Colleges in Chicago

Colleges in Chicago

The City of Chicago is the third most populous city in the world, has been named an alpha global city with one of the highest GDPs in the world, and is home to more than 100 institutions of higher learning. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the city that erected the first skyscraper, formed the idea for public junior colleges, and has nurtured 28 sister city relationships with countries across the globe. Chi-town is known for its diverse economy, which adds to the city’s stability, but it’s also a major world financial center, a hub of the retail sector, and a major world convention center destination.

The Windy City claims several nationally-ranked institutions, including the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The postsecondary institutions run the gamut between public, private, for-profit, nonprofit, graduate, and 2-year options, the last of which includes the City Colleges of Chicago, a collection of 2-year colleges that serve more than 80,000 students in the Chicagoland area, and Joliet Junior College, the first public, junior college in the US.

UIC’s College of Medicine is the second-largest medical school in the nation, with a country-premier medical center, and is in good company. The Medical District also hosts Lurie Children’s Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, as well as many others.  

Deemed one of the most walkable cities in the nation, Chicago is laid out in a grid pattern and has an elevated public transport system, the “L,” as well as an underground subway, and Divvy bike sharing stations. There are a number of Metra train lines, as well as O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, along with Midway International Airport.
 

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Founded in 1890, The University of Chicago is a private urban research institution. U of Chicago is home to an undergraduate college noteworthy for establishing the fields of Ecology and Sociology. In addition to classroom facilities, the U of...

“…The classes are very educational and require a lot of focus. The best part is the university understands this, and so there are a lot of opportunities to get help from free tutors and TA's almost every day throughout the quarter. ” – Faisal from Los Angeles, CA

Northwestern University is a 4-year private research institution in the Chicagoland area. Northwestern is home to 12 colleges and schools and is renowned for its Medill School of Journalism, Kellogg School of Management, and Bienen School of Music....

“…If you can to learn, you will. The professors don't spoon-feed information - instead, they give you the tools to learn the subjects yourself. Also, just hanging out with people (students, and sometimes students hang out with professors) helps you...” – Allison from Port Barrington, IL

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

“…I have just recently transferred to DePaul University in June of this year. I have taken 3 summer classes and found I am able to graduate almost 6 months early due to the University's flexible and accomodating class requirements. In three months I...” – Ashley from Chicago, IL

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

“…As a nursing student at Loyola University I was immediately enrolled in classes directly related to my major. The teachers for my nursing classes encouraged me to take initiative in getting involved early within the nursing field. They taught me...” – Heather

Created by the merger of Lewis Institute and Armour Institute, The Illinois Institute of Technology is a scientific and technical research institution in Chicago. IIT hosts eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 40 fields...

“…Students that attend IIT go to study and become future leaders, not to fool around or party. I am currently learning so much from the architecture program. The professors are practicing architects and although I just ended my first semester, I feel...” – Christian from Elgin, IL

Founded by evangelical abolitionists, Wheaton College is a Christian liberal arts college in the Chicagoland area. Wheaton College confers over 40 bachelor’s degrees and offers a Bible-centered general education program called Christ at the Core....

“…The profs are great- very good teachers, love what they're doing, and really want to help you succeed.” – Andy from Wheaton, IL

Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian institution in Chicago affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park is home to six colleges and schools as well as a seminary conferring degrees in over 60 undergrad and graduate...

“…It is very easy to learn everything you need to know at this school. The largest class size is 25 max. Your professors are always available to help you when you need extra help. ” – Shellye from las vegas, NV

Benedictine University was founded in 1887 by Benedectine monks. It is a private institution that has a “selective” admissions process and bases its curriculum on Roman Catholic teachings. It is home to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum which houses...

“…It is a small university. There is a lot of interaction between the professors and students. Professors are extremely nice and helpful, and they would help you anytime. This way i am learning a lot in every single course i am taking. ” – Mirza from Naperville, IL

Founded in 1867, Chicago State University is a coeducational public institution based in Chicago, Illinois. CSU is a member of both the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Chicago State...

