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 305 colleges in Illinois - 67 public and 238 private schools. The 2023 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $19,513 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $19,703. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,140 and the average acceptance rate is 72% for Illinois Best Colleges Comparison.
The 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.
2022-2023 Colleges In Illinois Statistics
Top 20 colleges in IllinoisAll colleges in Illinois
Number of Schools20 schools
(4 public, 16 private)
305 schools
(67 public, 238 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$14,096 (in-state)
$38,309 (out-of-state)
$10,439 (in-state)
$19,513 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$12,165 (in-state)
$24,272 (out-of-state)
$11,983 (in-state)
$19,703 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$24,507$9,317
Test Scores1,215 SAT, 27 ACT 1,140 SAT, 25 ACT
Acceptance Rate62.09% 71.73%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)25.67% 30.50%
Population194,568701,394
Undergraduate120,809541,276
Graduate73,759160,118
Graduation Rate68.25%56.34%
Transfer-out Rate17.67%19.56%
Students to Faculty Ratio11.85 to 113.65 to 1

Top Colleges In Illinois Comparison

The next table lists the top 20 colleges in Illinois for academic year 2022-2023. University of Chicago ranked top in the Illinois Best Colleges Comparison and Northwestern University and Principia College follows it. The 2023 average tuition & fees is $38,309 for undergraduate programs $24,272 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in Illinois is 1,215 and the acceptance rate is 62.09%. The average students to faculty ratio is 11.85 to 1 for top colleges in Illinois. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2022-2023 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
$62,940 $43,934 18,3395% 1,540 SAT
34 ACT
5 to 1
2 Northwestern University
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Private, 4-yearsEvanston, IL
$63,468 $53,533 23,1617% 1,530 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
3 Principia College
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Private, 4-yearsElsah, IL
$32,130 $28,378 32348% 1,125 SAT 6 to 1
4 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Public, 4-yearsChampaign, IL
$38,362
($17,782)
$16,449 56,91645% 1,440 SAT
32 ACT
21 to 1
5 Illinois Institute of Technology
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Private, 4-yearsChicago, IL
$50,279 $36,536 6,94361% 1,310 SAT
30 ACT
13 to 1
6 Wheaton College
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Private, 4-yearsWheaton, IL
$42,240 $20,220 2,88588% 1,340 SAT
31 ACT
12 to 1
7 Loyola University Chicago
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Private, 4-yearsChicago, IL
$49,498 $24,072 16,89979% 1,275 SAT
29 ACT
13 to 1
8 Illinois Wesleyan University
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Private, 4-yearsBloomington, IL
$53,814 $34,689 1,52742% 1,250 SAT
27 ACT
11 to 1
9 Lewis University
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Private, 4-yearsRomeoville, IL
$36,530 $20,916 6,51374% 1,100 SAT
25 ACT
14 to 1
10 Bradley University
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Private, 4-yearsPeoria, IL
$37,800 $23,152 5,55275% 1,180 SAT
27 ACT
12 to 1
11 University of St Francis
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Private, 4-yearsJoliet, IL
$36,000 $21,896 3,29758% 1,110 SAT
28 ACT
13 to 1
12 Trinity International University-Illinois
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Private, 4-yearsDeerfield, IL
$33,898 $25,442 1,24291% 1,025 SAT
22 ACT
12 to 1
13 North Park University
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Private, 4-yearsChicago, IL
$34,020 $19,798 2,66068% -
22 ACT
10 to 1
14 Illinois State University
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Public, 4-yearsNormal, IL
$23,209
($13,941)
$10,441 20,68386% 1,090 SAT
24 ACT
19 to 1
15 Judson University
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Private, 4-yearsElgin, IL
$30,910 $19,730 97358% 1,025 SAT
20 ACT
10 to 1
16 University of Illinois Springfield
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Public, 4-yearsSpringfield, IL
$19,282
($12,190)
$10,692 4,19882% 1,100 SAT
24 ACT
12 to 1
17 Elmhurst University
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Private, 4-yearsElmhurst, IL
$40,232 $25,425 3,73176% 1,090 SAT
24 ACT
13 to 1
18 Northern Illinois University
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Public, 4-yearsDekalb, IL
$12,472 $9,294 15,64971% - 14 to 1
19 North Central College
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Private, 4-yearsNaperville, IL
$43,046 $26,715 2,69561% 1,120 SAT
25 ACT
12 to 1
20 Blackburn College
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Private, 4-yearsCarlinville, IL
$26,055 $18,819 38264% - 9 to 1
Average$38,309
($14,096)
$24,507 194,56862.09% 1,215 SAT 11.85 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 2022-2023