The Best Value Illinois Colleges

Best Value Colleges in Illinois for 2024

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in Illinois based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2024 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking factored against the typical net price paid by students - to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2024 as the overall best value college in Illinois is Northwestern University with a 10 out of 10 academic rating for a comparatively affordable $28,344 average net price. The highest value public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


41 results

Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 

Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,183enrollment
  • $20,022net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Olivet Nazarene University
O
Bourbonnais, IL

Olivet Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,462enrollment
  • $20,006net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.38Estimated Avg GPA

North Central College
N
Naperville, IL

North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#21 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,728enrollment
  • $26,053net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

North Park University
N
Chicago, IL

North Park University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#22 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,749enrollment
  • $19,320net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 890-1162SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.14Avg GPA

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
S
Edwardsville, IL

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#23 Best Value in Illinois

  • 13,010enrollment
  • $14,506net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 920-1160SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Western Illinois University
W
Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#24 Best Value in Illinois

  • 7,455enrollment
  • $15,361net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 880-1090SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Roosevelt University
R
Chicago, IL

Roosevelt University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#25 Best Value in Illinois

  • 4,127enrollment
  • $22,856net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 860-1120SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.13Avg GPA

Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#26 Best Value in Illinois

  • 17,498enrollment
  • $37,731net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1360SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Illinois State University
I
Normal, IL

Illinois State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#27 Best Value in Illinois

  • 20,233enrollment
  • $20,933net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Benedictine University
B
Lisle, IL

Benedictine University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#28 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,378enrollment
  • $27,061net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1280SAT range
  • 19-28ACT range
  • 3.26Avg GPA

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
S
Chicago, IL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#29 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,559enrollment
  • $51,606net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1048-1260SAT range
  • 22-25ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 15

Aurora University
A
Aurora, IL

Aurora University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#30 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,165enrollment
  • $17,563net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 960-1130SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Chicago State University
C
Chicago, IL

Chicago State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#31 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,366enrollment
  • $8,637net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 750-963SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
  • 3.18Avg GPA

Concordia University Chicago
C
River Forest, IL
 

Concordia University Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#32 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,086enrollment
  • $17,363net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 990-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.18Avg GPA

Eastern Illinois University
E
Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#33 Best Value in Illinois

  • 8,608enrollment
  • $13,551net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 900-1140SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Greenville University
G
Greenville, IL

Greenville University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#34 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,047enrollment
  • $21,366net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 900-1170SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Illinois College
I
Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#35 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,097enrollment
  • $17,544net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

McKendree University
M
Lebanon, IL

McKendree University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#36 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,958enrollment
  • $20,869net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 871-1277SAT range
  • 18-28ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA