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 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