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The Best Colleges in Illinois Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Illinois as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Illinois ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Illinois is University of Chicago.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Illinois
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Chicago 3 12 28
2 Northwestern University 16 13 17
3 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 42 565 117
4 Illinois Wesleyan University 125 531 118
5 Illinois Institute of Technology 102 381 436
6 North Central College 228 383 437
7 Wheaton College 103 1,288 70
8 University of Illinois at Springfield 341 331 511
9 Loyola University Chicago 245 840 289
10 Bradley University 294 837 213
11 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 195 807 537
12 Lewis University 464 382 457
13 University of St Francis 405 330 459
14 Millikin University 371 657 412
15 Elmhurst College 548 838 288
16 Olivet Nazarene University 465 695 658
17 Dominican University 587 658 458
18 University of Illinois at Chicago 207 1,043 718
19 Eureka College 720 563 411
20 North Park University 633 384 783
21 McKendree University 760 567 719
22 Trinity Christian College 588 1,216 438
23 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 208 1,009 1,065
24 Trinity International University 881 979 659
25 Monmouth College 1,024 715 629
26 Concordia University Chicago 759 977 538
27 Benedictine University 992 564 898
28 Judson University 722 839 899
29 Northern Illinois University 1,338 353 657
30 Eastern Illinois University 1,329 329 568
31 Quincy University 798 716 857
32 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 507 1,385 785
33 Greenville College 914 693 782
34 Saint Xavier University 634 978 784
35 Augustana College 1,325 487 198
36 Lake Forest College 1,333 352 325
37 Illinois State University 1,331 1,357 267
38 Western Illinois University 1,343 507 746
39 Blackburn College 1,166 505 932
40 Lincoln Christian University 1,104 566 1,125
41 Robert Morris University Illinois 1,339 717 172
42 Roosevelt University 1,150 808 1,001
43 Rockford College 1,105 247 1,414
44 Illinois College 1,330 409 628
45 Knox College 1,332 873 171
46 Moody Bible Institute 1,336 694 357
47 MacMurray College 880 506 1,307
48 DePaul University 1,327 872 387
49 Methodist College of Nursing 1,335 122 1,733
50 VanderCook College of Music 1,342 1,568 1,033

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.