“…chicago state university is perfect for any minority student who is conscious about fitting in with their peers. the teachers are very proactive and thorough when it comes to assisting a student with a dilemma. chicago state university's councilors...” – Juan from Chicago, IL

Named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor, Roosevelt University is a 4-year private school in Chicago with a dedication to social justice. Roosevelt grants undergraduate degrees in 60 academic majors at both its downtown and...

“…The students ans staff are great. Everyone is friendly, and willing to help in whatever they can.” – Nancy from Chicago, IL

Established in 1886, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an art school affiliated with the Art Institute and one of the oldest design schools in the nation. SAIC confers bachelor’s degrees in Art Education, Studio, Writing, Art History, and...

“…If there is anything I am learning about the art world at SAIC, its everything! Experimenting in different mediums and art types is daily routine. Film, sculpture, plaster, and sound are just a few things that I have dipped my hands into since being...” – Cassie from Papillion, NE

Northeastern Illinois University is a public, Hispanic-Serving Institution located in Chicago, Illinois. NEIU offers a Tuition Guarantee Program for all students up to six years. The school is home to the longest running community radio station in...

“…Northeastern has a very comfortable environment. Teachers that you don't even have will ask you about your day and classes, they'll even offer any help that you would need. As well with the students, everyone is very talkative and welcoming. ” – Migdalia from Chicago, IL

Lake Forest College is a private liberal arts college located north of Chicago, Illinois, near Lake Michigan. The school offers over 200 study abroad programs in places such as Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Poland, and Vietnam. Top fields of study...

“…If you really want to learn, then you should consider Lake Forest College. Its small class sizes enables for the students to easily establish a relationship with the professor. When one’s stuck, they could easily talk to the professor because (1)...” – Kelly

Lewis University is a private institution based in Romeoville, Illinois. The university operates two regional sites in Oak Brook and Tinley Park, as well as a satellite campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The school is affiliated with the Roman...

“…Lewis is an amazing school. There are many different types of majors and degrees offered and it has the top rated Aviation and Nursing programs in the Midwest. Lewis is a small, close knit and friendly community.” – Martina from Burbank, IL

The College of DuPage is a two-year community college situated in the suburban town of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The school has an open admissions policy and nontraditional students can gain college credits based on life experience. Top fields of study...

“…This college has surprisingly good academics. I wasn’t expecting much from a junior college, but COD really delivers. They offer a wide variety of courses and a high quality curriculum. The professors are competent and helpful. I have heard of some...” – Benjamin from Carol Stream, IL

North Central College is a private, liberal arts school located in Naperville, IL. Founded in 1861, the institution has gone from serving the needs of Civil War soldiers to offering 70 majors, minors, and programs catering to today’s undergraduates....

“…The classes have been small and very informative. I have had no problems scheduling classes when I want them or changing time/day if I need to. I was also allowed to apply to the teacher education program before starting my sophomore year. The...” – Tyler from Sandwich, IL

Saint Xavier University is a private four-year institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. SXU operates two campuses, one in a residential neighborhood of Chicago and a second in suburban Orland Park, Illinois. The school provides a...

“…I like Saint Xavier because the classes are smaller and it is easy access to get in touch with the teacher. They help you if you have questions and it is more intimate where you can get that one on one needed sometimes.” – Victoria from University Park, IL

Governors State University is a public, 4-year institution established south of Chicago in University Park, Illinois. GSU offers programs of study ranging from certificates in Digital Forensics to doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy. The college...

“…I believe that Governors State University is a great school. They have great professors. The counselors are great and are always available when you need help with financial needs and career planing.” – Kyndria from Chicago, IL

Trinity Christian College is a private liberal arts institution located in the wooded suburb of Palos Heights, IL, offering degrees in three areas, Arts & Humanities, Natural & Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences. All programs require an internship...

