The Best Illinois Colleges

The Best Colleges in Illinois for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Illinois as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 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.


38 results

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,834enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 4.2Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in America

  • 22,603enrollment
  • $28,344net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT 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

2 reviews

#20 Best Public Universities in America

  • 52,679enrollment
  • $13,517net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,636enrollment
  • $32,545net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,908enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1450SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,325enrollment
  • $28,161net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 4.06Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 15

Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 16,893enrollment
  • $37,731net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 33,518enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL
Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 5,855enrollment
  • $25,850net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Knox College
K
Galesburg, IL
Knox College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,154enrollment
  • $23,266net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 4,146enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 980-1190SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.42Estimated Avg GPA

North Central College
N
Naperville, IL
North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,832enrollment
  • $26,053net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1230SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,437enrollment
  • $20,022net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,421enrollment
  • $21,776net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Trinity Christian College
T
Palos Heights, IL
 
Trinity Christian College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,086enrollment
  • $23,177net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 980-1180SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
S
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,132enrollment
  • $51,606net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1048-1260SAT range
  • 22-25ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Trinity International University
T
Deerfield, IL
 
Trinity International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,454enrollment
  • $21,271net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 910-1100SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.26Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Millikin University
M
Decatur, IL
Millikin University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,982enrollment
  • $19,948net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 940-1160SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1