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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Illinois

12,354

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Illinois

$37,252

Average
in-state tuition

$37,252

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

368 Forbes
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

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Blackburn College

Carlinville, IL

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Blackburn College

Carlinville, IL

Total undergraduates: 623
Acceptance rate: 59%
Average annual cost: $12,037
Average salary: $37,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

197 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

248 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

330 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

577 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,205
Acceptance rate: 67%
Average annual cost: $18,467
Average salary: $39,900
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Principia College

Elsah, IL

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

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Shimer College

Chicago, IL

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Shimer College

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 83
Acceptance rate: 100%
Average annual cost: $34,903
Average salary: -
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

110 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2019

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Total undergraduates: 2,544
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: $30,021
Average salary: $45,200
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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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