“…The professors at Trinity are rather wonderful. You can learn a lot from them in and out of the classroom. I have learned a lot of other cultures from international students and by talking to students from across the nation. ” – Christine from Wheaton, IL

Oakton Community College is a two-year college with two locations near Chicago’s North Shore, in Des Plaines and Skokie, Illinois. Offering 80 associate’s degrees and certificates, Oakton Community College offers facilities in the arts, health care,...

“…The professors are great and i do enjoy my time here! They have learning center where students can go and study with tutors.” – Khandkar from Niles, IL

The Moody Bible Institute is a school of higher education that was founded in 1886. Moody Bible focuses on Christian education including, but not limited to, biblical studies, divinity, and theology. Moody Bible has various spiritual enrichment...

“…Moody is renowned for its ability to teach the future generation solid, biblically based teaching and my experience so far has been just that. I came to MBI (the Spokane campus) with quite minimal knowledge of the Bible. In fact, I don't think I've...” – Ryan from Gilberts, IL

National Louis University is based in Chicago, IL, with satellite locations in Florida and abroad in Poland. NLU has historically stressed the importance of academics in early childhood education and founded the National Parent Teacher Association...

“…I have learned a alot since I have been attending NLU the professors are very nice and eager to help you with any questions you may have. My experience so far has been great the classroom setting is comfortable which helps make learning easier. The...” – Joyce from Chicago, IL

Prairie State College is a 2-year community college serving Chicago’s south suburbs by offering programs in five academic departments as well as an honors program. Students in Prairie State’s Dental Hygiene program assist in operating a clinic on...

“…Good place to start out of get some extra credit for other programs. ” – Bettenia from Homewood, IL

From its downtown Chicago location, East-West University is a 4-year institution in the heart of the midwest’s largest city featuring courses in seven academic departments as well as a liberal arts program conferring associate degrees. The university...

“…East-West University is a college where you can get all that you need. Although it's a small place, you see different races and cultures in one place. It's packed with majors that are on the market and thriving.” – Shirley from Chicago, IL

Originally housed in a local high school, Morton College is a 2-year institution and the second oldest community college in Illinois. Morton is home to eight academic departments offering associate degrees and certificate programs. Additionally,...

“…I absolutly love Morton College. The staff here actually cares about each individual student and does not act like the education of people should be treated as just a business.” – Zitlali from Chicago, IL

With campus a short walk from Grant Park and Millennium Park, Robert Morris University Illinois is a 4-year private school in Chicago. Named for a Revolutionary War-era financier, Robert Morris is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

“…I'm currently enrolled for my business degree. As this is my freshman year a lot of the classes are the gen ed. type but as I am moving on in my university career I am getting more and more into my major and starting to learn a lot! It's exciting and...” – Erica from Springfield, IL

Just a few miles from the Indiana/Illinois border, Indiana University-Northwest is a regional campus of IU located in the industrial city of Gary, IN. While IU-Northwest is affiliated with The Hoosier State’s biggest public university, it maintains a...

“…IUN offers a wide variety of classes, and has some of the best teacher I have ever had.” – Stephanie from East Chicago, IN

With five campus locations throughout Chicago, St. Augustine College is the first bilingual higher learning institution in the state of Illinois. Founded by the Episcopal diocese with a mission to celebrate the culture and deliver a college education...

Calumet College of Saint Joseph is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Whiting, Indiana, with satellite campuses in Chicago and Merrillville. The college offers degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels in 20...

“…calumet college of st. joseph is a great small school provides you with many opportunities in life. it can teach you many things that you have not learned yet. its student body is so welcoming, everybody gets along great.” – Patricia from Summit, IL

William Rainey Harper College is a public institution established in Palatine, Illinois. As the school is located in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs, Harper College serves one of the largest community college student populations in the US. New...

