Colleges in Illinois

Colleges in Illinois

Illinois is a Midwestern state with largely hot, humid summers and cold winters. While Chicago may be the most widely-known city, considered a microcosm of the US, the state capital is actually Springfield, a city in the Southern part of the a state. Colleges in Illinois include 2-year, 4-year, and technical institutions, among non- and for-profit options. The largest institution in the state is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while the highest-ranking is the University of Chicago. Illinois is a hotbed for business. Home to the CME Group and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, financial and business services are top industries in the Land of Lincoln. Advanced manufacturing (primarily of machinery), education, and agriculture all play significant roles in the Prairie State’s economy. The Magnificent Mile, Starved Rock State Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Dana-Thomas House built by Frank Lloyd Wright are just a few attractions Illinois offers.
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University of Chicago

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 University of Chicago is known more for its academic rigor and all-encompassing intellectualism than its campus life or party scene. This is far from true, however! If you're looking for hard-hitting academics, a picture-perfect campus, top-notch...” – Chris from Houston, TX

Northwestern University

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....

“…This is a very academically rigorous school and the quarter system doesn't make it any less challenging, if anything it makes it more difficult. However, this doesn't take away from the school. Everyone here is so passionate and welcoming, no one...” – Naomi from Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution in central Illinois and the flagship campus of the U of I system. UIUC is home to 15 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 150 areas of...

“…the people on campus - students, professors, counselors - are all extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful, so do not feel intimidated. despite being located in central illinois, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in campus-town and the...” – sophia from glenview, il

DePaul University

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...

“…DePaul University has a very diverse student population. The atmosphere is welcoming, plus faculty and staff are always willing to take time and help you with anything you need. The academics here help build not only your intelligence but your...” – Esthefany from Glen Ellyn, IL

Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a 4-year institution in central Illinois and the first public university in the state. The ISU campus hosts six colleges and schools as well as an Honors Program and Milner Library. In addition, ISU is...

“…I will be a sophmore in the fall of 2012 . I attended last year and my colledge experience has changed my life! I just love it , I work really hard and enjoy going there!” – Katlyn from Lockport, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

“…UIC is a fun and friendly envrironment that's easy to get comfortable in. Teachers and faculty are very helpful and there is always someone waiting and and willing to help you out. Although you are in college and classes can be a little stressful at...” – Kyle from Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago

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...

“…Loyola is a University that is willing to go above and beyond for their students. Administrative faculty and Professors are prepared to help elevate a students skills for their choice of job opportunity. Loyola will give you the confidence you need...” – Zoe from Chicago, IL

Northern Illinois University

Northern illinois University is a selective public university with a focus on research. The Dekalb campus is home to seven colleges with 42 schools and departments, and students can take advantage of satellite campuses in Chicago, Naperville,...

“…This school is very diverse. Everybody on campus is very friendly and welcoming. I love going here, wouldn't change it. ” – Amanda from Homer Glen, IL

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private non-profit college located in the heart of Chicago. The one and only campus has more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, in addition to programs available entirely online. Every...

“…It is a great place to learn because there are THOUSANDS of opportunities literally thrown at you. Our school has enough money to have actual celebrities and successful leaders in the field of our choice of industry to come and speak. The hands-on...” – Tayler from Chicago, IL

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is a public flagship university and the oldest university in the SIU system. SIU is home to ten colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors Program. For...

“…I think that this university is a great place to have experiences that test your independence and resourcefulness. The people you meet here are great and filled with big hearts; you'll rarely be bored because you'll have a vibrant social life. The...” – Theodore from Glenview, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology

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...

“…IIT is an amazing school, with amazing people. The teachers and students alike are friendly, amazing resources. Illinois Tech supplies students with the resources needed to ensure success. ” – Christina from Chicago, IL

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a 4-year institution operating out of Macomb and Moline, IL. The Macomb campus is rural, made up of more than 1,000 acres, which include a 300-acre farm and 18-hole golf course. In the Quad city of Moline, students live...

