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93 Colleges
9,968 Yearly Graduations
$83,607 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,400 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly teaching graduations, Illinois is ranked #10 in the country with 9,968 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Illinois is $20,902 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $22,783 a year.

About 48% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,100 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,095 Yearly Degrees
$32,880 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,511 undergraduates at Concordia University, Chicago, of which 1,361 are full-time, and there are 6,005 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 81% of students at Concordia University, Chicago take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,864 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Concordia University, Chicago with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
901 Yearly Degrees
$12,836 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 18,107 undergraduates at Illinois State, of which 16,917 are full-time, and there are 20,635 students altogether. It takes the average Illinois State undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,729 a year. Illinois State has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Illinois State is $39,600.

#3

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
879 Yearly Degrees
$13,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,992 students at NLU in total, 3,051 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,047 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NLU is 5.0 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

15% of NLU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,955 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NLU is $38,200.

Public Public vs. Private
585 Yearly Degrees
$17,274 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 49,702, of which 33,915 students are undergraduates and of those, 32,757 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UIUC is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 62%. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at UIUC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,816 a year. UIUC has a 1.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UIUC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
581 Yearly Degrees
$14,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,788 undergraduates at NIU, of which 11,190 are full-time, and there are 17,169 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at NIU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,177 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from NIU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
558 Yearly Degrees
$37,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,231 undergraduates at Olivet Nazarene, of which 2,946 are full-time, and there are 4,655 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly 77% of students at Olivet Nazarene take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,818 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Olivet Nazarene with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
432 Yearly Degrees
$14,722 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,552 undergraduates at SIUC, of which 8,088 are full-time, and there are 12,817 students altogether. It takes the average SIUC undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

66% of SIUC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,166 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,200 during the early-career years.

#8

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
408 Yearly Degrees
$41,202 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,437 students at DePaul in total, 14,507 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,795 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

62% of DePaul students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,816 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from DePaul with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
318 Yearly Degrees
$11,462 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeastern Illinois University is 8,103, of which 6,390 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,640 are full-time. For undergraduates at Northeastern Illinois University, the average graduation time is 5.2 years.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,073 a year. Northeastern Illinois University has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northeastern Illinois University is $32,700.

#10

University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
305 Yearly Degrees
$34,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of St Francis is 3,927, of which 1,629 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,362 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 52% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at University of Saint Francis take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,723 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from University of Saint Francis with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
267 Yearly Degrees
$12,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,754 undergraduates at WIU, of which 5,949 are full-time, and there are 8,502 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WIU is 4.5 years.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

76% of WIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,077 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WIU is $35,100.

#12

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
264 Yearly Degrees
$15,214 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Illinois at Chicago is 31,683, of which 20,783 students are undergraduates and of those, 19,254 are full-time. For undergraduates at UIC, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

34% of UIC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,430 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UIC is $39,600.

#13

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
245 Yearly Degrees
$11,804 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Illinois University is 7,526, of which 6,012 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,091 are full-time. It takes the average EIU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 52%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,087 a year. EIU has a 7.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,400 during the early-career years.

#14

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
223 Yearly Degrees
$25,060 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,020 undergraduates at Aurora, of which 3,537 are full-time, and there are 6,005 students altogether. For undergraduates at Aurora, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at Aurora take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,043 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Aurora with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
214 Yearly Degrees
$11,265 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,833 undergraduates at SIUE, of which 8,979 are full-time, and there are 13,281 students altogether. It takes the average SIUE undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 56% of students at SIUE take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,916 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from SIUE with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
202 Yearly Degrees
$33,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Lewis University is 6,440, of which 4,351 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,575 are full-time. For undergraduates at Lewis, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Lewis take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,932 a year. Lewis has a 3.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lewis with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
184 Yearly Degrees
$45,543 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,919 undergraduates at Loyola Chicago, of which 11,189 are full-time, and there are 17,007 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Loyola Chicago is 4.1 years.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at Loyola Chicago take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,273 a year. Loyola Chicago has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Loyola Chicago is $42,700.

