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Number of
4-year colleges in Illinois

457,169

Students attending
4-year colleges in Illinois

$23,303

Average
in-state tuition

$24,503

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

101 US News
Augustana is a selective, private college of the liberal arts and sciences with a diverse student body of 2,500. The college’s beautiful campus is located in Rock Island, Illinois, part of the Quad Cities (pop. 400,000) along the Mississippi River. Faculty mentors and career coaches help connect students with the many career-building and hands-on learni

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Total undergraduates: 2,591
Acceptance rate: 58%
Average annual cost: $23,919
Average salary: $48,500
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

103 US News
To provide distinctive and relevant education in an environment of scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation.

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 3,227
Acceptance rate: 54%
Average annual cost: $26,324
Average salary: $69,800
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

71 US News

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,791
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: $30,147
Average salary: $55,600
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

71 US News

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,376
Acceptance rate: 71%
Average annual cost: $25,136
Average salary: $38,200
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

101 US News

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,640
Acceptance rate: 52%
Average annual cost: $25,646
Average salary: $49,000
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

103 US News

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 12,864
Acceptance rate: 70%
Average annual cost: $34,526
Average salary: $52,000
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

11 US News

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Total undergraduates: 10,163
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $26,099
Average salary: $65,900
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Principia College

Elsah, IL

112 US News
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution." (Education at The Principia page 228). Principia is a Christian Science community of practice where all members are students teachers and healers. Through transformative opportunities a challenging curriculum and

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

Principia College

Elsah, IL

Total undergraduates: 501
Acceptance rate: 91%
Average annual cost: $14,300
Average salary: -
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

3 US News
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 2019

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 6,915
Acceptance rate: 8%
Average annual cost: $34,834
Average salary: $65,500
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Best colleges in Illinois 2019

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

52 US News

Best colleges in Illinois 2019

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

Total undergraduates: 35,476
Acceptance rate: 61%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $57,600
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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).

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