The Best Chicago Colleges

Chicago, Illinois area Colleges

There are 33 ranked colleges within the Chicago city limits and 79 colleges within a 50 mile radius. Area colleges collectively enroll a total of 475,881 students. If you're looking for a large school, University of Illinois at Chicago enrolls the most students with 29,481 currently taking classes. In terms of affordability, Ivy Tech Community College Northwest offers the lowest tuition for colleges in the Chicago area at $3,234 per year.

The top rated college in the area is University of Chicago which is ranked #6 in the nation by CollegeSimply.

Also explore Chicago area public, private, four year, public four year, community and junior colleges.

The Chicago area is home to popular nationally ranked institutions like University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Wheaton College and Illinois Institute of Technology.


79 results

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,834enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 4.2Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

5 miles from Chicago

Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in America

  • 22,603enrollment
  • $28,344net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

15 miles from Chicago

Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,908enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1450SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

21 miles from Chicago

Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,325enrollment
  • $28,161net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 4.06Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 15

3 miles from Chicago

Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 16,893enrollment
  • $37,731net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

11 miles from Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 33,518enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

3 miles from Chicago

Valparaiso University
V
Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Indiana

  • 3,122enrollment
  • $22,500net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.76Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

42 miles from Chicago

North Central College
N
Naperville, IL
North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,832enrollment
  • $26,053net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1230SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

24 miles from Chicago

Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,437enrollment
  • $20,022net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

26 miles from Chicago

Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,421enrollment
  • $21,776net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

14 miles from Chicago

Trinity Christian College
T
Palos Heights, IL
 
Trinity Christian College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,086enrollment
  • $23,177net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 980-1180SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

13 miles from Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
S
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,132enrollment
  • $51,606net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1048-1260SAT range
  • 22-25ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

4 miles from Chicago

Trinity International University
T
Deerfield, IL
 
Trinity International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,454enrollment
  • $21,271net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 910-1100SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.26Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

27 miles from Chicago

Dominican University
D
River Forest, IL
Dominican University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,189enrollment
  • $18,685net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 960-1160SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.72Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

9 miles from Chicago

University of St Francis
S
Joliet, IL
University of St Francis

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,529enrollment
  • $16,761net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 970-1180SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

30 miles from Chicago

Benedictine University
B
Lisle, IL
Benedictine University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,779enrollment
  • $27,061net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

22 miles from Chicago

Roosevelt University
R
Chicago, IL
Roosevelt University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 4,680enrollment
  • $22,856net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 900-1130SAT range
  • 18-26ACT range
  • 3.14Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

4 miles from Chicago

North Park University
N
Chicago, IL
North Park University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,831enrollment
  • $19,320net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 940-1122SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.14Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

10 miles from Chicago