“…western illinois university is a large, but very welcoming school. the staff and faculty, along with all the students are very helpful, kind, and respectful. wiu has a sense of pride in their academics, and well as sports and offers a wide range of...” – James from Sterling, IL

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

“…Elmhurst College is a beautiful campus located in Elmhurst, IL. Everything about the school feels very much like home and the people are all generally friendly and open. Elmhurst is a smaller school but your so comfortable youll fall in love with it.” – Ciara from Naperville, Il

Augustana College

Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution founded in 1860. Located in Rock Island, IL, Augustana offers more than 90 majors and related study programs in the humanities and fine arts, natural and social sciences, and pre-professional...

“…Augustana has an absolutely beautiful campus. The professors there are kind and willing to help. The classrooms are the perfect size for students looking for a smaller college atmosphere.” – Alexandra

Wheaton College

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....

“…A community of God-serving Christians. A place where the professors teach their own classes and want to learn your name; they want to see you succeed. Where friends become family, a very close-knit community. ” – Amanda from WA

Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

“…Bradley is an amazing school with a beautiful campus. The professors and staff are always looking for ways to help the students succeed. There are so many resources to use in order to have a wonderful college experience as well as finding careers...” – Niyah from Chicago, IL

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a 4-year institution in Charleston featuring four colleges on a 320-acre campus. EIU offers 60 bachelor’s degrees, which can be complemented by any of the 85 minors offered, as well as four areas of undergraduate study:...

“…Eastern is a very well rounded school. everyone is genuinely very positive. and just expect to have fun.” – hudson

North Park University

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...

“…The college provides a Christian atmosphere for prayers and worship, but also variety of opportunities to share your own beliefs and views. It has an interest for students, especially those with interesting backgrounds, whether it is projects,...” – Winnie from Chicago, IL

Benedictine University

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...

“…i have visited the campus in lisle, il several times. i absolutely love it. it is perfect for me. it is a small campus with a big name. it is one of the safest schools in the us at the moment. the staff are unbelievably kind! i love it!” – SARA from Bonfield, IL

Chicago State University

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 a great school for any student. they with held a diversity of students along with a variety of intended majors. ” – Shanelle from Chicago, IL

Roosevelt University

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...

“…Roosevelt University has a diverse student body, experienced and knowledgeable professors that are dedicated to promoting higher education, and quality resources readily available to students. The staff works hard to provide students with timely and...” – Kerri from Chicago, IL

Dominican University

Founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Dominican University is a Catholic institution in the Chicagoland area. Dominican is home to seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors. As a Catholic university,...

“…Dominican University is a small community based learning university. Dominican is proud and rich in it's Dominican Catholic history, and is very welcoming to anyone of all religions. The small class sizes give students a lot of individual time with...” – Taylor from River Forest, IL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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...

“…This is an interdisciplinary school and they will make sure you know it. The first year program focuses almost exclusively on the interdisciplinary aspect of the bachelor of fine arts track. However, once you get out of that first year they...” – Katherine from Clinton, MO

Knox College

Located in Galesburg, Illinois, Knox College is a 4-year liberal arts institution. On top of traditional bachelor programs, Knox has cooperative programs with other colleges, immersion terms for hands-on exploration of a single field for a full term,...

“…Knox college is a school for students who enjoy not many distractions. It is also for those who enjoy nature and the hippy life-style some try to embrace here. It is also rigorousness with classes and time should be used wisely.” – Steven from Chicago, IL

Northeastern Illinois University

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...

“…I give Northeastern Illinois University an A+ for outstanding professionalism within the school environment. The professors are fabulous. The enrollment process is incredible.” – TIKETA from CHICAGO, IL

Lake Forest College

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...

