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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Illinois

26,263

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Illinois

$35,727

Average
in-state tuition

$35,727

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

101 US News
Augustana College, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and a Lutheran expression of the Christian faith, is committed to offering a challenging education that develops qualities of mind, spirit and body necessary for a rewarding life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world.

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Total undergraduates: 2,591
Acceptance rate: 51%
Average annual cost: $23,542
Average salary: $48,500
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Blackburn College

Carlinville, IL

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Blackburn College

Carlinville, IL

Total undergraduates: 623
Acceptance rate: 53%
Average annual cost: $13,529
Average salary: $37,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Columbia College - Chicago

Chicago, IL

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Columbia College - Chicago

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 8,524
Acceptance rate: 88%
Average annual cost: $29,530
Average salary: $33,400
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

71 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

71 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

101 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,640
Acceptance rate: 56%
Average annual cost: $24,478
Average salary: $49,000
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Total undergraduates: 5,385
Acceptance rate: 59%
Average annual cost: $20,232
Average salary: $47,300
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

147 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

Total undergraduates: 1,205
Acceptance rate: 52%
Average annual cost: $18,612
Average salary: $39,900
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

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

Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Principia College

Elsah, IL

Total undergraduates: 501
Acceptance rate: 90%
Average annual cost: $14,499
Average salary: -
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Top liberal arts colleges in Illinois 2018

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Top liberal arts 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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