-profit Peoria
Resurrection University 11 to 1 392 $23,278 Private not-for-profit Oak Park
Illinois College 11 to 1 962 $26,000 Private not-for-profit Jacksonville
Knox College 11 to 1 1,457 $36,138 Private not-for-profit Galesburg
Trinity Christian College 11 to 1 1,594 $23,098 Private not-for-profit Palos Heights
Illinois Wesleyan University 11 to 1 2,105 $37,774 Private not-for-profit Bloomington
Millikin University 11 to 1 2,497 $27,852 Private not-for-profit Decatur
Augustana College 11 to 1 2,737 $34,614 Private not-for-profit Rock Island
Blessing Rieman College of Nursing 10 to 1 292 $18,840 Private not-for-profit Quincy
Blackburn College 10 to 1 591 $17,282 Private not-for-profit Carlinville
Judson University 10 to 1 1,213 $26,220 Private not-for-profit Elgin
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 10 to 1 2,807 $38,340 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Columbia College-Chicago 10 to 1 12,168 $21,200 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Shimer College 9 to 1 138 $26,510 Private not-for-profit Chicago
VanderCook College of Music 9 to 1 194 $22,776 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Saint Anthony College of Nursing 9 to 1 240 $20,134 Private not-for-profit Rockford
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 9 to 1 284 $22,680 Private not-for-profit Rock Island
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 9 to 1 468 $15,810 Private not-for-profit Peoria
Rockford University 9 to 1 1,153 $26,210 Private not-for-profit Rockford
Concordia University-Chicago 9 to 1 1,552 $25,942 Private not-for-profit River Forest
Christian Life College 8 to 1 54 $9,440 Private not-for-profit Mount Prospect
Lakeview College of Nursing 8 to 1 393 $12,870 Private not-for-profit Danville
National Louis University 8 to 1 1,870 $18,855 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Northwestern University 7 to 1 11,076 $43,380 Private not-for-profit Evanston
Lexington College 6 to 1 75 $23,500 Private not-for-profit Chicago
St Johns College 6 to 1 112 $15,030 Private not-for-profit Springfield
National University of Health Sciences 6 to 1 153 $13,987 Private not-for-profit Lombard
University of Chicago 6 to 1 5,518 $43,581 Private not-for-profit Chicago
Rush University 5 to 1 106 $32,603 Private not-for-profit Chicago

Best Colleges for Women in Tech +

Women seeking degrees in technology and engineering flock to Illinois thanks to its many exceptional college programs. These Illinois colleges make women in technology a priority, and therefore have curriculum and resources that reinforce this commitment. For instance, some of these schools have centers dedicated to the advancement of women in technology fields, others have mentorships for women to learn from more experienced women in engineering. Still other schools offer women strong community bonds through all-female residence halls. As a result, these Illinois colleges are able to offer women a setting in which the ratios of male to female students in core curriculum classes are equivalent to the overall school’s gender ratio. To learn more about these superior programs for women seeking technology and engineering degrees, browse the list below. Click here to view our methodology.

College Name Tuition + Fees City Women in Tech Degrees Awarded Total Enrollment Institution Type
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $14,522 Champaign 444 40,541 Public
Northwestern University $43,779 Evanston 255 17,089 Private Not for Profit
Illinois Institute of Technology $37,969 Chicago 222 6,322 Private Not for Profit
Southern Illinois University Carbondale $11,528 Carbondale 127 15,814 Public
University of Illinois at Chicago $13,122 Chicago 126 23,041 Public
Concordia University-Chicago $26,476 River Forest 125 1,710 Private Not for Profit
Northern Illinois University $13,066 Dekalb 82 17,448 Public
Illinois State University $12,726 Normal 59 18,825 Public
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $9,251 Edwardsville 51 10,905 Public
Eastern Illinois University $10,930 Charleston 51 9,257 Public
Bradley University $28,284 Peoria 45 4,970 Private Not for Profit
Rush University N/A Chicago 44 1,335 Private Not for Profit
Western Illinois University $11,182 Macomb 22 10,386 Public
DePaul University $32,295 Chicago 20 19,029 Private Not for Profit
Loyola University Chicago $34,578 Chicago 18 13,494 Private Not for Profit
Lewis University $25,770 Romeoville 14 3,962 Private Not for Profit
Roosevelt University $25,950 Chicago 13 3,809 Private Not for Profit
University of St Francis $26,924 Joliet 13 1,526 Private Not for Profit
Columbia College-Chicago $21,730 Chicago 12 10,287 Private Not for Profit
University of Illinois at Springfield $8,952 Springfield 8 2,588 Public
Robert Morris University Illinois $22,200 Chicago 7 3,532 Private Not for Profit
National Louis University $18,930 Chicago 7 1,188 Private Not for Profit