“…Diversity is a major factor here at LFC. Your professors will challenge you as well as take an interest in you due to the size of the college. Close-knit community that serves as a springboard for a wide variety of futures.” – Raul from Holyoke, MA

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 University has offered more than I hoped they would. I have access to many opportunities and so many places to grow. The university allows its students to explore many aspects of any major, and everything is accessible whenever needed.” – Jessica from New Lenox, IL

Millikin University

Affiliated with the Presbyterian church, Millikin University is a 4-year private school in central Illinois. Millikin encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Professional Studies conferring degrees in over 100 academic...

“…Students at Millikin will find themselves bombarded with fantastic opportunities related to classwork and the many thriving student organizations. This school is great for anyone who is looking for a tight-knit community good faculty to student...” – Anon. from the South Suburbs

Aurora University

Aurora University is a private liberal arts college based in Aurora, Illinois. AU offers more than 40 academic programs, several of which can be completely taken online. Aurora is home to the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, which is home to...

“…the professors are always so helpful and clear. the homework load can be a bit intimidating, but it makes all the tests a lot easier. i never come out of a class feeling like i don't learn anything. ” – Kathryn from Naperville, IL

College of DuPage

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...

“…college of dupage has been the most amazing experience and has opened so many more doors for me than i ever thought possible from a community college. the tuition is affordable and 100% of the classes are taught by knowledgeable professors with small...” – Kasie-Marie from Naperville, IL

Lincoln Tech
Melrose Park, IL
Lincoln Tech

Lincoln Tech is a for-profit vocational institution with campuses throughout the US. The main campus is based in West Orange, New Jersey, and is owned by the Lincoln Educational Services Corporation. Lincoln Tech provides a career-oriented education...

“…Very informational and fast pace. Great for people looking to work with their hands a lot. Good instructors.” – Jose from Round Lake, IL

Olivet Nazarene University

Founded in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Olivet Nazarene confers bachelor’s degrees in over 140 academic areas of study. As a Christian institution, ONU holds twice...

“…The Christian atmosphere is great, I love knowing that people care about you. The professors actually try to help everyone succeed.” – Chris from Bolingbrook, IL

Lincoln College is a private institution in Illinois, which serves as both a 2-year and 4-year establishment. Lincoln has two separate campuses, both of which maintain their own catalog of academic programs from approximately 20 fields of study....

“…Lincoln teachers are some of the most friendliest people I have ever encountered. Lincoln also is a place where you know you are getting the right hands on training for the career you are training for. Touching back on the subject of teachers, they...” – Matthew from Strasburg, CO

North Central College

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....

“…A very friendly community. The staff are truly friendly individuals that are willing to help you to a successful college experience. Everyone knows pretty much everyone on campus, so it is a tight, close-knit community. ” – Shavonna from Naperville, IL

Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Illinois and the first college in the state to offer a degree. Illinois confers undergraduate degrees in over 45 academic fields of study. For students who wish to learn in...

“…Illinois College is a small Liberal Arts College that is dedicated to getting its students a broad educational experience. The faculty here are exceptional not just because of their skills in their field, but they also make a personal effort to get...” – Mikel from Cambridge, IL

Monmouth College is a private, 4-year established in the state of Illinois. Each student at Monmouth is enrolled in one of many bachelor-of-arts programs, some of which are pre-professional programs, which are designed to prepare students with the...

“…Monmouth College is one of the most welcoming colleges I know of. There are so many clubs and organizations you can join, and since there's a relatively small student body you can become very close to your classmates quickly. Also, the professors are...” – Anna from Seaton, IL

Blackburn College is a private, 4-year institution established in Carlinville, Illinois, and is one of under ten federally recognized work colleges in the US. The college’s Work Program is student-managed, and it offers students the opportunity to...

“…Blackburn is small liberal arts college where students not only get a great education but a great work experience as well. The work program helps students learn time management skills and build amazing resumes, both things that help our students find...” – Breanna from Brussels, IL

Concordia University-Chicago

Concordia University-Chicago is a private liberal arts institution based in River Forest, Illinois, with selective admissions. It is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and provides a curriculum focused on Jesus Christ. Popular fields...

