Illinois Best Colleges Comparison

View the Illinois Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In Illinois Statistics

There are 281 colleges in Illinois - 66 public and 215 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $19,527 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $19,090. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,104 and the average acceptance rate is 71% for Illinois Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in Illinois. You may want to check more statistics and compare all Illinois colleges at Illinois Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In Illinois Statistics
Top 20 colleges in IllinoisAll colleges in Illinois
Number of Schools20 schools
(4 public, 16 private)
281 schools
(66 public, 215 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$14,180 (in-state)
$36,619 (out-of-state)
$10,176 (in-state)
$19,527 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$12,360 (in-state)
$23,466 (out-of-state)
$11,772 (in-state)
$19,090 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$21,768$8,466
Test Scores1,169 SAT, 26 ACT 1,104 SAT, 23 ACT
Acceptance Rate61.25% 70.66%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)30.05% 36.35%
Population190,901702,882
Undergraduate120,898543,239
Graduate70,003159,643
Graduation Rate69.95%56.91%
Transfer-out Rate18.00%20.63%
Students to Faculty Ratio11.70 to 113.14 to 1

Top Colleges In Illinois Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in Illinois for academic year 2019-2020. University of Chicago ranked top in the Illinois Best Colleges Comparison and Northwestern University and Principia College follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $36,619 for undergraduate programs $23,466 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in Illinois is 1,169 and the acceptance rate is 61.25%. The average students to faculty ratio is 11.70 to 1 for top colleges in Illinois. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in Illinois Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 University of Chicago
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Private, 4 yearsChicago, IL
$59,298 $41,552 17,8347% 1,535 SAT
35 ACT
5 to 1
2 Northwestern University
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Private, 4 yearsEvanston, IL
$58,701 $46,822 22,6039% 1,490 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
3 Principia College
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Private, 4 yearsElsah, IL
$30,720 $27,823 34093% 1,112 SAT
26 ACT
5 to 1
4 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Public, 4 yearsChampaign, IL
$36,720
($17,213)
$13,151 52,67963% 1,330 SAT
30 ACT
20 to 1
5 Illinois Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsChicago, IL
$50,230 $33,366 6,32561% 1,295 SAT
29 ACT
10 to 1
6 Wheaton College
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Private, 4 yearsWheaton, IL
$39,100 $19,262 2,90887% 1,330 SAT
29 ACT
10 to 1
7 Loyola University Chicago
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Private, 4 yearsChicago, IL
$46,060 $22,025 16,89371% 1,230 SAT
28 ACT
14 to 1
8 Illinois Wesleyan University
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Private, 4 yearsBloomington, IL
$51,336 $30,052 1,63657% 1,200 SAT
27 ACT
11 to 1
9 Lewis University
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Private, 4 yearsRomeoville, IL
$34,478 $18,202 6,43766% 1,115 SAT
24 ACT
14 to 1
10 Bradley University
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Private, 4 yearsPeoria, IL
$35,480 $20,726 5,85573% 1,180 SAT
25 ACT
14 to 1
11 University of St Francis
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Private, 4 yearsJoliet, IL
$35,000 $21,105 3,52960% 1,075 SAT
24 ACT
13 to 1
12 Trinity International University-Illinois
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Private, 4 yearsDeerfield, IL
$33,298 $22,557 1,45486% 1,005 SAT
23 ACT
8 to 1
13 North Park University
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Private, 4 yearsChicago, IL
$32,100 $16,153 2,83144% 1,031 SAT
22 ACT
10 to 1
14 Illinois State University
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Public, 4 yearsNormal, IL
$22,278
($13,115)
$8,840 20,72081% 1,120 SAT
24 ACT
19 to 1
15 Judson University
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Private, 4 yearsElgin, IL
$29,870 $9,280 1,17357% 1,000 SAT
20 ACT
10 to 1
16 University of Illinois at Springfield
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Public, 4 yearsSpringfield, IL
$18,528
($12,000)
$10,395 4,14677% 1,085 SAT
23 ACT
12 to 1
17 Elmhurst College
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Private, 4 yearsElmhurst, IL
$38,654 $23,622 3,42166% 1,075 SAT
23 ACT
13 to 1
18 Northern Illinois University
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Public, 4 yearsDekalb, IL
$14,392 $9,280 16,76959% 1,055 SAT
22 ACT
16 to 1
19 North Central College
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Private, 4 yearsNaperville, IL
$41,180 $24,523 2,83253% 1,140 SAT
25 ACT
13 to 1
20 Blackburn College
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Private, 4 yearsCarlinville, IL
$24,950 $16,619 51655% 984 SAT
20 ACT
11 to 1
Average$36,619
($14,180)
$21,768 190,90161.25% 1,169 SAT
25.6500 ACT
11.70 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020