The Best Illinois Colleges

List of Colleges and Universities in Illinois

There are 127 colleges and universities in Illinois enrolling 417,397 full time students. Explore the list of top colleges in Illinois below to get your college search started. The CollegeSimply rankings and listings are objective and data focused to help you find the good colleges. Whether you're searching for a public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Illinois offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

For a more local search, filter by zip code or find colleges around Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Naperville or Peoria.

The best college in Illinois is University of Chicago and the top public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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    • SAT Range 1470/1570
    • ACT Range 33/35
    • Average HS GPA 4.0
    • Students: 17,002
    • Tuition:$58,230
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 7%
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    University of Chicago

    • SAT Range 1430/1550
    • ACT Range 33/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.92*
    • Students: 22,127
    • Tuition:$54,568
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 8%
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    Northwestern University

    • SAT Range 1200/1460
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.79*
    • Students: 49,702
    • Tuition:$15,094
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 62%
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    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

    • SAT Range 1120/1320
    • ACT Range 24/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 1,693
    • Tuition:$47,636
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 59%
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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    • SAT Range 1220/1400
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.92
    • Students: 6,753
    • Tuition:$47,646
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
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    Illinois Institute of Technology

    • SAT Range 1120/1310
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.65
    • Students: 17,007
    • Tuition:$44,048
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
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    Loyola University Chicago

    • SAT Range 1210/1420
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.71
    • Students: 2,944
    • Tuition:$36,420
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 83%
    • SAT Range 1090/1290
    • ACT Range 23/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.69
    • Students: 5,882
    • Tuition:$33,760
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
    • SAT Range 1120/1340
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 3,639
    • Tuition:$49,310
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 59%
    • SAT Range 990/1220
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.44
    • Students: 4,575
    • Tuition:$11,813
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 53%
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    University of Illinois at Springfield