Illinois Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in Illinois

The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller rolled around Chicago for a reason: It's the playground of Illinois. From summertime blues and barbecue festivals to sailing on Lake Michigan, the city draws students from all across the state. Party at night on Rush and Division Streets or walk through world-class art and history museums. Take a study break at historical ballparks, stadiums and concert halls. More than 60 state parks offer hiking, boating and camping to students breaking from classrooms in Carbondale, Chicago, Evanston, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield.


Colleges and universities span the state from north to south, including renowned institutions like Northwestern University, The University of Illinois, and De Paul University. Students also enjoy a wide selection of options among public and private colleges and online degree programs.

The Illinois economy and careers after college

Traditionally, the Illinois economy was built on a wide economic base balanced between agriculture, manufacturing, and energy. Today's top employers are in the education, financial, insurance and health care sectors and include businesses such as Abbott Laboratories, Allstate Insurance Company, Chase Bank, Loyola University Hospital and more. Occupations with the most openings in the state and the associated mean wages earned by workers in those fields, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, were:

  1. Accountants and auditors: $70,970
  2. Elementary school teachers:$59,460
  3. General and operations managers:$112,950
  4. Lawyers:$132,620
  5. Management analysts: $86,650
  6. Postsecondary teachers: $78,960
  7. Registered nurses: $67,530
  8. Secondary school teachers:$67,110

These careers all require a postsecondary education to enter the field. Illinois could be the educational answer for you and provide you with a place to work and play as well as to launch a career.

See also: Illinois Vocational Schools and Career Training

Directory of Illinois Colleges & Universities

Campus & Online Schools Accepting Students from Illinois

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            Other Colleges & Universities in Illinois

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            American Academy of Art
            Chicago, Illinois www.aaart.edu
            Augustana College
            Rock Island, Illinois www.augustana.edu
            Aurora University
            Aurora, Illinois; also Williams Bay, WI (Lake Geneva) www.aurora.edu
            Benedictine University at Springfield
            Springfield, Illinois (formerly Springfield College) www.sci.edu
            Black Hawk College
            Moline, Kewanee, Illinois www.bhc.edu
            Blackburn College
            Carlinville, Illinois www.blackburn.edu
            Bradley University
            Peoria, Illinois www.bradley.edu
            Carl Sandburg College
            Galesburg, Carthage, Bushnell, Illinois www.sandburg.edu
            Chicago State University
            Chicago, Illinois www.csu.edu
            Christian Life College
            Mount Prospect, Illinois www.christianlifecollege.edu
            College of DuPage
            Glenn Ellyn, Illinois www.cod.edu
            College of Lake County
            Grayslake, Illinois www.clcillinois.edu
            Columbia College
            Chicago, Illinois www.colum.edu
            Concordia University Chicago
            River Forest, Illinois www.cuchicago.edu
            Danville Area Community College
            Danville, Illinois www.dacc.edu
            DePaul University
            Chicago, Illinois www.depaul.edu
            Dominican University
            River Forest, Illinois www.dom.edu
            East-West University
            Chicago, Illinois www.eastwest.edu
            Eastern Illinois University
            Charleston, IL www.eiu.edu
            Elgin Community College
            Elgin, Illinois www.elgin.edu
            Elmhurst College
            Elmhurst, Illinois www.elmhurst.edu
            Eureka College
            Eureka, Illinois www.eureka.edu
            Frontier Community College
            Fairfield, Illinois (Illinois Eastern Community Colleges) www.iecc.edu/fcc/
            Greenville College
            Greenville, Illinois www.greenville.edu
            Harold Washington College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago) hwashington.ccc.edu
            Harry S Truman College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago) www.trumancollege.cc
            Heartland Community College
            Normal, Illinois www.heartland.edu
            Highland Community College
            Freeport, Illinois www.highland.edu
            Illinois Central College
            East Peoria, IL www.icc.edu
            Illinois College
            Jacksonville, Illinois www.ic.edu
            Illinois Institute of Technology
            Chicago, Illinois www.iit.edu
            Illinois State University
            Normal, IL www.ilstu.edu
            Illinois Valley Community College
            Oglesby, Illinois www.ivcc.edu
            Illinois Wesleyan University
            Bloomington, Illinois www.iwu.edu
            John A Logan College
            Carterville, Illinois www.jalc.edu
            John Wood Community College
            Quincy, Illinois www.jwcc.edu
            Joliet Junior College
            Joliet, Romeoville, Morris, Illinois www.jjc.edu
            Judson University
            Elgin, Illinois www.judsonu.edu
            Kankakee Community College
            Kankakee, Illinois www.kcc.edu
            Kaskaskia College
            Centralia, Illinois www.kaskaskia.edu
            Kendall College
            Chicago, Illinois www.kendall.edu
            Kennedy-King College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago) kennedyking.ccc.edu
            Kishwaukee College
            Malta, Illinois www.kishwaukeecollege.edu
            Knox College
            Galesburg, Illinois www.knox.edu
            Lake Forest College
            Lake Forest, Illinois www.lakeforest.edu
            Lake Land College
            Mattoon, Illinois www.lakelandcollege.edu
            Lewis and Clark Community College
            Godfrey, Illinois www.lc.edu
            Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
            Lincoln, Illinois www.lincolnchristian.edu
            Lincoln College
            Lincoln, Illinois www.lincolncollege.edu
            Lincoln Land Community College
            Springfield, Illinois www.llcc.edu
            Lincoln Trail College
            Robinson, Illinois (Illinois Eastern Community Colleges)
            Loyola University Chicago
            Chicago, Illinois www.luc.edu
            MacCormac College
            Chicago, Illinois www.maccormac.edu
            MacMurray College
            Jacksonville, Illinois www.mac.edu
            Malcolm X College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago) malcolmx.ccc.edu
            McHenry County College
            Crystal Lake, Illinois www.mchenry.edu