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Colleges in Illinois

The Land of Lincoln offers a wide range of educational settings, from the bustle of the Windy City to quiet rural and suburban areas. There are 146 colleges in Illinois, 60 public and 86 private, offering a wide range of programs and majors. Illinois has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and "very large" ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between, including community colleges, in urban and rural environments.


According to Jamie P., a student at the University of Illinois, "The best part of going to school in Illinois is the diversity. Illinois is predominantly rural, but Chicago is very accessible and a great place to hang out on weekends. The weather is never too hot or too cold, but is dynamic enough to keep it interesting. Illinois colleges are also world-renown. You can meet international students from China, France, and Australia on the same street."


Northwestern University in Evanston is a large, private Illinois college with about 19,000 students. Evanston is a beautiful college town, full of unusual shops, fantastic restaurants, and cultural events. Northwestern is known for its great pre-medical program and is a member of the Big Ten. In the 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges as determined by the U.S. News & World Report, Northwestern ranked 12th in the country.


If you're looking to enjoy a phenomenal education while being surrounded by a lively city atmosphere, the University of Chicago, located in the heart of the city, may be the school for you. Known for the out-of-the-ordinary essay questions on its application, the University of Chicago educates 15,000 of the country's most promising students each year.


If you're interested in becoming an engineer, Illinois is definitely the place for you. The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is home to one of the nation's finest engineering programs. From biological to physics engineering, UIUC offers the latest in classroom and laboratory engineering experiences.


Other Illinois colleges include Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois State University in Normal, and many, many more.


Cappex has tons of resources for students considering a college in Illinois, including plenty of ways to help you find and apply for scholarships. Begin by browsing the complete list of colleges and universities below.


Colleges in Illinois

School Scholarships Available
Adler School of Professional Psychology No scholarships
Augustana College - Illinois 22 scholarships
Aurora University 11 scholarships
Benedictine University 13 scholarships
Black Hawk College 1 scholarships
Blackburn College 10 scholarships
Blessing Rieman College of Nursing No scholarships
Bradley University 12 scholarships
Carl Sandburg College No scholarships
Catholic Theological Union at Chicago No scholarships
Chicago State University 2 scholarships
Chicago Theological Seminary No scholarships
Christian Life College No scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College 5 scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College 1 scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College 4 scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College 9 scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College 1 scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College 5 scholarships
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College 1 scholarships
College of DuPage No scholarships
College of Lake County 3 scholarships
Columbia College Chicago 44 scholarships
Concordia University-Chicago No scholarships
Danville Area Community College No scholarships
DePaul University 15 scholarships
Dominican University 8 scholarships
East-West University 10 scholarships
Eastern Illinois University 279 scholarships
Elgin Community College No scholarships
Elmhurst College 13 scholarships
Erikson Institute 4 scholarships
Eureka College 21 scholarships
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary No scholarships
Governors State University 30 scholarships
Greenville College 19 scholarships
Harper College 6 scholarships
Heartland Community College 32 scholarships
Hebrew Theological College 4 scholarships
Highland Community College No scholarships
Illinois Central College No scholarships
Illinois College 7 scholarships
Illinois College of Optometry No scholarships
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll No scholarships
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College No scholarships
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College No scholarships
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College No scholarships
Illinois Institute of Technology 13 scholarships
Illinois State University 33 scholarships
Illinois Valley Community College No scholarships
Illinois Wesleyan University 3 scholarships
Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship No scholarships
Institute for Clinical Social Work No scholarships
John A Logan College No scholarships
John Hancock University No scholarships
John Wood Community College No scholarships
Joliet Junior College No scholarships
Judson University 14 scholarships
Kankakee Community College No scholarships
Kaskaskia College No scholarships
Kishwaukee College No scholarships
Knowledge Systems Institute No scholarships
Knox College 19 scholarships
Lake Forest College 15 scholarships
Lake Forest Graduate School of Management No scholarships
Lake Land College No scholarships
Lakeview College of Nursing No scholarships
Lewis and Clark Community College 2 scholarships
Lewis University 9 scholarships
Lexington College 17 scholarships
Lincoln Christian University 8 scholarships
Lincoln College 4 scholarships
Lincoln Land Community College No scholarships
Loyola University Chicago 30 scholarships
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago No scholarships
MacMurray College 14 scholarships
McCormick Theological Seminary No scholarships
McHenry County College No scholarships
McKendree University 10 scholarships
Meadville Lombard Theological School No scholarships
Methodist College No scholarships
Midwestern University-Downers Grove 1 scholarships
Millikin University 11 scholarships
Monmouth College 13 scholarships
Moody Bible Institute No scholarships
Moraine Valley Community College No scholarships
Morton College No scholarships
National Louis University 4 scholarships
National University of Health Sciences No scholarships
North Central College 42 scholarships
North Park University 9 scholarships
Northeastern Illinois University 62 scholarships
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary No scholarships
Northern Illinois University 264 scholarships
NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia 3 scholarships
Northwestern University 1 scholarships
Oakton Community College 7 scholarships
Olivet Nazarene University 3 scholarships
Parkland College No scholarships
Prairie State College No scholarships
Principia College 6 scholarships
Quincy University 12 scholarships
Rend Lake College No scholarships
Resurrection University No scholarships
Richland Community College No scholarships
Robert Morris University Illinois 2 scholarships
Rock Valley College No scholarships
Rockford University 5 scholarships
Roosevelt University 4 scholarships
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science No scholarships
Rush University No scholarships
Saint Anthony College of Nursing No scholarships
Saint Augustine College 2 scholarships
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing No scholarships
Saint Xavier University 9 scholarships
Sauk Valley Community College No scholarships
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 4 scholarships
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary No scholarships
Shawnee Community College No scholarships
Shimer College 15 scholarships
SIU Edwardsville 8 scholarships
South Suburban College No scholarships
Southeastern Illinois College No scholarships
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 561 scholarships
Southwestern Illinois College No scholarships
Spertus College No scholarships
Spoon River College No scholarships
St Johns College No scholarships
Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago No scholarships
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago No scholarships
The John Marshall Law School No scholarships
Trinity Christian College 47 scholarships
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 5 scholarships
Trinity International University-Illinois 31 scholarships
Triton College No scholarships
University of Chicago 7 scholarships
University of Illinois at Chicago 40 scholarships
University of Illinois at Springfield 7 scholarships
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 876 scholarships
University of Saint Mary of the Lake No scholarships
University of St Francis 11 scholarships
Urbana Theological Seminary No scholarships
VanderCook College of Music 11 scholarships
Waubonsee Community College No scholarships
Western Illinois University 363 scholarships
Wheaton College 9 scholarships