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2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois

26 Colleges
$47,461 Avg Salary
$96,540 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology School for You

In 2018-2019, 1,761 degrees and certificates were awarded to clinical, counseling and applied psychology students who went to a Illinois college or university. This makes it the #26 most popular major in the state.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 26 schools in Illinois to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois

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

Top 10 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Our analysis found University of Chicago to be the best school for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from UChicago take out $15,250 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $158, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

Out of the 26 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Aurora University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Aurora, Aurora is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Aurora take out is $33,070. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $385.

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Out of the 26 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Chicago, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago take out $127,782 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,489, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Northwestern University is a great place for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, clinical psychology majors at Northwestern U accumulate an average of around $138,917 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,619.

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Loyola University Chicago came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois ranking. Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Loyola Chicago take out is $61,686. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $719, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Adler University

Chicago, IL

Adler University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, Adler is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Adler take out $215,454 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,511, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Illinois State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population.

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#9

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Elmhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elmhurst.

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#10

North Park University

Chicago, IL

North Park University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in Illinois ranking. North Park is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 693
Ohio 850
Indiana 585
Wisconsin 406

Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,917
Child Development & Psychology 13,150
Other Psychology 3,056

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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