#18

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
128 Yearly Degrees
$30,876 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Roosevelt University is 4,329, of which 2,513 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,067 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,875 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Roosevelt with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
122 Yearly Degrees
$31,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,494 students at McKendree in total, 1,951 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,631 are full-time. For undergraduates at McKendree, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 62%. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at McKendree take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,790 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from McKendree is $35,400.

#20

Rasmussen College - Illinois

Rockford, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
112 Yearly Degrees
$10,935 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,729 students at Rasmussen College - Illinois in total, 1,725 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 983 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,328 a year. Rasmussen College - Illinois has a 7.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Rasmussen College - Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees
$37,754 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,426 students at Elmhurst in total, 2,848 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,710 are full-time. For undergraduates at Elmhurst, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

72% of Elmhurst students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,343 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Elmhurst is $40,300.

#21

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees
$56,691 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northwestern University is 22,127, of which 8,642 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,161 are full-time. For undergraduates at Northwestern, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

This a very selective school with only 9% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

17% of Northwestern students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,994 a year. Northwestern has a 1.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $58,900 during the early-career years.

#23

Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
97 Yearly Degrees
$31,175 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,063 undergraduates at Trinity Christian, of which 883 are full-time, and there are 1,131 students altogether. Trinity Christian has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Roughly 70% of students at Trinity Christian take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,001 a year. Trinity Christian has a 4.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Trinity Christian with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
94 Yearly Degrees
$34,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,882 students at Bradley in total, 4,606 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,462 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Bradley is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Bradley take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,917 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Bradley with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
85 Yearly Degrees
$40,040 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,928 students at North Central in total, 2,681 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,596 are full-time. It takes the average North Central undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,409 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from North Central with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Illinois Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 North Park University 83
27 Rockford University 82
28 Greenville University 78
28 Saint Xavier University 78
30 VanderCook College of Music 74
31 Benedictine University 70
32 Governors State University 68
33 Dominican University 66
34 Chicago State University 65
34 American InterContinental University - Online 65
36 Wheaton College Illinois 59
37 Saint Augustine College 51
38 Millikin University 50
39 Augustana College 44
39 University of Chicago 44
41 University of Illinois at Springfield 43
41 College of Lake County 43
43 Judson University 40
44 Quincy University 33
44 DeVry University - Illinois 33
46 Erikson Institute 30
47 Elgin Community College 29
48 Knox College 27
49 Illinois Wesleyan University 26
50 Trinity International University - Illinois 18
51 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 17
51 Illinois Institute of Technology 17
53 Lake Forest College 15
53 Blackburn College 15
55 Eureka College 14
56 William Rainey Harper College 11
57 Monmouth College 9
57 Columbia College Chicago 9
57 Illinois College 9
60 Moraine Valley Community College 7
61 Lincoln Christian University 6
61 Highland Community College 6
63 Parkland College 5
63 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 5
65 Principia College 4
66 Hebrew Theological College 3
67 John A Logan College 2
67 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago 2
67 Danville Area Community College 2
67 Kankakee Community College 2
67 Waubonsee Community College 2
72 Southwestern Illinois College 1
72 Prairie State College 1
72 College of DuPage 1
72 South Suburban College 1
72 Lake Land College 1
72 Joliet Junior College 1
78 Illinois Valley Community College 0
78 Sauk Valley Community College 0
78 Rock Valley College 0
78 Richland Community College 0
78 Olney Central College 0
78 Triton College 0
78 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College 0
78 Kaskaskia College 0
78 Kishwaukee College 0
78 City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College 0
78 Frontier Community College 0
78 Lincoln Trail College 0
78 Wabash Valley College 0
78 Moody Bible Institute 0
78 Oakton Community College 0
78 Morton College 0

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