Colleges Fighting for Families+

Illinois demands the spotlight for its numerous social work programs emphasizing children and family. These programs are creating some of the strongest educational environments for students earning their social work degree. To assist these students in future work that runs the gamut, from hospitals to schools, these programs offer comprehensive fieldwork, clinical settings, and some of the best classroom learning available. The numerous scholarships and fellowships that are awarded, makes these programs even more enticing. Alongside these benefits, ranking, reputations, internships, and innovative teaching all can be found at the following programs. Take a look at the list below to search the most outstanding family-focused social work programs in Illinois. Click here to view our methodology.

College Name City Social Degrees Awarded Women Men Tuition & Fees Total Enrollment
Loyola University Chicago Chicago 494 418 76 $34,578 13,494
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago 380 315 65 $13,122 23,041
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign 341 260 81 $14,522 40,541
University of Chicago Chicago 261 210 51 $45,609 12,457
Aurora University Aurora 209 189 20 $20,100 2,800
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago 188 153 35 $8,089 5,995
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale 183 150 33 $11,528 15,814
Illinois State University Normal 156 124 32 $12,726 18,825
Northern Illinois University Dekalb 139 66 73 $13,066 17,448
DePaul University Chicago 127 91 36 $32,295 19,029
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville 121 100 21 $9,251 10,905
Western Illinois University Macomb 105 75 30 $11,182 10,386
Governors State University University Park 95 83 12 N/A 655
Dominican University River Forest 91 75 16 $27,730 2,272
Eastern Illinois University Charleston 77 46 31 $10,930 9,257
Chicago State University Chicago 57 47 10 $8,558 4,446
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield 53 44 9 $8,952 2,588
Bradley University Peoria 52 39 13 $28,284 4,970
Northwestern University Evanston 39 30 9 $43,779 17,089
North Central College Naperville 36 22 14 $31,071 2,621
McKendree University Lebanon 32 13 19 $25,340 1,964
Roosevelt University Chicago 30 22 8 $25,950 3,809
University of St Francis Joliet 29 27 2 $26,924 1,526
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais 26 25 1 $28,090 2,921
Lewis University Romeoville 25 23 2 $25,770 3,962
Millikin University Decatur 24 19 5 $28,612 2,214
Augustana College Rock Island 21 16 5 $34,614 2,504
National Louis University Chicago 19 15 4 $18,930 1,188
Elmhurst College Elmhurst 18 16 2 $31,650 2,990
Saint Xavier University Chicago 18 13 5 $28,110 2,812
Wheaton College Wheaton 15 9 6 $30,120 2,654
North Park University Chicago 14 10 4 $22,150 1,948
Concordia University-Chicago River Forest 12 11 1 $26,476 1,710
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights 12 11 1 $23,513 1,155
Saint Augustine College Chicago 11 10 1 $8,760 1,276
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington 9 7 2 $37,954 2,082
Illinois College Jacksonville 9 3 6 $26,500 913
Benedictine University Lisle 8 5 3 $24,137 3,817
MacMurray College Jacksonville 8 7 1 $21,400 472
Rockford University Rockford 8 2 6 $26,310 909
Greenville College Greenville 7 7 $22,920 1,285
Monmouth College Monmouth 7 5 2 $30,450 1,283

Colleges Shaping the Next Generation+

Building the next-generation is at the heart of many education programs in Illinois. Through community engagement programs and top-notch research facilities, students at these Illinois schools receive a comprehensive education that is unparalleled. Learning from some of the best faculty in the nation, degree-seeking students gain the focus and experience necessary to become effective teachers. We’ve scrutinized each program’s features, such as reputation, facilities, innovation, and rankings. The education degree programs listed below performed the absolute highest when ranking Illinois colleges. No matter which of these schools you choose, you’ll be receiving an outstanding education that will prepare you for a successful career in education. Click here to view our methodology.

