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Number of
4-year colleges in Illinois

455,975

Students attending
4-year colleges in Illinois

$23,358

Average
in-state tuition

$24,571

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

293 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Total undergraduates: 4,669
Acceptance rate: 69%
Average annual cost: $26,773
Average salary: $51,200
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

279 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 17,838
Acceptance rate: 69%
Average annual cost: $32,084
Average salary: $51,000
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

207 Forbes
To provide distinctive and relevant education in an environment of scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation.

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 3,227
Acceptance rate: 57%
Average annual cost: $25,847
Average salary: $69,800
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

197 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,791
Acceptance rate: 58%
Average annual cost: $31,227
Average salary: $55,600
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

248 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,376
Acceptance rate: 65%
Average annual cost: $23,301
Average salary: $38,200
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

28 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Total undergraduates: 10,163
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $29,326
Average salary: $65,900
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

16 Forbes
UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to its Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 6,915
Acceptance rate: 7%
Average annual cost: $31,068
Average salary: $65,500
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

292 Forbes
UIC's mission is: To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world. To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer. To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 19,476
Acceptance rate: 73%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $52,200
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

69 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

Total undergraduates: 35,476
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $57,600
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Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

110 Forbes

Best colleges in Illinois 2018

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Total undergraduates: 2,544
Acceptance rate: 78%
Average annual cost: $27,840
Average salary: $45,200
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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