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162 Colleges
172,345 Yearly Graduations
$74,142 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,887 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2018, 172,345 students received a degree from a college in Illinois, making it rank #6 in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Illinois is $18,535 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $19,962 a year.

About 47% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,972 per year.

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Public Public vs. Private
13,627 Yearly Degrees
$15,068 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 32,613 full-time undergraduates at UIUC, and 48,216 students altogether. It takes the average UIUC undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. 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 2.2% 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 $47,100 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
11,483 Yearly Degrees
$13,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Chamberlain University - Illinois is 27,099, of which 2,963 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Chamberlain - Illinois undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 16% are men and 84% are women.

70% of Chamberlain - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,286 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Chamberlain - Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $67,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
8,518 Yearly Degrees
$54,120 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Northwestern University is 22,008, of which 8,205 students are full-time undergraduates. Northwestern U has a freshman retention rate of 98%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

Roughly 17% of students at Northwestern U take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,994 a year. Northwestern U 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.

Public Public vs. Private
7,689 Yearly Degrees
$13,612 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 17,961 full-time undergraduates at UIC, and 30,539 students altogether. 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.

Roughly 34% of students at UIC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,430 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.6% 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.

#5

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,371 Yearly Degrees
$19,032 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 22,769 students at DePaul in total, 12,886 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at DePaul is 4.2 years.

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 typical student loan amount is $6,816 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,100 during the early-career years.

#6

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
5,719 Yearly Degrees
$7,677 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Illinois State University is 20,784, of which 17,165 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Illinois State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

61% of Illinois State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,729 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,704 Yearly Degrees
$57,759 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Chicago is 16,227, of which 6,288 students are full-time undergraduates. UChicago has a freshman retention rate of 99%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

Roughly 10% of students at UChicago take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,140 a year. UChicago has a 0.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UChicago with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $54,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
5,144 Yearly Degrees
$11,904 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 18,045 students at NIU in total, 11,788 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NIU is 4.6 years.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

72% of NIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,177 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#9

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,136 Yearly Degrees
$18,594 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Loyola University Chicago is 16,673, of which 10,681 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Loyola Chicago, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,273 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

Public Public vs. Private
4,668 Yearly Degrees
$11,268 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 14,554 students at SIUC in total, 9,455 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at SIUC, the average graduation time 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 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SIUC is $33,200.

#11

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
4,317 Yearly Degrees
$16,852 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,234 full-time undergraduates at DeVry University - Illinois, and 16,964 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at DeVry University - Illinois is 4.4 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

91% of DeVry University - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,569 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,600 during the early-career years.

#12

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
3,461 Yearly Degrees
$6,925 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is 13,796, of which 9,550 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

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

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,916 a year. SIUE has a 6.3% 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 SIUE is $36,100.

#13

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,673 Yearly Degrees
$7,767 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,441 students at WIU in total, 6,668 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average WIU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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 average amount of student loans is $7,077 a year. WIU has a 8.4% 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 $35,100.

#14

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,555 Yearly Degrees
$29,328 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,631 full-time undergraduates at Illinois Tech, and 7,164 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Illinois Tech is 90%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 64% are men and 36% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at Illinois Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,010 a year. Illinois Tech 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 Illinois Tech is $55,800.

#15

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,537 Yearly Degrees

There are 8,510 full-time undergraduates at COD, and 26,165 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

14% of COD students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,089 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,500 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,288 Yearly Degrees
$20,361 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,019 full-time undergraduates at AIU Online, and 9,699 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 32 to 1.

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,874 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from AIU Online is $27,700.

#16

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,288 Yearly Degrees
$7,176 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,319 full-time undergraduates at EIU, and 7,030 students altogether. 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. The student loan default rate of 6.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#18

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,279 Yearly Degrees

There are 14,620 students at MVCC in total, 5,942 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

11% of MVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,275 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,000 during the early-career years.

#19

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,023 Yearly Degrees
$17,883 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,473 full-time undergraduates at Benedictine U, and 5,100 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Benedictine U is 4.3 years.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

69% of Benedictine U students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,122 a year. Benedictine U has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Benedictine U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
2,023 Yearly Degrees
$7,273 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,164 full-time undergraduates at Northeastern Illinois University, and 8,984 students altogether. It takes the average Northeastern Illinois University undergraduate about 5.2 years to complete their degree.

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

24% of Northeastern Illinois University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,073 a year. Northeastern Illinois University has a 6.6% 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.

#21

Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,973 Yearly Degrees
$8,910 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,755 students at Concordia University Chicago in total, 1,299 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Concordia University Chicago is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,864 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,900 during the early-career years.

#22

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,935 Yearly Degrees
$14,400 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,506 students at Lewis in total, 3,687 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Lewis is 4.4 years.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students 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. The student loan default rate of 4.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,700 during the early-career years.

