Colleges and Universities in Illinois

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

Other Colleges & Universities in Illinois

American Academy of Art
Chicago, Illinois
Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois
Aurora University
Aurora, Illinois; also Williams Bay, WI (Lake Geneva)
Benedictine University at Springfield
Springfield, Illinois (formerly Springfield College)
Black Hawk College
Moline, Kewanee, Illinois
Blackburn College
Carlinville, Illinois
Bradley University
Peoria, Illinois
Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, Carthage, Bushnell, Illinois
Chicago State University
Chicago, Illinois
Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Illinois
College of DuPage
Glenn Ellyn, Illinois
College of Lake County
Grayslake, Illinois
Columbia College
Chicago, Illinois
Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Illinois
Danville Area Community College
Danville, Illinois
DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois
Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois
East-West University
Chicago, Illinois
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL
Elgin Community College
Elgin, Illinois
Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, Illinois
Eureka College
Eureka, Illinois
Frontier Community College
Fairfield, Illinois (Illinois Eastern Community Colleges)
Greenville College
Greenville, Illinois
Harold Washington College
Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
Harry S Truman College
Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
Heartland Community College
Normal, Illinois
Highland Community College
Freeport, Illinois
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, IL
Illinois College
Jacksonville, Illinois
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
Illinois Valley Community College
Oglesby, Illinois
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois
John A Logan College
Carterville, Illinois
John Wood Community College
Quincy, Illinois
Joliet Junior College
Joliet, Romeoville, Morris, Illinois
Judson University
Elgin, Illinois
Kankakee Community College
Kankakee, Illinois
Kaskaskia College
Centralia, Illinois
Kendall College
Chicago, Illinois
Kennedy-King College
Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
Kishwaukee College
Malta, Illinois
Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois
Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois
Lake Land College
Mattoon, Illinois
Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey, Illinois
Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
Lincoln, Illinois
Lincoln College
Lincoln, Illinois
Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield, Illinois
Lincoln Trail College
Robinson, Illinois (Illinois Eastern Community Colleges)
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
MacCormac College
Chicago, Illinois
MacMurray College
Jacksonville, Illinois
Malcolm X College
Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, Illinois