The Best Illinois Colleges

The Best Colleges in Illinois for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Illinois as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Illinois is University of Chicago. The top rated public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


41 results

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL

University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 18,832enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1510-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95Estimated Avg GPA

Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in America

  • 23,409enrollment
  • $28,344net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.92Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in America

  • 56,607enrollment
  • $13,517net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,047enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,653enrollment
  • $32,545net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA

Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,486enrollment
  • $28,161net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

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

University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 34,199enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1310SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL

Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 5,588enrollment
  • $25,850net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1280SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Lake Forest College
L
Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,690enrollment
  • $26,968net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1345SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,518enrollment
  • $21,776net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1013-1220SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Knox College
K
Galesburg, IL

Knox College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,156enrollment
  • $23,266net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1380SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Dominican University
D
River Forest, IL

Dominican University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,066enrollment
  • $18,685net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 910-1160SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 31

University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL

University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 3,944enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 990-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 

Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

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

North Central College
N
Naperville, IL

North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

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

Applications Due Apr 15

Millikin University
M
Decatur, IL

Millikin University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,906enrollment
  • $19,948net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 960-1190SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
S
Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 11,266enrollment
  • $15,638net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 930-1160SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.24Avg GPA