Moving to Illinois means learning a whole new accent. But, the education options in the Prairie State make it worth it. Some pretty impactful politicians have called Illinois home, including Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, making it an inspiring place for any political science or history major. And the Chicago skyline is packed with job opportunities for business majors at one of the countless banking and finance companies. Nine four-year institutions and over 100 smaller colleges and universities reside in Illinois.* After graduation, explore plenty of out-of-the-box employment options including Fannie Mae, CareerBuilder, and Black Dog Books.
During your downtime, take in some history at the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, or cruise on down the scenic byway of Route 66.* Just need a few hours to relax? Check out Harry’s Sports Grill in Countryside with its live music, trivia nights and recreational games like darts and billiards. For something a bit fancier, enjoy a glass of wine at D.O.C. Wine Bar, just outside of Chicago. Visit Shedd Aquarium, one of the best in the nation, for some underwater learning, or get some good eats in Chinatown. Or proudly wear your black and red when you cheer on the Blackhawks or the Bulls. Come explore Illinois with its perfect combination of open prairie and bustling city life. You’ll be blown away.*Wikipedia, “Colleges and universities in Illinois” *www.enjoyillinois.com/thingstodo
University of Chicago offers 218 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 5,660 students graduated with students earning 3,155 Master's degrees, 1,520 Bachelor's degrees, 697 Doctoral degrees, and 288 Certificates.
Northwestern University, or Northwestern, is a private school founded in 1851. Today the university has an undergraduate enrollment of just over 20,000 students. Built in suburban Chicago in the lakeside town of Evanston, Northwestern’s campus is on the smaller side with just under 250 acres along with a 25-acre campus in downtown Chicago. Students at Northwestern take classes on a semester-based academic calendar, and tuition for in-state students is roughly $55,000, just below the cost of attendance at a local rival, the University of Chicago. Northwestern tends to offer small undergraduate classes under 20 students and boasts a graduation rate that exceeds 90%.
Northwestern provides a variety of academic programs depending on student interest and is known nationally for its Theatre program and Kellogg School of Management. Northwestern also has high-ranking departments including the Pritzker School of Law, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Graduates from Northwestern University have gone on to found many worldwide brands and organizations including Guggenheim Partners, Aon Corporation, and Groupon. During their time at school, students have the opportunity to explore downtown Chicago and eat at local Italian restaurant Uno’s for Chicago deep-dish pizza or see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. Notable alumni include comedians Seth Meyers and Stephan Colbert, writer George R.R. Martin, and ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 405 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 13,097 students graduated with students earning 8,057 Bachelor's degrees, 3,962 Master's degrees, 1,070 Doctoral degrees, and 8 Certificates.
Illinois Institute of Technology offers 159 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,354 students graduated with students earning 1,429 Master's degrees, 592 Bachelor's degrees, and 333 Doctoral degrees.
Bradley University offers 170 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,235 students graduated with students earning 961 Bachelor's degrees, 197 Master's degrees, 45 Certificates, and 32 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Chicago Chicago, IL||12 : 1||17,452|
|Northwestern University Evanston, IL||15 : 1||22,448|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL||22 : 1||51,605|
|Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL||16 : 1||6,515|
|Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL||15 : 1||1,562|
|Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL||13 : 1||1,629|
|Knox College Galesburg, IL||12 : 1||1,258|
|Wheaton College Wheaton, IL||14 : 1||3,004|
|Augustana College Rock Island, IL||13 : 1||2,546|
|Bradley University Peoria, IL||17 : 1||5,929|
|School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL||21 : 1||3,682|
|Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL||20 : 1||17,159|
|North Central College Naperville, IL||18 : 1||2,888|
|Monmouth College Monmouth, IL||11 : 1||907|
|DePaul University Chicago, IL||25 : 1||22,064|
|Principia College Elsah, IL||6 : 1||407|
|Lewis University Romeoville, IL||28 : 1||6,359|
|Dominican University River Forest, IL||20 : 1||3,029|
|Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL||22 : 1||3,453|
|North Park University Chicago, IL||23 : 1||2,892|