Top Illinois Colleges and Universities

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Illinois is situated in the midwestern region of the United States in-between Wisconsin and Indiana and lies beside Lake Michigan. The state has several excellent colleges and universities, five of which are described below.
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Top Five Schools in Illinois

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a private university in the Hyde Park area about seven miles south of downtown Chicago. The university, founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller and by the American Baptist Education Society, currently has about 4,800 undergraduate students. The university is best known for its science, economic and sociology programs. In fact, the University of Chicago contributed to several important 20th century scientific discoveries, such as the use of carbon-14 dating. It is currently ranked as ninth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private university located in Evanston, Illinois, ranked #14 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The University was founded by nine Methodists from Chicago. Northwestern University has approximately 9,170 undergraduate students. Best known for its academic programs in economics, education, journalism and engineering, Northwestern University offers a wide variety of academic pursuits. Northwestern University has a very visible theater program, which has several small productions and two major ones each year; the school also participates in 19 men's and women's sports and is ranked #38 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Illinois - Urbana - Champaign

The University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana-Champaign is located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign. U of I was founded in 1867, and classes began 1868. Approximately 31,470 undergraduate students currently attend the University of Illinois. The university is best known for its excellent education, engineering and science academic programs. University of Illinois has a large Greek life with 60 fraternities and 36 sororities; the school also has ten men's sports and 11 women's sports and is ranked #38 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Illinois Institute of Technology

The Illinois Institute of Technology was founded in 1890 as the Armour Institute of Technology. Illinois Tech is located in Chicago, in the Bronzeville neighborhood, some three miles south of Chicago's Loop. Approximately 2,350 undergraduate students attend Illinois Tech. The Institute is best known for its engineering technology programs, including chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering. The Illinois Tech athletic teams compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference NAIA Division I. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Illinois Institute of Technology #96 in the nation.

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University was founded as Saint Ignatius College in 1870 by the Roman Catholic religious order. Loyola is a private, Jesuit, Catholic University located on the west side of Chicago, IL. Today, Loyola has approximately 9,720 undergraduate students in attendance and is ranked #112 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Loyola University is best known for its medicine and nursing programs, and was actually Illinois' first accredited collegiate nursing school. There are several different fraternities and sororities on the Loyola University campus, including a co-ed Latino fraternity.

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
      • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
    Master's
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program
      • Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate
      • Industrial & Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Crisis-Informed Care for a Diverse, Globalized World Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
      • DBA: Marketing
      • DBA: Project Management
      • DBA: Human Resources
    Master's
      • MA: Communication
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MA: Professional Counseling (60-hour)
      • Master of Arts in Public Policy - Public Administration
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
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    4. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinishing
      • Medical Assistant
      • Automotive Technology
      • Electrical/Electronics
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - General
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education
      • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation
      • PhD in Education - Learning, Instruction & Innovation
      • PhD in Psychology - Teaching
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
      • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • MS in Nursing: Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
      • BS in Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor: Health Care Management
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
      • Networking Systems Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Central Christian College of Kansas

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
      • Health Sciences (Ph.D.)
      • Doctor of Business Administration
      • Educational Leadership (Ed. D.)
      • Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
      • Business Administration (BSBA)
      • Human Resources Management (BSHRM)
      • Homeland Security (BSHLS)
      • Information Technology Management (BSITM)
      • Leadership (BSL)
    Associate's
      • Professional Studies (ASPS)
    Certificate
      • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Teaching and Learning
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
      • BS - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security

Featured Schools

The Chicago School

  • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
  • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
  • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program

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Liberty University

  • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
  • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MA: Communication
  • MS: Criminal Justice

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development

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Lincoln Tech

  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Automotive Technology

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Walden University

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - General
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
  • BS in Psychology

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

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Central Christian College of Kansas

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice

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