College Name City Education Degrees Awarded Total Women Total Men Tuition & Fees Total Enrollment Institution Type
Concordia University-Chicago River Forest 1,499 1,169 330 $26,476 1,710 Private Not for Profit
National Louis University Chicago 1,345 973 372 $18,930 1,188 Private Not for Profit
Illinois State University Normal 1,093 869 224 $12,726 18,825 Public
Northern Illinois University Dekalb 890 633 257 $13,066 17,448 Public
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais 691 533 158 $28,090 2,921 Private Not for Profit
DePaul University Chicago 645 508 137 $32,295 19,029 Private Not for Profit
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign 635 447 188 $14,522 40,541 Public
Eastern Illinois University Charleston 625 497 128 $10,930 9,257 Public
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago 533 400 133 $8,089 5,995 Public
Aurora University Aurora 512 375 137 $20,100 2,800 Private Not for Profit
Saint Xavier University Chicago 506 417 89 $28,110 2,812 Private Not for Profit
Western Illinois University Macomb 447 357 90 $11,182 10,386 Public
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago 413 299 114 $13,122 23,041 Public
Benedictine University Lisle 388 337 51 $24,137 3,817 Private Not for Profit
Loyola University Chicago Chicago 373 287 86 $34,578 13,494 Private Not for Profit
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville 365 274 91 $9,251 10,905 Public
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale 339 252 87 $11,528 15,814 Public
Lewis University Romeoville 330 274 56 $25,770 3,962 Private Not for Profit
McKendree University Lebanon 255 184 71 $25,340 1,964 Private Not for Profit
Governors State University University Park 248 193 55 N/A 655 Public
Dominican University River Forest 246 198 48 $27,730 2,272 Private Not for Profit
Roosevelt University Chicago 238 186 52 $25,950 3,809 Private Not for Profit
University of St Francis Joliet 225 188 37 $26,924 1,526 Private Not for Profit
Rockford University Rockford 182 128 54 $26,310 909 Private Not for Profit
Quincy University Quincy 175 122 53 $25,180 1,382 Private Not for Profit
Greenville College Greenville 163 122 41 $22,920 1,285 Private Not for Profit
Northwestern University Evanston 149 95 54 $43,779 17,089 Private Not for Profit
Wheaton College Wheaton 131 97 34 $30,120 2,654 Private Not for Profit
Chicago State University Chicago 125 87 38 $8,558 4,446 Public
North Park University Chicago 125 90 35 $22,150 1,948 Private Not for Profit
Elmhurst College Elmhurst 118 89 29 $31,650 2,990 Private Not for Profit
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights 113 90 23 $23,513 1,155 Private Not for Profit
Bradley University Peoria 106 92 14 $28,284 4,970 Private Not for Profit
Moody Bible Institute Chicago 105 93 12 $10,954 2,466 Private Not for Profit
North Central College Naperville 85 66 19 $31,071 2,621 Private Not for Profit
VanderCook College of Music Chicago 85 41 44 $24,116 147 Private Not for Profit
Millikin University Decatur 76 54 22 $28,612 2,214 Private Not for Profit
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield 71 52 19 $8,952 2,588 Public
Trinity International University-Illinois Deerfield 69 42 27 $25,840 1,396 Private Not for Profit
Augustana College Rock Island 56 45 11 $34,614 2,504 Private Not for Profit
Columbia College-Chicago Chicago 55 48 7 $21,730 10,287 Private Not for Profit
Monmouth College Monmouth 51 30 21 $30,450 1,283 Private Not for Profit
Judson University Elgin 50 41 9 $27,000 842 Private Not for Profit
Knox College Galesburg 41 22 19 $36,492 1,400 Private Not for Profit
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington 40 35 5 $37,954 2,082 Private Not for Profit
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago 32 24 8 $39,020 3,015 Private Not for Profit
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago 26 18 8 $37,969 6,322 Private Not for Profit
Blackburn College Carlinville 25 17 8 $17,502 527 Private Not for Profit
Illinois College Jacksonville 24 13 11 $26,500 913 Private Not for Profit
MacMurray College Jacksonville 24 22 2 $21,400 472 Private Not for Profit
University of Chicago Chicago 22 17 5 $45,609 12,457 Private Not for Profit
Eureka College Eureka 16 16 $19,480 718 Private Not for Profit
Lincoln Christian University Lincoln 10 8 2 $15,300 747 Private Not for Profit