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156 Colleges
171,841 Yearly Graduations
$78,584 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,790 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Illinois ranked #5 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2021. Around 171,841 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $19,646 per year to get their degree at a college in Illinois, while out of state students will pay an average of $21,108 per year.

About 44% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,948 per year.

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Public Public vs. Private
15,117 Yearly Degrees
$17,634 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 33,683 undergraduates at UIUC, of which 32,107 are full-time, and there are 52,679 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 63%. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,531 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $59,402 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
12,793 Yearly Degrees
$20,250 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 29,481 students at Chamberlain - Illinois in total, 14,851 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,100 are full-time. It takes the average Chamberlain - Illinois undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 9% of accepted students are men, and 91% are women.

95% of Chamberlain - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,939 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Chamberlain - Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $72,210 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
9,192 Yearly Degrees
$60,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northwestern University is 22,603, of which 8,559 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,095 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

This a very selective school with only 9% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Roughly 23% of students at Northwestern take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,696 a year. Northwestern has a 0.6% 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 $67,867 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
8,910 Yearly Degrees
$15,603 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 33,518 students at UIC in total, 21,921 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 20,023 are full-time. For undergraduates at UIC, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,510 a year. UIC has a 2.5% 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 UIC is $49,099.

#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,805 Yearly Degrees
$60,963 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,056 undergraduates at UChicago, of which 7,020 are full-time, and there are 17,834 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1.

The acceptance rate at UChicago is 7%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

Roughly 7% of students at UChicago take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,954 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UChicago with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $62,671 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,382 Yearly Degrees
$42,012 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,922 students at DePaul in total, 14,145 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,776 are full-time. For undergraduates at DePaul, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at DePaul take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,482 a year. DePaul has a 3.7% 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 DePaul is $51,054.

#7

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
5,907 Yearly Degrees
$13,968 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,987 undergraduates at Illinois State, of which 16,666 are full-time, and there are 20,720 students altogether. It takes the average Illinois State undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

60% of Illinois State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,413 a year. Illinois State has a 3.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Illinois State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,399 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,548 Yearly Degrees
$47,808 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,893 students at Loyola Chicago in total, 11,612 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 10,924 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 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

61% of Loyola Chicago students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,165 a year. Loyola Chicago has a 2.7% 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 $52,854.

#9

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
4,729 Yearly Degrees
$15,032 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,174 undergraduates at DeVry University - Illinois, of which 6,979 are full-time, and there are 20,832 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

About 44% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

89% of DeVry University - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,676 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from DeVry University - Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,018 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
4,499 Yearly Degrees
$14,738 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,277 undergraduates at NIU, of which 10,472 are full-time, and there are 16,769 students altogether. For undergraduates at NIU, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 59%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

69% of NIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,741 a year. NIU has a 5.9% 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 $43,408 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
4,317 Yearly Degrees
$12,418 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,830 undergraduates at AIU Online, of which 11,471 are full-time, and there are 15,415 students altogether. It takes the average AIU Online undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 78% of students at AIU Online take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,465 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,315 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
3,453 Yearly Degrees
$15,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,299 undergraduates at SIUC, of which 6,796 are full-time, and there are 11,366 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 55% of students at SIUC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,770 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SIUC is $39,852.

#13

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
3,247 Yearly Degrees
$11,496 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,860 students at SIUE in total, 9,942 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,071 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

52% of SIUE students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,227 a year. SIUE has a 5.2% 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 $40,915 during the early-career years.

#14

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,259 Yearly Degrees
$26,760 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,158 undergraduates at Aurora, of which 3,822 are full-time, and there are 6,265 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Aurora is 4.3 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at Aurora take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,194 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 Aurora with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,368 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,258 Yearly Degrees
$9,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,255 full-time undergraduates at COD, and 21,010 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,805 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from COD is $35,559.

#16

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,175 Yearly Degrees
$14,169 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,402 students at NLU in total, 3,604 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,564 are full-time. It takes the average NLU undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,102 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NLU is $37,382.

#17

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,171 Yearly Degrees
$13,297 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,854 undergraduates at WIU, of which 4,999 are full-time, and there are 7,490 students altogether. It takes the average WIU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

64% of WIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,055 a year. WIU has a 7.9% 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 WIU is $40,223.

#18

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,044 Yearly Degrees
$50,375 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,325 students at Illinois Tech in total, 3,122 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,816 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Illinois Tech is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 68% of accepted students are men, and 32% are women.

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,225 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Illinois Tech is $63,663.

#19

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,027 Yearly Degrees
$9,870 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,405 full-time undergraduates at Harper College, and 12,199 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,297 a year. Harper College has a 7.8% 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 Harper College is $36,928.

#20

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,010 Yearly Degrees
$34,310 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,491 students at Concordia University, Chicago in total, 1,538 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,284 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at Concordia University, Chicago take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,410 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,415 during the early-career years.

#21

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,991 Yearly Degrees
$8,118 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,131 full-time undergraduates at MVCC, and 11,026 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 9% of students at MVCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,855 a year. MVCC has a 6.9% 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 MVCC is $32,650.

