# Illinois Colleges

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.

## Most Popular Schools in Illinois

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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