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2021 Best Nursing Schools in Illinois

77 Colleges
$67,215 Avg Salary
$24,483 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Nursing School for You

Out of the majors we analyze each year, nursing was the most popular one in Illinois. In total, 20,702 people earned a degree or certificate in the field from a school in Illinois.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Nursing Schools in Illinois ranking. Our analysis looked at 77 schools in Illinois to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Nursing Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for nursing majors pursuing a .

Top 15% Best Nursing Schools

Our analysis found Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science to be the best school for nursing students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Located in the large suburb of North Chicago, RFUMS is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#2

Ambria College of Nursing

Hoffman Estates, IL

The excellent programs at Ambria College of Nursing helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Illinois. Located in the city of Hoffman Estates, Ambria College of Nursing is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Chamberlain University - Illinois. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Illinois list. Chamberlain - Illinois is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Addison.

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#4

Resurrection University

Chicago, IL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Resurrection University is a great place for nursing students. Resurrection University is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Nursing majors at Resurrection University take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 77 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois State University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Illinois State take out is $29,006. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $324, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Graham Hospital School of Nursing landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Located in the town of Canton, Graham Hospital School of Nursing is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Nursing majors at Graham Hospital School of Nursing take out an average of $21,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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With a ranking of #8, University of St Francis did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Joliet.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from University of Saint Francis carry an average student debtload of $31,951. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $354.

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#9

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Lewis University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools in Illinois ranking. Lewis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Romeoville.

Nursing majors at Lewis take out an average of $40,270 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $454.

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Loyola University Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Loyola Chicago take out is $43,250. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $488.

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Rasmussen College - Illinois ranked #11 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Illinois list. Located in the city of Rockford, Rasmussen College - Illinois is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Nursing students in the state of Illinois that almost earned our Best Nursing Schools in Illinois award.

Rank College Location
12 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
13 St. John’s College Springfield, IL
14 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL
15 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL

Best Nursing Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 7,084
Ohio 14,281
Indiana 8,493
Wisconsin 5,014

One of 34 majors within the area of study, nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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