To identify the Best Colleges in Illinois for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in Illinois anywhere.

About The Best Colleges In Illinois

Illinois is home to over 300 colleges, and universities. While there are over 250 post-secondary schools in the Chicago metropolitan area alone.

The Illinois Colleges extend far beyond Lake Michigan, where schools are based in Springfield, Champaign, Peoria, Rockford and more. Both the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University are consistently classified as some of the country’s top schools.

The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Urbana and Champaign are also more prominent research universities.

Principia College & Loyola University are considered two of Illinois ‘ best private colleges. Loyola University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

The state has almost 50 community colleges, including the City Colleges of Chicago, seven Community Colleges and two culinary arts schools, under the system of Illinois Community College.

Regional Information about Illinois

Regional Information About Illinois
Major Cities: Chicago,Aurora.Rockford.
Attractions: Chicago Crime and Mob Tour, Giant City State Park, Chicago Botanic Garden
Cost of Living: Best Places Illinois Cost of Living
Popular Schools: University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Loyola University Chicago

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About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in Illinois takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. Northwestern University
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  2. University of Chicago
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  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  4. Wheaton College - Illinois
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  5. Illinois Wesleyan University
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  6. Illinois Institute of Technology
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  7. DePaul University
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  8. Augustana College - Illinois
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  9. Loyola University Chicago
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  10. Bradley University
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  11. University of Illinois at Chicago
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  12. Knox College
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  13. Illinois State University
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  14. Lake Forest College
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  15. University of St. Francis - Illinois
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  16. Illinois College
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  17. Eastern Illinois University
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  18. Western Illinois University
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  19. University of Illinois at Springfield
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  20. North Central College
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