“…Concordia Chicago is a great college with many people who want to get to know you. Despite it's flaws, such as people forming their own clicks, there is a lot of community. The classes are efficient as well. ” – Justin from Aurora, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University

Established in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a 4-year liberal arts university in Bloomington, IL. IWU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic fields of study, as well as an optional May Term, a month-long experiential learning option...

“…The pearl of the Bloomington-Normal community. My first and only choice; a home away from home. A genuine life experience full of self discovery, opportunities to develop leadership skills, and a rigorous course schedule to keep you on your toes,...” – Zitlalic from West Chicago, IL

Saint Xavier University

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...

“…Saint Xavier University offers a small college at top quality. This University is small enough for students to have great one on one help from professors. Saint Xavier really takes care of their students academically and socially.” – Aaron from Chicago, IL

Rockford University is a private, 4-year institution established on a suburban, 150-acre campus in Winnebago County, Illinois. Rockford offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations through the College of Arts and...

“…Rockford is a great choice if you are looking for a small learning environment. The help of the Admission Counselor was great. I felt so welcomed when i went to Rockford for a visit ” – Patrick from Chicago, IL

Quincy University

Originally founded in 1860 as St. Francis Solanus College, Quincy University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Illinois affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Quincy grants undergrad degrees in over 40 academic majors and provides a...

“…Reliable, homey, and safe. ” – Dereasha from Jennings, MO

Triton College
River Grove, IL

Triton College is a public, 2-year institution established on an urban, 110-acre campus in River Grove, Illinois. Triton offers over 100 associate’s degree and certificate programs, with flexible learning options available including online courses,...

“…Triton helps people to be successful. Faculty are welcoming and want students to do well. Many students there do not take their learning seriously.” – Jeremy from River Forest, 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 will rate GSU on following guidelines at the top, there is no going off the beaten path. Outstanding when it comes to degree selections. Maintenance of the facility is superb.” – Tracey from Markham, IL

Parkland College

Parkland College is a two-year community college based in Champaign, IL, that confers associate's degrees and workforce certificates. It's home to the Institute of Aviation, as well as the second-largest planetarium in Illinois, the Staerkel...

“…Parkland is a wonderful academic college where you can achieve your degree. Parkland is best known for its Nursing Program which is challenging but very rewarding. Parkland also provides students with the knowledge and skills in order to get the job...” – Andreea from Urbana, IL

The College of Lake County is a public, 2-year institution established in Grayslake, Illinois, with additional campuses in Waukegan, Vernon Hills, as well as satellite facilities throughout the region. CLC prepares students for career placement and...

“…I've been a student at CLC since the beginning of 2011, and now I finally applied for a major in 2013. I admire their organization, their seriousness and sources available for studying that they offer. Definitely, it's an excellent college.” – Luiza from Vernon Hills, IL

American InterContinental University is a for-profit college with campuses in Houston and Atlanta. AIU confers bachelor’s degrees in seven fields of study and associate degrees in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. The university makes...

University of Illinois at Springfield

The University of Illinois at Springfield is a 4-year public institution and a campus of the U of I system in Illinois’s state capital. UIS is home to colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, Education, and Public Affairs conferring undergraduate degrees...

“…The University of Illinois at Springfield is a great school. It is located in the rural section of Illinois. It has a very friendly environment and it's a great place to learn. ” – Omar from Aurora, IL

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College is a 2-year community college based in Joliet, Illinois. It is a public college that offers professional certifications and associate degrees in a wide range of subjects. The most popular majors are automotive mechanics. nursing...

“…JJC has been a great experience. The teachers have all been knowledgeable and willing to help when needed. For the most part, I have been able to take classes that work with my schedule.” – Angela from Burbank, IL

Trinity Christian College

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...

