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 in the state's institutions of higher education. 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%
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    Wheaton College

    • 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%
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    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    • 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

    • SAT Range 1030/1190
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.43
    • Students: 3,927
    • Tuition:$32,320
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    • SAT Range 960/1210
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.36
    • Students: 2,094
    • Tuition:$35,002
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • SAT Range 850/1200
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 2,928
    • Tuition:$38,880
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • SAT Range 1040/1200
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.39
    • Students: 6,440
    • Tuition:$32,450
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • SAT Range 960/1270
    • ACT Range 20/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 2,494
    • Tuition:$30,520
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
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    McKendree University

    • SAT Range 990/1190
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.32
    • Students: 3,426
    • Tuition:$37,055
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 17/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.28
    • Students: 567
    • Tuition:$25,390
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • SAT Range 970/1190
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.15
    • Students: 17,169
    • Tuition:$14,617
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
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    Northern Illinois University

    • SAT Range 1000/1220
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.38*
    • Students: 4,655
    • Tuition:$36,070
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.16
    • Students: 2,900
    • Tuition:$29,860
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
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    North Park University

    • SAT Range 950/1160
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.38
    • Students: 1,131
    • Tuition:$30,175
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 64%
    • SAT Range 980/1170
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.2
    • Students: 914
    • Tuition:$37,674
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 69%
    • SAT Range 1020/1220
    • ACT Range 21/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.29
    • Students: 31,683
    • Tuition:$13,764
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 76%
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    University of Illinois at Chicago

    • SAT Range 920/1150
    • ACT Range 18/24
    • Average HS GPA 3.38
    • Students: 1,132
    • Tuition:$27,130
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 48%
    • SAT Range 1010/1190
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.36
    • Students: 20,635
    • Tuition:$14,516
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 89%
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    Illinois State University