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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. Illinois colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $20,902 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $22,783 per 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 6,205 students at Concordia University, Chicago in total, 1,588 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,403 are full-time. It takes the average Concordia University, Chicago undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 81% of students at Concordia University, Chicago take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,864 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Concordia University, Chicago is $35,900.

#2

Illinois State University

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

The total student population at Illinois State University is 20,878, of which 18,250 students are undergraduates and of those, 17,092 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Illinois State is 4.4 years.

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

Roughly 61% of students at Illinois State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,729 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average 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 3,363 undergraduates at NLU, of which 2,370 are full-time, and there are 7,005 students altogether. It takes the average NLU undergraduate about 5.0 years to complete their degree.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% 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.

Students who graduate from NLU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 51,605 students at UIUC in total, 34,120 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 32,854 are full-time. It takes the average UIUC undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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.

40% of UIUC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,816 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $47,100 during the early-career years.

#5

Northern Illinois University

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

There are 12,131 undergraduates at NIU, of which 10,567 are full-time, and there are 16,609 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.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,177 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,800 during the early-career years.

#6

Olivet Nazarene University

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

The total student population at Olivet Nazarene University is 4,317, of which 3,110 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,855 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Olivet Nazarene is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 45% of accepted students 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%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,300 during the early-career years.

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

There are 8,466 undergraduates at SIUC, of which 7,150 are full-time, and there are 11,695 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SIUC is 4.5 years.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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 14,214 undergraduates at DePaul, of which 12,784 are full-time, and there are 22,064 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 72%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 62% of students at DePaul take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,816 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

There are 5,700 undergraduates at Northeastern Illinois University, of which 3,294 are full-time, and there are 7,423 students altogether. It takes the average Northeastern Illinois University undergraduate about 5.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 69%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 24% of students at Northeastern Illinois University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,073 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average 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 3,776, of which 1,744 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,424 are full-time. It takes the average University of Saint Francis undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 52%. Of the accepted students, 38% 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Saint Francis is $44,100.

#11

Western Illinois University

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

There are 5,958 undergraduates at WIU, of which 5,151 are full-time, and there are 7,624 students altogether. For undergraduates at WIU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

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

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,100 during the early-career years.

#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 32,324, of which 21,641 students are undergraduates and of those, 20,195 are full-time. For undergraduates at UIC, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

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

Students who graduate from UIC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Eastern Illinois University

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

There are 7,806 students at EIU in total, 6,229 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,990 are full-time. For undergraduates at EIU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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 4,104 undergraduates at Aurora, of which 3,679 are full-time, and there are 6,246 students altogether. It takes the average Aurora undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,043 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

The total student population at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is 13,061, of which 10,400 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,615 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SIUE is 4.6 years.

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

56% of SIUE students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SIUE is $36,100.

#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 6,359, of which 4,274 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,542 are full-time. It takes the average Lewis undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,932 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lewis is $40,700.

#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 17,159 students at Loyola Chicago in total, 12,240 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 11,622 are full-time. It takes the average Loyola Chicago undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,273 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,700 during the early-career years.

#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 4,071, of which 2,381 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,965 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Roosevelt is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Around 34% of accepted students 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Roosevelt is $36,800.

#19

McKendree University

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

The total student population at McKendree University is 2,292, of which 1,788 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,484 are full-time. For undergraduates at McKendree, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,790 a year. McKendree has a 6.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from McKendree with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Rasmussen University - Illinois

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

There are 2,125 students at Rasmussen University - Illinois in total, 2,103 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,156 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

83% of Rasmussen University - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,328 a year. Rasmussen University - 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 University - 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 3,453 students at Elmhurst in total, 2,891 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,722 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. 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 student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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 22,448, of which 8,682 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,284 are full-time. It takes the average Northwestern undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The acceptance rate at Northwestern is 9%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $58,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 1,005 undergraduates at Trinity Christian, of which 837 are full-time, and there are 1,068 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.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,001 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Trinity Christian is $38,300.

#24

Bradley University

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

The total student population at Bradley University is 5,929, of which 4,636 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,508 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Bradley. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

72% of Bradley students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,917 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

The total student population at North Central College is 2,888, of which 2,615 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,538 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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.

68% of North Central students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,409 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from North Central is $37,700.

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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