“…I love Trinity! The professors are wonderful and personable, they really care about you. The community there is awesome!” – Rachel from Westchester, IL

University of St Francis

Established by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the University of St. Francis is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in the Chicagoland area. St. Francis is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business,...

“…It has a diverse population of students and faculty. The environment is very welcoming and hospitality orientated. Also, the college offers many programs and clubs to get you involved around campus.” – Tyon from Chicago, IL

Elgin Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Illinois, with satellite locations in Hanover Park, Burlington, and Streamwood. ECC offers 138 degree and certificate programs, including over 25 different fields of study for...

“…ecc is very open to accepting people and helping all of their students. ” – Danielle from Elgin, IL

Oakton Community College

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,...

“…Get a fantastic head start. Oakton Community College is an inexpensive way to find your direction. You will leave with a solid foundation.” – Chloe from Evanston, IL

Judson University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Elgin and Rockford, Illinois. Undergraduate students are required to earn at least 25 chapel credits each semester, and contribute to their GPA on a pass/fail basis. Judson...

“…I am a transfer student from College of Dupage and I have greatly enjoyed my experiences at Judson especially compared to my last school. The teachers are kind and helpful and I have learned so much since coming here.” – Jessica from Elmhurst, IL

Moody Bible Institute

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...

“…A great solid Christian Institution that enables its students to go for ministry or work in the areas they are studying . ” – Bianca from Chicago, IL

McKendree University

McKendree University is a private, liberal arts institution established in Lebanon, Illinois. The campus is situated on wooded land spanning 235 acres and features a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including the Marion K. Piper Academic Center...

“…Mckendree is small which means better student-teacher relationships. Its is a great school to do net working at. The value of the teachers are great.” – Diandra from Lebanon, IL

National Louis University
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...

“…National Louis seems like a great place to go to school with a beautiful location and architecture. I found the best degree possible and will be getting a double major within two years! My advising counselor is really helpful and kind. ” – Aqsa from Niles, IL

MacMurray College

MacMurray College is a career-focused, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, IL, about 30 miles west of Springfield. Offering 31 areas of study, students can choose between traditional, blended, and entirely online courses for their associate...

“…This is my first year at MacMurray I am a transfer student. I just finished my first semester and so far I like the school a lot compared to my previous school. The class rooms are a very comfortable environment and you can receive all the help you...” – Marcus from Jacksonville, IL

Eureka College

Founded in 1855 by a group of abolitionists, Eureka College is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences institution in central Illinois, as well as the first college in the state to admit both genders. Eureka grants bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors...

“…I absolutely love my college. The other students and the professors treat everyone with care and respect. I believe to look past Eureka College as an option would be a poor choice. ” – Timothy from Joliet, IL

Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Community College is a public, 2-year institution with a main location near Chicago, Illinois, in Sugar Grove. Waubonsee has three satellite locations, as well, two in Aurora and one in Plano. The community college offers two types of...

“…An excellent 2-year school with diversity and a great array of flexible courses that allows many students to achieve their educational goals. ” – Evelyn from Chicago, IL

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

With a campus situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a 4-year public university in southwest Illinois and a campus of the SIU system. SIUE is home to seven academic colleges granting...

“…i would give siu-e an overall rating of a. it is a safe and beautiful campus with an ever expanding syllabus of available classes. dorm life is great and the ultimate goal is education and employment attainment.” – Kyle from Glen Carbon, IL

Lake Land College is a 2-year community college in eastern Illinois offering associate degrees in over 40 areas of study and numerous certificates in subjects such as John Deere Tech and Renewable Energy. In addition, Lake Land designates over 15...

“…I love lake land college so far, the teacher I have is very nice and helpful it seems like. I also like how small my classes are, and how I am able to get a university education without paying the university price.” – Katlynn from Herrick, 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...

“…The biggest bang for your buck. A nice bridge between high school and college. Great professors who make the experience worthwhile. ” – Mo from Park Forest, IL

Moraine Valley Community College

Moraine Valley Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a 297-acre campus in Palos Hills, Illinois, with satellite locations in Tinley Park and Blue Island. The college offers over 140 academic programs, including transfer...

“…This community college has the potential to be one of the greatest community colleges in our nation, given they adjust their moral a bit. The tuition is at a great price, and many of the teachers are people who will change your life. I'm lucky to...” – Ashley from Orland Park, IL

Originally founded as a business training academy, Northwestern College is a for-profit college in the Chicagoland area with a focus on preparing students for careers. NC confers bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Health Information...

Rock Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established on a 217-acre campus in Rockford, Illinois, and is a member of the Illinois Community College System. RVC offers over 60 associate degree and certificate programs, including both Career...

“…Rock Valley College is a great college if you are looking for good education for minimal costs. The professors are interested in the students and their learning. With the varying clubs, R.V.C. provides a good college experience at a low price.” – Leah from Belvidere, 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

Rush University is a private, 4-year institution established in Chicago, Illinois, and is associated with the Rush University Medical Center. Academics at Rush University primarily focus on Health Sciences. Along with their traditional studies,...

“…Rush University is an excellent college. It provides a variety of majors and options. It is also in a prime location for young adults.” – Nicole

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,...

“…Morton College is a great community college for prospective students. They have the best available time for those students that work during the day, they also offer online courses, has it's free parking lot, and advisors help our a lot.It's tuition...” – Laura from Cicero, IL

Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College is a public, 2-year institution established in East Peoria, with satellite facilities located in Pekin and Peoria. ICC offers over 200 associate’s degree and certificate programs, many of which feature opportunities for...

“…Illinois Central College was a great school to begin at i love how the teachers work with you to make your grade as best as possible. The lab's are great for studying for a test or going to get help when a teacher is not available. All you have to do...” – Andrew from Centerton, AR

Black Hawk College is a public, 2-year institution established in Moline and Galva, Illinois. BHC offers a number of transfer programs and degree programs, with focuses ranging from Agribusiness to Music Industry. The campus features a wide variety...

“…Black Hawk College is education-oriented, as it provides students with the most excellent and diverse education possible. It does not forget, however, the importance of creating a fun atmosphere considering the numerous club, organizations and events...” – Victoria from Moline, IL

Greenville University

Founded by the Free Methodist Church, Greenville University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in southern Illinois. Greenville offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic majors as well as eleven 3-year degree-granting programs....

“…A welcoming, friendly place. The faculty and staff seem to genuinely care about helping you. The current students are also friendly and quick to lend a hand. ” – Katie from Pekin, IL

McHenry County College is a 2-year community college serving the northwest suburbs in the Chicagoland area. MCC confers degrees in 20 academic departments as well as numerous career and technical program certificates. For students who need academic...

“…I jumped at the great opportunity to attend courses at McHenry County College right out of college because of financial reasons and academic reasons. At McHenry County Colleges, all students from the county have equal opportunity to complete basic...” – Kyle from McHenry, IL

From its humble beginnings in a shopping mall, Heartland Community College has grown into a 2-year community college with three permanent central Illinois campuses offering degrees and certificates in 70 subjects. HCC also provides a chance for...

“…Heartland is a great college. I have really enjoyed my time at Heartland and I am very glad that I chose to go to Heartland. It is very cheap and affordable.” – Layne from Bloomington, IL

South Suburban College is a 2-year community college with two campuses offering classes in 16 academic departments. SSC recognizes outstanding students with admission to its Honors Program as well as naming them to its Dean’s List and as Presidential...

“…South Suburban College is trendy. South Suburban College is unique. South Suburban College is a comfortable academic environment.” – Lawanda from Chicago, IL

Kishwaukee College is a 2-year community college serving three counties in the northern Illinois area. In addition to over 70 associate degree and certificate programs, Kish offers five transfer degrees and its Health and Education department...

