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....

“…Northwestern is a great school, blending first class academics and Big 10 sports in a way that typically isn't seen among comparable universities. Students are bright and are typically highly motivated, passionate, and active in leadership roles....” – Kayla from Camdenton, MO

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...

“…UIUC is the top of the top. Lots of people come here and they seriously want an education; people are so creative and engaging it blows my mind.” – Leslie from Franklin Park, 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...

“…By far the most diverse private school I've ever encountered, I love it. Staff is always easily approachable! Extremely worth every cent I pay. ” – Cynthia 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...

“…illinois state university is a wonderfully diverse university. since being here, i have learned so many life lessons as well as the tools needed to become a wonderful teacher; as they are wonderful as well. all in all, illinois state is not a...” – Tiffani from Chicago, 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...

“…Although this is a commuter school, I love being here every day. The instructors are helpful and understanding of any situation you might be in and there are more opportunities on campus to get involved with than I had thought. You meet a lot of...” – Bart from Deerfield, 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 has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...” – Jason 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,...

“…When It comes to a great college with excellent advisors and counselors, It's Northern Illinois University. They provide multiple opportunities in which are available to everyone to help them to become successful adults. Every one is so friendly and...” – Jasmine Franklin 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...

“…Columbia College Chicago was more than just a great experience for me. I can't even explain how diverse the people are there as far as talent and culture . They really give you a lot of space to embrace who you are and they support you in any way...” – Courtney from Saint Louis, MO

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...

“…The physical functionality of the school has its ups and downs. Though there are some students here with non-academic goals, there are just as many dedicated, aspiring professionals. The teaching and administration, and the opportunities offered are...” – Ashaun from Carbondale, 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...

“…Illinois Tech is a vibrant institute with the largest diverse student population I have ever seen!. Education First! Fun last!” – Amadou from Lynnwood, WA

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...

“…Immediately stepping foot on campus I have transformed into a better individual with a higher education. Westerns motto is higher values in higher education, they apply this very well with their amazing professors, numerous extracurricular activities...” – Meghan from Frankfort, 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...

“…One of the best in the midwest! My experience has been great, everybody is dedicated to making the Elmhurst Experience better. Beautiful campus, great reputation.” – Chad from Lombard, 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...

“…i am so glad i decided to come here! all of the professors have doctorates and so far they have genuinely cared about my education. the campus is absolutely gorgeous.” – Meridith from Byron, IL

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....

“…wheaton college is a school for the serious christian student. it is intensely focused on academics, athletics, and an intentional christian perspective on life. if you want to grow as a christian scholar, attend wheaton college.” – Daniel 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 gives a well-rounded education. the campus is beautiful and everything is easily accessible. the students, faculty, staff, and professors are nice and always willing to give a helping hand.” – Megan from Lake Zurich, 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 Illinois University is a place where you can be a part of many different things. There are awesome spots to study around campus and people to help you along the way. The writing center and tutors are a great thing to take advantage of. ” – Olivia from Minonk, IL

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...

“…I would rate North Park a number one school. I left North Park after my first year because I thought another school would be better. Believe me once your at North Park with the great teachers and the super help you get from everyone you will not...” – Taylor 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...

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

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...

“…A wide variety of students from all different backgrounds, the school is was started as a social justice establishment and (almost) keeps this up. Plenty of political science and political justice majors, while also offering a great Psychology...” – Jessica from Naperville, 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,...

“…It is a small cozy college with a beautiful campus. Teachers are amazing friendly and caring about each student individually. The campus is old fashioned, but with a modern twist. ” – Wiktoria from Melrose Park, 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...

“…saic provides a challenging and creative environment to sharpen your artistic skills. the staff is well equipped with experience and knowledge to give practical and helpful direction. the school is also located in one of the most exciting cities in...” – Maria from Irmo, SC

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 is a traditional small town liberal arts schools. the professors are excellent and the academics are intellectually stimulating. however, the location is most definitely small town; be sure you're comfortable with that type of environment before...” – Sara from Littleton, CO

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 college is an intensive, liberal arts school. with a diverse and broad range of studies and activities, students are able to explore many aspects. thus, this college is bound to encourage and support a student's future career.” – Chelsey from 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...

