Best Illinois Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2021

There are 127 colleges and universities in Illinois enrolling 727,809 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Illinois below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Illinois offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 Illinois is home to nationally ranked institutions like University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Wheaton College. The highest ranked college in Illinois is University of Chicago and the top rated public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Local college options can be explored in Chicago, Aurora and Rockford or other cities.


127 results

List of the Best Illinois Colleges

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,002enrollment
  • $34,719net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 22,127enrollment
  • $26,196net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 49,702enrollment
  • $14,660net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.79*Avg GPA
Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,944enrollment
  • $28,795net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,693enrollment
  • $28,912net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1320SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,753enrollment
  • $26,708net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1400SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,007enrollment
  • $36,388net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA
Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL
Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 5,882enrollment
  • $26,791net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1270SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 31,683enrollment
  • $12,322net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 4,575enrollment
  • $11,534net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 995-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
S
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,639enrollment
  • $50,167net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Knox College
K
Galesburg, IL
Knox College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,333enrollment
  • $23,476net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1350SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,440enrollment
  • $19,520net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1200SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA
Trinity Christian College
T
Palos Heights, IL
 
Trinity Christian College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,131enrollment
  • $23,177net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 970-1150SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA
Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,426enrollment
  • $22,791net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 990-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA
Dominican University
D
River Forest, IL
Dominican University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,990enrollment
  • $19,280net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Northern Illinois University
N
Dekalb, IL
Northern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,169enrollment
  • $18,346net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 940-1170SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.15Avg GPA
North Central College
N
Naperville, IL
North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,928enrollment
  • $25,536net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA