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 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

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

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...

“…I've learned things so far in every course I've taken and have met really great professors and instructors. You learn a lot from the people as well. They're from all over the world.” – Kristen from Chicago, 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...

“…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

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...

“…Really great school for many different majors. I am a business major, and could not be happier with the professionalism and personal attention for all of the professors in the college of business. When here that Illinois State is a big school with a...” – Paul from Pocahontas, 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 great learning environment if you are able to use the resources offered to you. It's not always easy, and the classes are tough, but it's a great learning experience.” – KN major.

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...

“…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

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,...

“…I visited NIU for an open house and got to visit a lot of the faclities as well as the teachers. The teachers seem to want to help students and very friendly. Some classes are small so indivudual attention is there, but some are very large. ” – Beca from Chicago, 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...

“…I learn from not only my professors but also the fellow students around me. The professors not only work for the school but also have careers in their fields within the city. They all encourage students to seek outside education and experience with...” – Rey from Nashville, TN

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...

“…All of my teachers at SIUC overall have been fantastic. I especially recommend Dr. Hahn for Philosophy 104 and Dr. Martin for Sociology 108. Dr. Hahn is a wonderful teacher and does a good job keeping lectures very interesting. He does not put up...” – Lauryn from Illinois

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...

“…The work load at Illinois Institute of Technology is designed to help students learn and how to use what they learn in the real world. Each and every professor here at IIT are very helpful, the one thing they tell you when you on your first day of...” – Shatoria 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...

“…Coming to Western was the best descion of my life. It is a great university and I plan to earn my PhD here. ” – Andre from Naperville, 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...

“…So far I have been at Elmhurst for less than a year but so far the classes are decent. I've been taking mainly gen ed classes so far and they interesting. I mean, not all the classes I've taken are super exciting but I don't know of anyone who has...” – Melissa from Bloomingdale, 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...

“…The faculty here are intelligent and more than qualified, plus they show a genuine caring attitude towards the students. The tri-mester schedule allows students to take more classes and double and even triple major.” – Ashley from Dixon, IL

Wheaton College (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

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 has small class sizes so you have a more personal relationship with your professors. They actually learn your name and help you out a lot when you ask.” – Christina from Rockford, 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...

“…Amazing location since it's in the city but due to it's location and a small campus, it doesn't completely feel like you're living in the city. It has great diversity on campus.” – Megan from Dwight, 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...

“…benedictine university is a great institution for students facing adversity. the faculty, staff and students all work together to provide a great community. at benedictine university everyone is someone you should know.” – Shaccira from Lisle, 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 is a great University. It opens doors. It allows you to be all you can be.” – Andrea from Hazel Crest, 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...

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

“…In my experience, I have not attend other schools so this is based on just my experience in this school The reason that I rate learning a lot 5 of 5 is: almost all the classes were very fun as well informative. to make sure you get this 5 out of 5 is...” – Roberto from River Grove, 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...

“…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

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,...

“…very mentally stimulating, professors push for greatness.” – John from Hartland, WI

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...

“…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

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...

“…Lake Forest encourages students to learn, offering many opportunities to those who attend. They make a great deal of effort to make students feel at home with both their facilities and their staff. If you put in the effort, LFC will pay you back 10...” – Devin - Chicago, IL

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...

“…The teachers here are GREAT! Because of the small classes the teacher will know who you are and will help you if you ask for it. Most of my teachers are super laid back and they are easy to talk to. My teachers are so helpful and very nice.” – Yulie from Glendale Heights , 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...

“…What I love about Millikin is the unique classes they offer. Yes, we all have to take a writing and research class as freshmen. But the professors create an interesting topic that you follow for the whole semester. One class studied the horror genre,...” – Hilary from Des Plaines, IL

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 instructors at Aurora University will see to it that the student gets the most our of their class. instructors are always happy to give a student additional help. Aurora University also provides its students with the best tutors.” – Prince from Ghana

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...

“…Whatever your field of study is at College of Dupage you truly get your moneys worth. The teachers are always available and willing to help you if you don't understand. As a Fashion major I'm already learning the ups and down sides of the fashion...” – Lauren from Hillside, IL

Lincoln Tech
Melrose Park, IL

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...