“…Very dedicated professors and admin that can get you to the path you want. They also put a great deal of time in to be able to work one on one. The campus is very relaxing and the facilities are newer. ” – Jason from Bolingbrook, 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...

“…it is the best choice i've made in my life so far! the school is a tight-knit community focused on the student's success. it is like the missing puzzle piece you search forever for and finally, when you find it, everything is complete. ” – Kyline from Crystal Lake, 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...

“…i like the school alot, though it took some getting used to. most of my teachers are great, though some are awful! ” – Mackenzie from Aurora, 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 changed alot and has become a very beautiful school to attend. It has added alot of new building to help each major get a better education experience. The school has expanded alot and allows personal rooms of education so...” – Thomas from Justice, 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...

“…the school has a nice diverse staff all of which are friendly and helpful. the school has a lot of opportunities for its students it's just a matter of talking to the right person and doing the work.” – Chris from Boynton Beach, FL

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 is a very good school to attend. The advisors and teachers are very helpful with what ever you as them. Even the students their are very helpful also.” – Patrease from West Palm Beach, FL

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....

“…great school located in one of the safest neighborhood. smaller class size add up to student's advantage. however, not allowing international graduate students to do internship is something that can be discussed or changed.” – NAMGYEL 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 great campus with lots of history and nice small classes. the teachers i have had for class are great--they really care and do all they can to help you. it is very easy to get extra help and tutors when needed for classes. i...” – Samuel from Brighton, 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 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 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 college is very adapatable. This school is very career focused, teachers as well as students. The campus is a huge part of the community.” – Justina from Waukegan, 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 school has many academic and athletic opportunities for students. The school also has a strong Christian tradition, and it accepts students from all races, income levels, backgrounds, etc. The school also has good professors; small class sizes...” – Christian from Berwyn, 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...

“…I can't wait to start going to IWU. It seems like a great place and I love the environment.” – Andrea from Peoria, 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...

“…although this school is rather small, there is always something to do. the atmosphere is great, and somehow everyone learns to know one another little by little. moreover, this school strives for academic excellence for their students in a unique and...” – Arthrur from Orland Hills, 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...

“…awesome atmosphere. exceptional staff. perfect for small town kids like myself!” – Morgann from Rockton, 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 like a big family home. Everyone knows everyone for something or other. Everyone is very friendly, loving and accepting. ” – Philip from South Holland, 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,...

“…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...

“…GSU has great academic resources in the library including tutoring and essay writing skills. GSU advisers are very helpful and always willing to make time to complete your plan of study. GSU has a friendly and open campus that provides a...” – Rachael from Merrillville, IN

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...

“…It's a very good school to go to. They have people here to help you when you need it. It's a very safe school. ” – Alessa 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...

“…UIS is one of the greatest colleges I've ever known. The academic resources are amazing. The overall campus life here is just outstanding. ” – Claude from Chicago, 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...

“…Attending Joliet Junior College is the best decision I have ever made. The Professors there have given me motivation, belief in myself and the desire to contribute all I can to this world. My life has a new meaning since attending JJC.” – Linda 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...

“…Trinity is an amazing college where I feel I have thrived and developed into not only a better friend, student, daughter, but also a better christian. Being at Trinity I have also learned to be more organized and less of a procrastinator. All in all...” – Natasha from Zuni, NM

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,...

“…A school that has a strong Catholic foundation, promoting a great college experience, within the inviting city. The teachers are very helpful and experts in the area of teaching. The class sizes are small which allows for an easy learning environment...” – Eric from Channahon, 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,...

“…Oakton gets you prepared for the real world. There is a lot of leniency within the school. Better than I expected ” – Ramina 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...

“…i love it! judson is the perfect place for me and i know it's where i belong. i feel as though i am really a part of the community here and that i am valued.” – Ashley from 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...

“…The school is great! I attend the campus in Spokane and it is so beautiful! If you are considering Moody, I would say apply; if you don't get into Chicago, Spokane is amazing too :)” – Jamie from IN

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...

“…This is a small campus that makes me feel right at home. Everyone is very helpful and polite. It feels like you are a part of a family.” – Losa

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...

“…everything considered, macmurray is a great college with small class sizes, personal interaction from your professors, and genuine care about your education from everyone here. they have a free tutoring center which employs your peers to help you...” – Jacob from Fort Worth, TX

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...

