Best Illinois Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2020

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. Ranking methodology is outlined on the data discussion 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 Illinois Wesleyan University. 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 found

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
  • $34,834net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT 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
  • $26,099net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT 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

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 49,702enrollment
  • $16,638net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1460SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.79*Avg GPA
Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,693enrollment
  • $30,147net price
  • 59%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

#5 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,753enrollment
  • $26,324net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL
Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 5,882enrollment
  • $25,857net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1290SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,007enrollment
  • $34,526net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
S
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,639enrollment
  • $45,728net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1340SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,944enrollment
  • $30,021net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.71Avg 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
  • $12,054net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 990-1220SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
University of St Francis
S
Joliet, IL
 
University of St Francis

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,927enrollment
  • $18,766net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1190SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA
Millikin University
M
Decatur, IL
Millikin University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,094enrollment
  • $20,988net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 960-1210SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.36Avg GPA
North Central College
N
Naperville, IL
North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,928enrollment
  • $25,037net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 850-1200SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,440enrollment
  • $19,967net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1200SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA
Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,426enrollment
  • $22,685net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 990-1190SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA
Eureka College
E
Eureka, IL
Eureka College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 567enrollment
  • $19,754net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 950-1170SAT range
  • 17-25ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
McKendree University
M
Lebanon, IL
McKendree University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,494enrollment
  • $20,890net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 960-1270SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Northern Illinois University
N
Dekalb, IL
Northern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,169enrollment
  • $19,379net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 970-1190SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.15Avg GPA