#22

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,943 Yearly Degrees
$32,280 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,299 undergraduates at Benedictine U, of which 1,939 are full-time, and there are 3,779 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Benedictine U is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

58% of Benedictine U students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,033 a year. Benedictine U has a 4.9% 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 $44,569 during the early-career years.

#23

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,884 Yearly Degrees
$12,297 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,626 students at EIU in total, 6,969 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,082 are full-time. For undergraduates at EIU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,098 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,262 during the early-career years.

#24

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,867 Yearly Degrees
$35,472 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,437 students at Lewis in total, 4,306 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,484 are full-time. It takes the average Lewis undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,897 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lewis is $50,643.

#25

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,841 Yearly Degrees
$12,064 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,119 students at Northeastern Illinois University in total, 5,220 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,019 are full-time. For undergraduates at Northeastern Illinois University, the average graduation time is 5.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 25% of students at Northeastern Illinois University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,100 a year. Northeastern Illinois University has a 7.0% 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 $39,609 during the early-career years.

Other Illinois Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Bradley University 1,675
27 Roosevelt University 1,639
28 Joliet Junior College 1,517
29 Columbia College Chicago 1,409
30 Olivet Nazarene University 1,335
31 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College 1,283
32 College of Lake County 1,249
33 Governors State University 1,247
34 Elgin Community College 1,169
35 University of Illinois at Springfield 1,083
36 University of St Francis 1,069
37 Southwestern Illinois College 1,054
38 Waubonsee Community College 1,042
39 Elmhurst University 1,021
40 Saint Xavier University 978
41 Illinois Central College 971
42 Rock Valley College 953
43 Triton College 943
44 Augustana College 914
45 Midwestern University - Downers Grove 910
46 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College 899
47 Parkland College 893
48 Dominican University 876
49 North Central College 874
50 Wheaton College Illinois 857
51 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 844
52 Rush University 815
53 Lincoln Land Community College 798
54 McHenry County College 770
55 Oakton Community College 745
56 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College 739
57 Rasmussen University - Illinois 730
58 North Park University 713
59 Moody Bible Institute 706
60 McKendree University 674
61 Lewis and Clark Community College 663
62 Lake Land College 652
63 Heartland Community College 637
64 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 632
65 Chicago State University 511
66 Millikin University 503
67 Adler University 500
68 Oak Point University 495
69 Rend Lake College 482
70 Black Hawk College 479
71 Morton College 464
72 Lake Forest College 462
73 John Wood Community College 434
74 Prairie State College 422
75 Kaskaskia College 418
76 Kishwaukee College 412
77 Illinois Valley Community College 407
78 John A Logan College 397
79 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago 393
79 Illinois Wesleyan University 393
81 Kankakee Community College 386
82 City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College 385
83 Carl Sandburg College 362
84 Trinity Christian College 360
85 City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College 333
86 Rockford University 332
87 Trinity International University - Illinois 331
88 Richland Community College 330
89 Greenville University 325
90 South Suburban College 323
91 Knox College 318
92 Judson University 298
93 Illinois College 296
94 Fox College 293
95 Quincy University 270
96 Danville Area Community College 269
97 Olney Central College 264
98 Shawnee Community College 246
99 Monmouth College 242
100 Highland Community College 230
101 City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College 223
102 Sauk Valley Community College 222
103 Spoon River College 221
104 Lincoln College 212
105 Saint Augustine College 193
106 Methodist College 186
106 Lincoln Christian University 186
108 Southeastern Illinois College 172
109 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 163
110 Wabash Valley College 160
111 National University of Health Sciences 158
112 Erikson Institute 155
113 City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College 153
114 Lincoln Trail College 145
115 Eureka College 143
116 Lincoln College of Technology - Melrose Park 137
117 Illinois College of Optometry 126
118 Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 122
119 Northwestern College - Bridgeview 119
120 Stautzenberger College - Rockford Career College 113
121 Blackburn College 103
122 Principia College 102
123 Frontier Community College 94
124 Saint Anthony College of Nursing 93
125 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 85
125 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 85
127 Midwestern Career College 84
128 Taylor Business Institute 83
129 Catholic Theological Union at Chicago 68
129 Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary 68
131 Hebrew Theological College 67
132 Northern Baptist Theological Seminary 65
133 Worsham College of Mortuary Science 64
134 East-West University 62
135 Lakeview College of Nursing 61
136 SAE Institute - Chicago 60
137 St. John’s College 57
138 VanderCook College of Music 52
139 McCormick Theological Seminary 49
139 Chicago Theological Seminary 49
141 University of Saint Mary of the Lake 47
142 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 45
142 MacCormac College 45
144 American Academy of Art 34
145 Ambria College of Nursing 29
146 Spertus College 28
146 Pacific College of Health and Science 28
148 Morrison Institute of Technology 26
149 Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation 20
150 Institute for Clinical Social Work 19
151 Coyne College 16
152 Meadville Lombard Theological School 14
153 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine - Evanston 10
154 Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago 3
154 Telshe Yeshiva - Chicago 3
156 American Islamic College 2

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