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Universities and Colleges in Chicago

 

Chicago is a bustling center of industry, commerce and education. With a substantial industrial base and a major inland port, Chicago's primary employment sectors include manufacturing, printing and publishing; finance and insurance; and food processing, among others. Chicago offers an interesting diversity among its industries--it is home to 11 Fortune 500 companies, including massive aerospace and defense contractor Boeing, and is also known as the Candy Capital of the nation. These industrial sectors need educated employees, and this Windy City of 2.7 million people delivers opportunities for graduates of its colleges and universities.

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Studying in Chicago: Colleges and Universities

Chicago offers a long list of options for the aspiring student. U.S. News and World Report named the University of Chicago fifth among national universities in 2012. Competition for freshman slots is keen, with only 18.8 percent of applicants accepted to the university.  In addition to an undergraduate program that offers degrees in a wide variety of fields, the University of Chicago is well-known for its award-winning graduate schools, including the Booth School of Business, Pritzker School of Medicine, and the University of Chicago Law School. The latter is ranked fifth among best law schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Chicago universities also include two other top-notch research schools: the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as Northwestern University. The University of Illinois at Chicago is the third-largest school in the state and home to the largest medical school in the nation. Its strong undergraduate program encompasses a wide range of fields and degree opportunities.

Established in 1851, Northwestern University is home to 12 schools, including the prestigious J. L. Kellogg School of Management, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the Northwestern University Law School. Many faculty members have impressive backgrounds, including Tony Award winners and MacArthur Fellowship recipients. Among Illinois students who took the SAT exam in 2010, 26.1 percent asked to have their scores sent to Northwestern University for possible admission consideration.

Other schools of note in the Chicago area include the Illinois School of Optometry, the oldest optometry school in the United States, and Loyola University Chicago, which is the largest Jesuit school in the world. Columbia College Chicago offers a wide range of degree opportunities in theater and the arts. Rush Medical College was the first institution of higher learning chartered in the state, and one of the first medical schools opened in the Midwest. And these options are just the tip of the iceberg for students pursuing higher education in Chicago.

Vocational and Trade Schools in Chicago

Chicago has long been known as a city of industry, and that spirit is reflected in the vast array of technical and vocational colleges in the city. If you are looking for a career that lets you play with electricity, Coyne College could be right for you. Aspiring massage therapists are welcome at The SOMA Institute. Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy offers two-year programs in everything from animation to broadcasting.

Rasmussen College can prepare you with degrees in business, criminal justice, child care, and health care. Argosy University, American InterContinental University Online, Computer Systems Institute and Environmental Technical Institute are just a few examples of the numerous offerings available to those who want to pursue a diploma, certificate, associate degree or, in some cases, a bachelor's degree.

Other Schools in the Greater Chicago Area

If the hustle and bustle of Chicago is a bit too much for your taste, consider colleges in Chicago that are just outside the metro area. Elmhurst College and Wheaton College are a stone's throw away but not too deep into the city. The same applies to College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Lake Forest University in Lake Forest, and Northern Illinois University or DePaul University in Naperville. Explore our list of colleges in Chicago to identify the type of academic program that could be an asset for you.

 

 

 

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            Other Colleges & Universities in Chicago

            American Academy of Art
            Chicago, Illinois
            Chicago State University
            Chicago, Illinois
            Columbia College
            Chicago, Illinois
            DePaul University
            Chicago, Illinois
            East-West University
            Chicago, Illinois
            Harold Washington College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            Harry S Truman College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            Illinois Institute of Technology
            Chicago, Illinois
            Kendall College
            Chicago, Illinois
            Kennedy-King College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            Loyola University Chicago
            Chicago, Illinois
            MacCormac College
            Chicago, Illinois
            Malcolm X College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            National Louis University
            Chicago, Elgin, Evanston, Wheaton, Wheeling, several other campuses
            North Park University
            Chicago, Illinois
            Northeastern Illinois University
            Chicago, Illinois
            Olive-Harvey College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            Prairie State College
            Chicago Heights, Illinois
            Richard J Daley College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            Robert Morris College
            Chicago, Illinois
            Roosevelt University
            Chicago, Schaumburg, Illinois
            St. Augustine College
            Chicago, Illinois
            Telshe Yeshiva
            Chicago, Illinois
            University of Chicago
            Chicago, Illinois
            VanderCook College of Music
            Chicago, Illinois
            Wilbur Wright College
            Chicago, Illinois (City Colleges of Chicago)
            City Colleges of Chicago
            Erikson Institute
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            Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
            Chicago
            Meadville Lombard Theological School
            Chicago
            Moody Bible Institute
            Chicago, Illinois
            Rush University
            Chicago
            Saint Xavier University
            Chicago, Orland Park, Illinois
            School of the Art Institute of Chicago
            Chicago, Illinois
            Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
            Chicago
            The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
            Chicago