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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Named for the doctor who discovered the structure of DNA, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a graduate school of health care in the north Chicagoland area. RFU offers over 30 health science programs through its colleges of...

Wilbur Wright College is a 2-year community college and part of the City Colleges of Chicago system on the northwest side of The Windy City. Wilbur Wright confers degrees and certificates in 10 academic focus areas as well as a transfer partner with...

“…Wilbur Wright College is a great college! They have the best teacher, academic environment, and facility. If you are planning to attend transferring school, this is one of the best schools to consider. ” – Dagmara from Des Plaines, IL

Danville Area Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Illinois. DACC offers more than 100 career and transfer programs, with a variety of courses available to complete online. Students also have the opportunity to earn bachelor’s...

“…DACC is very affordable. They have great instructor to student ratio and has a great tutoring center.” – Branden from Danville, IL

Formerly located in the suburbs, Resurrection University is a nursing and healthcare training school in the north side of Chicago. ResU offers a bachelor’s degree in Nursing program in both day and evening/weekend tracks as well as undergraduate...

Illinois Valley Community College is a 2-year institution serving an eight county area and the second oldest community college in Illinois. Illinois Valley’s academic offerings feature a Wind Energy program that utilizes the college’s prairie...

“…The science-related and health-related courses are excellent. There are great teachers who really want to see you succeed. There are so many means of study aide in this college: the professor's office hours, open labs, peer tutoring, and the help...” – Hannah from Utica, IL

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

“…vandercook is an amazing place if you are planning on being a music teacher or are a teacher going back to get your masters. the information you learn is very useful. the staff is also amazing and very knowledgeable. ” – Elisabeth from Niles, MI

Olney Central College is a public, 2-year institution associated the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges organization. OCC offers over 40 career-oriented and transferable degree and certificate programs, which students can earn in order to advance to...

“…Its a great college, teachers and office workers are friendly. They are focused on the students education. I feel like i belong at Olney Central College” – Samantha from Flora, IL

Wabash Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in Mount Carmel, Illinois. The college offers transfer degrees and 15 career-oriented programs, including Advanced Manufacturing, Gunsmithing, Nursing, and more, with options for...

“…Wabash Valley College is great for students who wish to further their education but don't have the money to attend a traditional university. However, students should exercise caution because most of the professors and faculty are excellent, but a...” – Anonymous

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

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

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

“…This university encompasses all aspects of health in the natural realm. Not only do they focus on learned sciences, they also focus on application of the learning involved with 1000s of years of tested results, and compassion that's missing in the...” – Lee-Anne from Hoffman Estates, IL

Lakeview College of Nursing is a nursing academy with a main campus and a satellite location at Eastern Illinois University. Lakeview features a 2-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as well as a 1-and-a half-year accelerated track. For...

“…I am taking an online class through Lakeview College of Nursing, and I really like it. I have not actually been in classroom settings, however, I have seen the campus. I think it provides adequate space and lab settings suited for the education of...” – Megan from Dieterich, IL

Lincoln Trail College is a public, 2-year institution established in Robinson, Illinois, and a member of the Illinois Eastern Community College District. LTC offers nearly 40 degree and certificate programs designed for career-placement and college...

“…LTC has great class size. The professors are all very helpful and ready to make sure you succeed. A community college at an affordable price.” – Lori from Robinson, IL

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

“…City colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman college it is very beneficial for my needs. It is closed to my house. It is a small college and It is easy to get help by my teachers. It has free tutors. ” – Maribel from Chicago, IL

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

“…This school is very accessible. The school has helped me to complete the classes needed to continue my education. It is affordable.” – Ashley from Chicago, IL

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

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

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

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago

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

“…You can get a high quality education from this school. Classes and people are quite fun and decent. Teachers care about your education, and help you out. ” – James from Chicago, IL

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

“…I rate Kennedy King College as one of the best City Colleges of Chicago because we have new campus. We have new laboratories with state of art science equipment. Our faculty on campus are very helpful and resourceful for us to further our educations” – Petulia from Chicago, IL

Trinity International University-Illinois

Founded in 1897, Trinity International University is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America. Trinity confers undergraduate degrees in over 30 academic majors focused on core...

“…trinity is an amazing school. i haven't even started going there, and i already feel as if i am a part of the school. the community of the school is amazing. everyone is so close and treat each other as a family. ” – Leslie from Chicago, IL

Frontier Community College is a 2-year institution and one of four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges. FCC confers degrees and certificates in 13 programs of study including Phlebotomy and Sport Management. FCC’s Automotive Technology program...