“…I can honestly say I have never been at a school where the teachers care so much about their students. My professors have always made themselves available for out of classroom assistance and are willing to go over tricky topics if you find yourself...” – Courtney from Wonder Lake, IL

Adler University is a graduate school focused on social change through professional psychology. The school operates two campuses, one in Vancouver, British Columbia, and one in Chicago, Illinois. Adler University offers only master and doctoral...

“…If you are interest in working with minorities group and marginalized communities Adler School is the indicated. Located in the middle of Chicago, Adler School offer a professional and diverse environment while you learn and share ideas with people...” – Jul@ from Puerto Rico

Formed by the unification of two Purdue campuses, Purdue University Northwest is a 4-year university in northwest Indiana. Located a short drive from Chicago, Purdue Northwest grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over 70 academic programs. For a...

Harold Washington College is a public, 2-year institution that is part of the City Colleges of Chicago system. HWC is home to a substantial catalog of associate and certificate programs, with its primary academic focus being business and applied...

“…Harold maybe a city college but the professors are passionate about their teaching and interaction with thier students. ” – Paulina from Chicago, IL

Malcolm X College is a  public, 2-year institution established in Chicago, Illinois. Academics at MXC are primarily focused on Health Sciences, with a wide variety of other subjects available as well. The campus features a newly-built, state-of-the...

“…Malcolm X College is a school that is zealous towards the attendants academic success. The Professors are enthusiastic and keen as well as the advisors. Malcolm X College has beyond any doubt set the pace for my college education.” – Latina from Riverside, IL

Located adjacent to the Illinois Institute of Technology campus on Chicago’s south side, the VanderCook College of Music is the only music teacher training institution in the United States. VanderCook’s educational curriculum culminates in a Bachelor...

“…VanderCook College of Music is a great learning environment. The students and faculty become more of a family, and they will be there to help you with anything whether it's related to school or not. VanderCook provides its students with a unique...” – Michelle from Romeoville, IL

Midwestern University in Downers Grove is a graduate-level medical school in the western suburbs of Chicago ranked 20th in the nation by US News & World Report. The MU Downers Grove campus offers academic programs from six colleges of medicine. MU...

“…Midwestern University, Downers Grove is a very organized, clean, friendly college. The faculty, staff, and students are all very caring and responsible. Additionally the facilities and amenities it has to offer are world class. ” – Parth from Downers Grove, IL

The National University of Health Sciences is a school of integrative and alternative health care with two campuses in the Chicagoland area and western Florida. NUHS offers a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science as well as an associate degree in...

Harry S. Truman College is a 2-year community college and one of the largest schools in the City Colleges of Chicago system. Truman is home to 12 academic departments and is the City Colleges hub for Education and Human & Natural Sciences....

“…Very good school to pick up extra credits or work towards getting an AA degree from. Teachers are very well trained and helpful. They are there to help you succeed.” – Devendra from Chicago, IL

Named for one of Chicago’s longest tenured mayors, Richard J. Daley College is a 2-year community college and part of the City Colleges of Chicago system. Daley is home to ten academic focus areas and the City Colleges hub for Advanced Manufacturing...

“…Know what your intentions are for attending Daley. Its also a great idea to know what program you are enrolling in. After you've figured that out, make sure you and your advisor come up with an education plan.” – Ciara from Chicago, IL

From its campus on Chicago’s south side, the Illinois College of Optometry is America’s first optometry institution and also its largest. The core curriculum at ICO features intensive coursework over students’ first three years in subjects such as...

Flashpoint Chicago, a Campus of Columbia College Hollywood, is a college of media arts in Chicago, a short distance from Millennium Park. Flashpoint Chicago confers undergraduate degrees in Film, Recording Arts, Graphic Design, and Visual Effects &...

The American Academy of Art is a small, private, 4-year institution established in Chicago, Illinois. The Academy offers nine bachelor’s degree programs: Illustration and Digital Illustration, Life Drawing, Oil or Watercolor Painting, Graphic Design,...

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago is a graduate school and member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. The Chicago School uses a special model of education, The Engage Practitioner Model,...