“…siue is a great school for students of all majors and brings you diversity in a safe environment. help is always provided if needed whether you would prefer help from a professor, another student, or a study group for any course. this is a...” – Jessica from Maywood, 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...

“…Lake Land College is a nice place to go if you are from a small rural area or if you are from a large city. Lake Land College has a lot to offer students, from sports to a fantastic library. There is a lot of open parking in all of the lots that make...” – Tami from Charleston, IL

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

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

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...

“…Moraine Valley is a very special college, they push students to do their best to their fullest potential. Each and every teacher I have personally been taught by has showed a deep desire for all their students to succeed. And they do there best to...” – David from Calumet 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 the a great place for adult students. The low tuition rate and night class availability is what makes working a full-time job while furthering your education and career a possibility. Also, every instructor I've had so far has...” – Rachel 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 provides hands on experience. I appreciate the one on one learning experience from professionals. It is one of the best private medical universities in Chicago.” – Sameera

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...

“…Online classes at an accredited college is an important part of my busy life. Illinois Central College has been a great way for me to attend college while working and taking care of my growing family. I would give ICC a high rating in quality and...” – Wendy from Mason City, 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...

“…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....

“…Greenville has a beautiful campus. Everyone there, both students and faculty, is so pleasant, warm and welcoming. They really care about the individual students and helping them to pursue their dreams and goals.” – Hannah from Urbana, 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...

“…it is convenient and inexpensive. the classes are pretty easy and the homework isn't too much. there are resources available if you need help” – Reviewer from Crystal Lake, 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...

“…the instructors are great. purchasing books, signing up for classes and interacting with the business office are uncomplicated. i enjoy this college so much!” – Jane from Oak Forest, 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 love this college! All the classes are easy to find and registration is a breeze! Not only that but all the teachers are professional and very helpful.” – Amanda from Sycamore, 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...

“… robert morris university is a very good school. the staff carry themselves in a very professional manner. robert morris have a nice diverse environment. i recommend robert morris university.” – William from Chicago, 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...

“…I have enjoyed the time that I have been enrolled in LLCC. The teachers make there classes fun where you are eager to learn receive a rewarding experience from it. The teachers are also helpful. LLCC also provides many helpful services such as the...” – Amanda from Athens, 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...

“…RCC staff are pleasant and very informative. The campus is very accessible to all needs. The 'My Richland' website has every aspect of the school at one's fingertips!” – Catherine 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...

“…good student ratios” – Malai from Rockford, 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....

“…-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...

“…lincoln christian university has been an excellent experience both in education and spirituality. their expectations for us are kept high and keep me motivated to succeed in my college career. lincoln christian university is doing an awe inspiring...” – Emily from Columbia, TN

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...

“…I love the college the teachers are great. I have done very good here. With I could get my bachelors here. ” – Angela from Opdyke, 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...

“…wonderful teachers, and other staff. i'm looking forward to taking more classes there this summer. thank you!” – Danielle from Oregon, 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...

“…excellent tutoring services. knowledgeable and personable instructors. very affordable.” – Jeremiah from Shiloh, 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 one of the best community college out there that can help you prepare for a four year university or to save up for a four year university. Whether its a physical education associate or an engineering associate, Harper College...” – Colin from Wheeling, 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...

“…KCC is a nice community college with a small student body and small class sizes. The campus is pretty and in a convenient location. The professors and staff are all kind and helpful and actually care about your future and your education. ” – Alex 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...

“…a kind and very loving community. small classes make for more one-on-one time, and there are always tutors available. the bluffs are a great place to explore and think.” – Fellow CS

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...

“…This is a great and very flexible college to work with. It is a good start whether you are still in high school, just getting out, or someone getting a late start. There are several campuses to add more convenience. ” – Kayce from Goreville, 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...

“…I would rate Harold Washington College a 9 out of 10. Harold Washington College is a 9 out of 10 because this is a college that provides me with access to all the thing i need while pursuing my education. I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 because...” – Amourinfinity 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

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...

“…Its an excellent starter school with helpful staff. Great medical programs offered.” – Tiffany 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...

“…I love Southeastern Illinois College because it has different clubs and groups that anyone can join, and sometimes they go on some fun end of the year trips. They also have some incredible teachers that are so passionate about teaching that it makes...” – Juanita from Carmi, IL

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