“…i found kishwaukee college a great place for people of all ages to attend. the majority of the teachers i had were very nice and accommodating. it is easy to get around and a great place to start the college experience.” – Mia

Robert Morris University Illinois

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...

“…Robert Morris University is a hands on learning and career readiness university. Robert Morris University's accreditations are in excellent order for all Degrees and Programs offered. The staff are available and extremely helpful if there are any...” – Tyra from Worth, IL

Lincoln Land Community College is a 2-year institution in Springfield, Illinois, serving a 15-county area that is the largest community college district in the state. LLCC features eight academic departments conferring degrees and certificates and...

“…Lincoln Land Community College is the go-to institution for excellent education and a great atmosphere. With the perfect class sizes and instructors that make time for one-on-one help, your in great hands the whole way. Not only is the educational...” – Graduated from Springfield, IL

Richland Community College is a 2-year community college with a main campus and two extension sites in central Illinois. Richland is home to six academic divisions offering degrees and certificates in over 80 fields of study. For environmentally...

“…A building-block school for anyone. Staff members that care about the development of their students. There is diversity in the student body. ” – Victoria from Decatur, IL

Lewis & Clark Community College is a 2-year institution serving seven counties in the St. Louis metro area. Lewis & Clark grants degrees and certificates in over 40 academic programs and is home to an Honors College. The college offers numerous...

“…Lewis and Clark is a small and great looking campus. The teachers genuinely want you to succeed and do everything they can to help and be available to the students. It's a great cheaper option than the usual four-year university, and I strongly...” – Diana from Brighton, IL

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...

Highland Community College is a 2-year institution in northwest Illinois. Highland features four academic divisions granting degrees and certificates in over 60 fields of study and an honors program. Beyond the classroom, Highland hosts the...

“…Highland is a beautiful campus that is small enough that you are sure to see your buddies in between classes or during breaks. The whole feel of Highland is compact, nice and homey which unnerves you on your first day there. The teachers are nice and...” – Ryan from Lanark, IL

Carl Sandburg College is a 2-year community college in western Illinois with two campuses and an extension site that hosts the school’s dental program. Carl Sandburg offers degrees and certificates in over 50 academic programs and an honors program....

“…Not bad for a community college they have a lot of various 2 year programs to offer. They try to keep the students involved with various on campus events.” – Leah from Scales Mound, IL

Lincoln Christian University

Originally founded as Bible institute dedicated to training preachers, Lincoln Christian University is a Christian college in central Illinois. LCU grants undergraduate degrees in 13 majors including Christian-centered subjects such as Preaching...

“…Lincoln Christian University is a place where students can be challenged in their spiritual lives and are encouraged along the way. Students are also required to participate in community service activities that are related to their degree which helps...” – Jessica from Kennebunk, ME

Kaskaskia College is a 2-year community college serving a nine county area in southwest Illinois. Kaskaskia offers 54 associate degree and 103 certificate-granting programs among its 35 academic departments. During every school year, KC sponsors a...

“…kaskaskia college is based in centralia, il, but is also quite spread out in the surrounding area. it's a great school to attend for cosmetology, nursing, automotive, or for quickly (and cheaply) getting your generals out of the way for other degrees...” – Michelle from Vandalia, IL

Named after a Civil War general and congressman, John A. Logan College is a 2-year community college in southwest Illinois. John A. Logan offers associate degrees in over 40 academic programs including Social Work and Pre-Veterinary Studies. The...

“…John A Logan is a good community college. Tuition is very affordable. The teachers here are great.” – Jasmine from Murphysboro, IL

Rend Lake College is a 2-year community college serving graduates from 13 area high schools in southern Illinois. RLC offers degrees and certificates in over 45 academic programs including Truck Driver Training, Heavy Equipment Technology, and...

“…Rend Lake has a small campus but great opportunities! It has a tightly knit campus community with faculty and staff that will help you in any way they can. The classes are very helpful to guide you on your walk in life.”