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a nurse training academy in central Illinois. Saint Francis features a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an RN to BSN program, both of which require students to complete a pre-nursing curriculum at...

“…Attending this school was one of the best choices I have ever made. The teachers here are all very involved and really know how to teach. I feel I will be the most prepared I can be for the nursing field by going to this school.” – Micaela from Clinton, IL

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

“…John Marshall has one of the most flexible school curriculum which caters to both full-time and part-time evening student. Furthermore, it has one of the best IP law programs in the country.” – Charles from Chicago , IL

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

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

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

MacCormac College

Established in 1904, MacCormac College is a private, 2-year institution located in Chicago, Illinois. As the oldest institution of its kind in the state, MC offers on-campus associate’s degree programs in Court Reporting, Criminal Justice, and...

Saint Anthony College of Nursing is a private, medical education institution located in Rockford, Illinois. Saint Anthony offers two BSN and RN to BSN undergraduate programs as well as a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and...

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

Hebrew Theological College is a school of Orthodox Jewish scholarship in the Chicagoland area dedicated to training rabbis and Torah scholars. Known informally as “Skokie Yeshiva,” HTC is home to the Beis Midrash & College Program for Men and...

“…A great choice for a US affiliate for post-high-school students in their first year out of high school. They have a lovely financial aid adviser who really does her best to help each student out. The only teacher I had was through a distance learning...” – A from Baltimore, MD

As one of 12 American institutions affiliated with the Presbyterian church, McCormick Theological Seminary is a Chicago-based seminary in the Reformed tradition. McCormick offers master’s degree programs in Divinity, Ministry, and Theological Studies...

Morrison Institute of Technology is an institution in northwest Illinois specializing in engineering and computer science. Morrison Tech offers programs in Engineering Technology and Network Administration and the engineering program features...

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

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

The Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is a medical and health science training institution in northwest Illinois. Trinity offers bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing and Health Sciences as well as two associate degrees in Radiography and...

With campus a short walk from Grant Park, the Soma Institute is a school of massage therapy in Chicago. The Soma Institute is the only school in the United States to confer a diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy. This program combines classroom work...

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

Established in 1886, St. John's College-Department of Nursing is a private, medical education institution located in Springfield, Illinois. St. John's College offers five bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Nursing, including a general program...

As the largest Roman Catholic seminary in the United States, the University of St. Mary of the Lake is a graduate school in the Chicagoland area dedicated to training students for the priesthood. St. Mary of the Lake confers master’s degrees in...

Modeled after Talmudic academies of Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern Torah centers, Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago is a Jewish yeshiva dedicated to training scholars and future rabbis. Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago offers Talmudic Studies undergrad and graduate...

Originally founded in response to a typhoid epidemic, Graham Hospital School of Nursing is a nurse training academy in central Illinois. The Graham Hospital School is home to a 3-year diploma-granting program in Nursing that includes general...

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

Established in 1913, Northern Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Lisle, Illinois. The seminary offers six core degree and certificate programs, providing postgraduate education in fields of study including Divinity,...

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

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

Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a nurse training school in western Illinois and one of America’s first accredited nursing schools. Blessing Rieman offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Nursing as well as...

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

As one of the oldest nurse anesthesia institutions in the United States, The NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia is healthcare training academy in the Chicagoland area. The School of Nurse Anesthesia is home to a 3-year DNP...

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

The Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is a medical imaging school in western Illinois. Blessing Hospital features a 2-year Radiologic Technology curriculum consisting of alternating rotations of classroom studies and clinical...

With campus a short walk from the Mississippi River, the Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technology is a lab technician training academy in western Illinois. Blessing Hospital School confers an associate degree for Medical Laboratory...

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

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

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

CAAN Academy of Nursing is a nurse-training academy in the Chicagoland area with a focus on increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. CAAN offers certification-granting programs in Licensed Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing. In addition...

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

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

With campus a short walk from Lake Michigan and Grant Park, the Institute for Clinical Social Work is a graduate school of counseling in downtown Chicago. ICSW offers a 2-year Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling & Psychotherapy and a 3-year PhD...

“…If you are looking for a program that focuses on enhancing your clinical skills while integrating psychodynamic theories then this is a great program for you. Be challenged to think beyond what is expected and to be able to comprehend the structures...” – j_star51

Founded in 1862, Rockford Career College is a for-profit vocational-centered college in northern Illinois. The state’s fifth-oldest college, Rockford hosts degree and certificate-granting academic programs in five career-focused areas of study. In...

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