Top Rated Illinois Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in Illinois for 2021

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in Illinois as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the best public college in Illinois is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


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University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#23 Best Public Universities in America

  • 49,702enrollment
  • $14,660net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.79*Avg 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

  • 31,683enrollment
  • $12,322net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 4,575enrollment
  • $11,534net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 995-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
Northern Illinois University
N
Dekalb, IL
Northern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 17,169enrollment
  • $18,346net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 940-1170SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.15Avg GPA
Illinois State University
I
Normal, IL
Illinois State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 20,635enrollment
  • $20,093net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.36Avg GPA
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
S
Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 12,817enrollment
  • $16,299net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 2.86Avg GPA
Western Illinois University
W
Macomb, IL
Western Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 8,502enrollment
  • $15,802net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.11Avg GPA
Eastern Illinois University
E
Charleston, IL
Eastern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 7,526enrollment
  • $14,146net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 940-1130SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
S
Edwardsville, IL
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 13,281enrollment
  • $14,790net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.36*Avg GPA
Northeastern Illinois University
N
Chicago, IL
Northeastern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 8,103enrollment
  • $14,941net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 910-1120SAT range
  • 15-22ACT range
  • 2.87Avg GPA
Chicago State University
C
Chicago, IL
 
Chicago State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 2,964enrollment
  • $9,820net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 873-1030SAT range
  • 16-19ACT range
  • 2.98*Avg GPA