#23

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,877 Yearly Degrees
$12,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,461 full-time undergraduates at Aurora, and 5,833 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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. Aurora has a 4.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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.

#24

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,801 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,924 full-time undergraduates at Joliet Junior College, and 14,910 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,495 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Joliet Junior College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,783 Yearly Degrees
$1,151 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Columbia College Chicago is 7,312, of which 6,436 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Columbia undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at Columbia take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,956 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Columbia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Illinois Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 William Rainey Harper College 1,754
27 National Louis University 1,729
28 Olivet Nazarene University 1,635
29 Governors State University 1,551
30 University of Illinois at Springfield 1,547
31 Roosevelt University 1,483
32 College of Lake County 1,464
33 Bradley University 1,449
34 Southwestern Illinois College 1,254
35 City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College 1,250
36 Elgin Community College 1,147
37 Waubonsee Community College 1,134
38 Illinois Central College 1,122
39 Dominican University 1,120
40 Elmhurst College 1,108
41 Saint Xavier University 1,092
42 City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College 1,044
43 Robert Morris University Illinois 1,042
44 University of St Francis 1,034
45 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1,005
46 Rock Valley College 994
47 Lincoln Land Community College 939
48 Augustana College 930
49 North Central College 914
50 Lake Land College 898
51 Parkland College 882
52 Triton College 879
53 Midwestern University - Downers Grove 851
54 Wheaton College Illinois 844
55 Chicago State University 828
56 Oakton Community College 821
57 Moody Bible Institute 798
58 North Park University 784
59 Lewis and Clark Community College 755
60 Rush University 753
61 McKendree University 743
62 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 697
63 Heartland Community College 687
64 McHenry County College 655
65 City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College 620
66 Black Hawk College 545
67 City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College 503
68 Lake Forest College 502
69 Rend Lake College 494
70 Illinois Valley Community College 487
71 John A Logan College 486
72 Kaskaskia College 484
73 Kishwaukee College 480
74 Morton College 456
75 City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College 454
76 Rasmussen College - Illinois 451
77 Millikin University 442
78 Illinois Wesleyan University 438
79 Resurrection University 426
80 Prairie State College 419
81 Richland Community College 391
82 Kankakee Community College 389
83 Trinity International University - Illinois 387
84 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago 374
85 Adler University 373
85 Danville Area Community College 373
87 Judson University 369
88 Carl Sandburg College 358
89 Rockford University 348
90 Greenville University 342
91 Trinity Christian College 340
92 Monmouth College 333
93 Knox College 329
94 City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College 319
95 The John Marshall Law School 318
96 Saint Augustine College 317
97 South Suburban College 309
97 John Wood Community College 309
99 Olney Central College 294
100 Shawnee Community College 278
101 Quincy University 277
102 Illinois College 269
103 Highland Community College 264
104 Fox College 248
105 City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College 234
106 Sauk Valley Community College 230
107 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 226
108 Southeastern Illinois College 225
109 Spoon River College 202
110 Lincoln Christian University 200
111 Eureka College 190
112 Lincoln College 186
113 Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus 182
114 Wabash Valley College 175
115 National University of Health Sciences 156
116 Lincoln College of Technology-Melrose Park 153
116 Illinois College of Optometry 153
118 Methodist College 150
119 Principia College 139
120 Blackburn College 134
121 Frontier Community College 132
122 Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 125
123 Lincoln Trail College 119
124 Lakeview College of Nursing 111
125 Madison Media Institute-Rockford Career College 107
126 Erikson Institute 99
127 Saint Anthony College of Nursing 89
127 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 89
129 University of Saint Mary of the Lake 82
129 VanderCook College of Music 82
131 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 78
132 Catholic Theological Union at Chicago 76
133 Hebrew Theological College 74
134 SAE Institute of Technology-Chicago 71
135 Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary 70
136 University of Phoenix - Illinois 67
137 East-West University 64
138 St. John’s College 61
139 Vatterott College-Fairview Heights 57
140 American Academy of Art 53
141 Flashpoint Chicago, a Campus of Columbia College Hollywood 51
141 Ambria College of Nursing 51
143 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 50
144 Northern Baptist Theological Seminary 49
145 MacCormac College 45
145 McCormick Theological Seminary 45
147 Coyne College 44
148 Worsham College of Mortuary Science 43
149 Chicago Theological Seminary 34
150 Morrison Institute of Technology 29
151 Midwestern Career College 28
152 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 26
153 Meadville Lombard Theological School 25
154 Spertus College 24
155 Taylor Business Institute 19
156 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine - Evanston 16
157 Institute for Clinical Social Work 11
158 Vatterott College-Quincy 10
158 Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation 10
160 Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago 5
160 American Islamic College 5
162 Telshe Yeshiva - Chicago 1

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