“…i think lincoln is a great school to attend. for me i found the smaller class sizes, one on one attention, and teachers on your side for success very appealing. my only wish was that it was more affordable to attend.” – Melissa from East Haven, CT

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...

“…Olivet is a place that is both spiritually and academically challenging. It offers a close knit community that supports you as you grow and learn. The community as a whole works together, and offers a full and exciting campus life.” – Melyssa from Parma, MI

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....

“…Students will learn a lot here because there are smaller classes and teachers can help students one on one during or after class. Also there are many tutors in the library that can be signed up for. ” – Jasmine from Romeoville, IL

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....

“…The teacher to class ratio number is great. They help you with anything you need. ” – Angelica from Aurora, 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

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 the best school I am attending. The reason why is because the other students are very friendly and the campus is small. The professor can actually help you out in one on one with any work I am having trouble with.” – Manuel from Chicago, IL

Blackburn College

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...

“…It's great place to be yourself and make friends. The work program gets you involved with more people and makes the college experience more enjoyable. Classes are small so there is more opportunity for one on one from teachers.” – Debbie from Steger, 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...

“…This college had provided me with the opportunity to take classes that no matter what the subject I learn a lot. My general courses and my specified classes are all very informational for life itself. The professors know how to relate life to the...” – Heather from South St Paul, MN

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 starting points for classes are well tailored to your high school work. I was placed onto the Analysis track based on my AP scores, but the new information I was acquiring was similar to my sociology class. I have never taken sociology before,...” – Nick from Lexington, 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...

“…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

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...

“…The teachers are really interested in your learning. So if you ask questions they will give you the best and detailed answer. They will be available to you at every hour so you could ask them questions about the homework or any problem you might have...” – Erick from Rockford, 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...

“…Quincy University is a campus near the Mississippi river and is gorgeous. The staff are all very friendly and willing to help many people when ever they need to or are needed. Like the staff the students are all very outgoing and willing to meet new...” – Taylor from Quincy, IL

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,...

“…One of the best junior colleges around. Triton has a variety of classes to choose from. Located in a very convenient location, lots of transportation near by.” – Frank from Chicago, 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 enjoy how small the classes are! Being in a class with 25 or less people is better than sitting in a class of 250+. Teachers know your name and really make themselves available to help when you need it. They give you their office hours and their...” – Briana from Richton Park, 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 really great way to get accustomed to the college life! From my personal experience thus far, the professors truly care about their students and are passionate about the subjects they teach. They are there to help and answer any...” – Lauren from Champaign, 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...

“…Since the classes are small you are in a cozier environment and you have much more one on one time with the teacher. The curriculum is complex and yet easy to work with and you achieve a much higher educational experience then you think you would get...” – Leslie from Waukegan, 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 is a top-ranked school with a rich legacy of innovation and impact. Founded in 1867 and located in central Illinois, this public institution is home to 11 academic communities and over 150 majors. Its flexible programs and...

“…The professors are great! They are very accommodating and always willing to help. They are also very educated on the topics they teach making learning more interesting. ” – Samantha from Palatine, 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...

“…This is a GREAT place to get started if you are planning to go on to a four year college or university. It's a wonderful learning environment! Also, JJC has well respected Associate of Applied Science programs that allow you to streamline into a...” – Mary from Joliet, 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...

“…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

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 has such a great variety of classes, there's pretty much something for everyone. In my experience, the teachers are easily contacted, and very knowledgeable about their subjects.” – Alaina 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,...

“…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

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...

“…a very social college, very close to Chicago, lots to do near campus, love the people there” – Benjamin from Elgin, 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...

“…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

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...

“…You will use your brain at the school. But dont worry if you get stuck every teacher is there to help you. Some teachers even give ther home number so you dont have to worry about missing them during office hours” – Alexondria from Chicago, 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...

“…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

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...

“…I have researched this college and have gotten to know many faculty. I believe I will learn a lot because of the support I will get. ” – Eric from Palm Coast, FL

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...

“…The teachers are fantastic and really committed to educating their students. You will never have a class of more than about 25 people (and that's for a gen-ed requirement) and you will never be taught by a TA.” – Jillian from Peoria, 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...