With a campus built on the edge of the Rock River, Sauk Valley Community College is a 2-year institution in northwest Illinois. SVCC is home to nine academic departments conferring 59 degrees and 47 certificates including programs in Agribusiness and...

“…Sauk Valley Community College cares about their student's success and accomplishments. Although a small school, Sauk Valley has all of the modern conveniences of a University and more because it possesses smaller classes and one on one attention from...” – Leah from Sterling, IL

Originally established by Methodist Episcopal Deaconesses, Methodist College is a 4-year nursing and healthcare professional school in Peoria. Methodist offers three bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Health Sciences, and Social Work and each program...

“…Methodist College of Nursing is a wonderful school! We have great faculty and staff that are always willing to help a student. Methodist is not a very large school most classes have an average of 30 people.” – Elli from Canton, IL

Southwestern Illinois College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in the city of Belleville, with two satellite campuses in Granite City and Red Bud. The main campus in Belleville is home to the Schmidt Art Center, which features a...

“…I have had a wonderful education so far. The teachers are super awesome, and sometimes easy. They will help you whenever you need it. Great atmosphere. ” – Lauren from Waterloo, IL

William Rainey Harper College

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...

“…Harper College is a very diverse school that is great on helping students succeed in what ever it is they're trying to accomplish. They have great staff and plenty of free tutoring centers. If you're looking for a great affordable college education,...” – Christin from Palatine, IL

Kankakee Community College is a 2-year institution serving six counties in northeast Illinois. KCC grants degrees and certificates from areas of study in seven academic departments including Agriculture/Horticulture and Human & Public Service. In...

“…The school is a good place to start. The teachers know how to make the student comprehend the material. The staff and students are very friendly. ” – Louisiana from Kankakee, IL

Adler University

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

With a campus along the banks of the Mississippi River, Principia College is a 4-year liberal arts institution in southwest Illinois with an emphasis on Christian Science. Principia confers bachelor’s degrees in 28 majors as well as an Individualized...

“…It is a place to not only continue in higher education, but to explore who you are and the values and morals you want to have as a person. It offers a supportive environment and a tight knit community where you can make life-long friends.” – Student

Shawnee Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and three extension centers in southern Illinois. In addition to course offerings in Business and Allied Health, SCC offers a number of cooperative education academic programs with...

“…Shawnee is an excellent School that has challenged me, educated me and made me strive for higher acheivement.” – Richard from Anna, IL

John Wood Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and three satellite locations in western Illinois. JWCC offers degrees in 43 fields of study and 28 certificate-granting programs. As a rural institution, JWCC’s programs in...

“…I would rate JWCC a 9 out of 10. It is an outstanding school that is dedicated to the success of their students and equip them with the tools necessary for their chosen career. ” – Danielle from Quincy, IL

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...

“…its decent i get to meet new people which i love. You also have smaller classes and teachers know your name.At the end of the day it just seems friendly.” – Tammy from Chiago, IL

Established in 1959, Spoon River College is a public, 2-year institution located in Canton, Illinois, with satellite campuses and facilities in Macomb, Havana, and Rushville. SRC offers 14 career-oriented associate’s degree and certificate programs...

“…Spoon River College has changed my life for the better. This college has a lot to offer and several campuses to attend. The professors and students are very nice and all willing to help.” – Dasha from Havana, 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...

“…The new building is amazing.The staff are helpful and understanding.The courses are engaging.” – Brittany from Chicago, IL

Southeastern Illinois College is a 2-year community college serving an eight county area. SIC is home to six academic departments offering degrees and certificates in over 70 fields of study. To enhance its classroom offerings, SIC also fields...

“…Southeastern is a great school with many opportunities. I have loved being a student, working on campus and being part of the SIC Speech Team. The professors and staff at SIC really care about the students and have been so helpful in helping me...” – Bethany from Norris City, IL

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