As part of the City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College is a 2-year public community college on the city’s south side. The college confers certificate and associate degrees in preparation for students to transfer to 4-year universities or enter...

“…Love this school!” – LaTara from Chicago, IL

The John Marshall Law School is a school of law with classes in 11 legal disciplines in Chicago’s south loop. Law students at John Marshall have the opportunity to develop their skills at one of nine legal clinics offered by the school including a...

Named for one of the premier developmental psychologists in the history of the field, Erikson Institute is a graduate school in Chicago specializing in child development. Erikson is home to master’s degree programs in Child Development, Social Work,...

Olive Harvey College is a 2-year community college on Chicago’s south side and the largest campus in the City Colleges of Chicago system. Olive Harvey is a center for City Colleges’ programs in transportation, distribution, and logistics, and offers...

“…olive-harvey has challenged me to be a critical thinker. i have learned a vast of information in my first semester there. i'm looking towards a brighter future with my studies i've learned.” – Michaiah from Chicago, IL

As the largest institution of higher learning in northwest Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College Northwest is a campus in the Ivy Tech system serving a seven county region. The Northwest campus offers associate degrees and certificates in 80 fields of...

“…Yes. I'm learning a lot of useful information at the campus. It's a smaller campus than a large university, so the instructors take the time to make sure that your actually learning all the information. ” – Michael from Gary, IN

Founded with the support of Mexico’s Universidad Vasco de Quiroga, Quiroga College is a Roman Catholic institution in Chicago dedicated to training future ethical business leaders. Quiroga grants associate degrees in Business, Culinary Arts, and...

Originally founded as the Chicago Bible College, Christian Life College is a private Christ-centered institution with a Biblical foundation in the Chicagoland area. Christian Life College offers a bachelor’s degree in Ministerial Studies with eight...

The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management is a business management graduate institution in the Chicagoland area. LFGSM offers three master’s degree programs in Project Leadership, Management, and a Leadership MBA. All degree programs are centered...

Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is a Christ-centered seminary on the south side of Chicago. LSTC confers master’s degrees in Divinity, Ministry, Arts, and Theology as well as...

With campus a short walk from Lake Michigan, American Islamic College is an Islamic university in Chicago dedicated to training future leaders of Muslim institutions. AIC features a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies as well as master of arts and...

Founded as a response to a call for more seminaries in urban locations, the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago is a Roman Catholic grad school on the city’s south side. CTU offers nine theological master’s degree programs as well as a doctorate in...

With campus adjacent to Grant Park, Meadville Lombard Theological School is a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. Meadville Lombard confers master’s degrees in Divinity, Leadership Studies, and Religion with an emphasis on multifaith and...

Formed by a partnership between Japan’s Toyota Technological Institute and the University of Chicago, the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago is a graduate school of computer science. TTIC offers a PhD in Computer Science with a focus on...

With campus adjacent to Grant Park, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a Jewish graduate school in Chicago. Spertus Institute offers master’s degree programs in Jewish Studies and Jewish Professional Studies. The Institute’s...

Established in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a Christ-centered, graduate education institution located in Evanston, Illinois. Garrett-Evangelical offers seven master’s degree programs, a Doctor of Ministry degree program with six...

“…My view of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary is that it is the best on the North Shore. Since Garrett has accepted me as one of their students, I have grown more and more into a bold leader.” – Jacqueline from Chicago, IL

With a campus adjacent to Jackson Park, Bexley Seabury Seminary is an Episcopal seminary in Chicago dedicated to formation of clergy and church leaders. Bexley Seabury offers a master’s degree and doctorate in Divinity as well as a diploma in...

Northwest Suburban College is a health sciences institution in the Chicagoland area with a focus on accelerated curricula. NWSC is home to certification programs for Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, and Medical Assistant as well as a Continuing...

Established in 1855, Chicago Theological Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located downtown beside the University of Chicago. CTS offers master’s and doctoral degrees in seven fields of study, as well as a certificate program in...