“…Best choice before transferring to a 4 year school. Their dual placement program with 4 year institutions is awesome! You will save alot of money by going this route. Instead of paying $1000-$2000 a class you'll pay about $300. (not including books)” – Sandy from Aurora, 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...

“…Classes here at SIUe are challenging. However SIUe is a great place to learn outside of the classroom. Your instructors and professors make it a priority to teach you what you need to know and help get real-life, hands-on experience. ” – Katie from Chicago, 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...

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

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...

“…The classes are small, 30 students max. This makes for great communication between you and the professor (no teacher assistants here!). All of my teachers are excited to teach each day, and make the material exciting (even math). I don't believe...” – angelika 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 Provided an excellent learning and preparatory experience, by providing challenging courses with expectations of a four year school. I would definitely recommend this college for learning.” – Robert from Stillman Valley, 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

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,...

“…From what I've researched..Rush University has a great student to teacher ratio. I feel like Rush will offer me the Education and experience I need to be the best Nurse Anesthetist I can possibly be :) ” – Linda from Rockford, 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

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...

“…I think Illinois Central College is a great learning environment . I love going to this school this has changed my life for the better. All thanks to Illinois central College ” – Steven from Peoria, IL

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...

“…Too many people feel that a community college will offer a sub par education compared to a four year university. The teaching staff here is excellent and I know that I am getting the same education as my friends at large universities. If anything,...” – A Student from 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....

“…If you don't know what a Liberal Arts college is, let me give it to you, how it's been shown to me. GC requires you to take a WIDE range of courses and then shows you how they're interconnected. Connections between health, religion, science, art,...” – Melanie from Harvard, 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...

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 helped me figure out what I wanted to major in. Some of the teachers are also employed at ISU so you know they are knowledgeable. Even the ones that aren't are really, really good at what they do. Each class I had turned out to be fun and a...” – Justin 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...

“…i have learn a lot from this college. I have learn how to a be successful college student. Not only that, but I've learn something I have never had a chance to learn in high school an that's studying.” – Shaunte' from Phoenix, 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...

“…All the classes I'm taking are doing a great job at giving me critical information. The teachers here are extremely smart. I would strongly recommend Mrs. Anderson for anything she teaches in chemistry and Dr. Thomas for any of his philosophy/ethics...” – Nicholas from Oregon, IL

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...

“…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

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 is a diverse school with a lot of friendly people. All of the instructors really care about you, and want you to succeed. Lincoln Land is a great start to any college career. ” – Student

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...

“…All of my teacher are very knowledgeable, and they demonstrate that in each class. The ways they teacher makes going to class enjoyable and they are very eager to help all the students learn.” – Jessica from Bethany, 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...

“…I learned alot here and would recommend it to anyone.” – Lillian from Odessa, MO

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...

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....

“…-my school has the best teachers. -all staff members (including non-teachers) are truly dedicated to education, and the students. -one of the top community colleges for digital technology” – CSC Student, 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...

“…First of all, the classes are mostly all religious, so if you're not Christian, don't apply here. You won't like it. Second, there's very few math and sciences courses, so for all of us uber-challenged, that's a huge plus! The professors are...” – Sarah from Lincoln, IL

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...

“…The instructors are really knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. They are adept at conveying the information in a way which makes the lesson fascinating, and are fair towards the students.” – Joshua 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...

“…I will be able to complete my Associate's as a Vaterinary Technician, and be certified in two years.” – Adrea from Mulkeytown, IL

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...

“…I am extremely impressed with the effort the teachers and faculty put into all of us students to succeed! After my first semester, my SVCC GPA is 3.14, with help from tools at programs and clubs, like the Student Support Services/Trio, that assists...” – DeAndre from Dixon, 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

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...

“…Southwestern Illinois College has a great faculty and staff, and the counselors there are very helpful in getting you what you need to be successful in college.” – Alexander 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...

“…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

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...

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 one of the most uplifting campus' I have ever been on, because everyone understands the importance of Christian Science. The small size of the campus means that you get one on one time with all your professors, and they are able to take a...” – Hannah

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...

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...

“…You learn quite a bit. The professors are super nice and willing to help you no matter what. The professors really know what they are teaching and are passionate about their subjects. This really helps when they are helping you and teaching since...” – Dakota from Quincy, IL

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

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

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

City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College

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

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...

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