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119 Colleges
33,692 Yearly Graduations
$75,464 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,515 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 33,692 students received a business degree from a college in Illinois, making it rank #7 in terms of graduations. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $18,866 per year to get their degree at a college in Illinois, while out of state students will pay an average of $20,525 per year.

An estimated 42% of college students in Illinois take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,879 per year.

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Public Public vs. Private
3,226 Yearly Degrees
$17,213 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 52,679, of which 33,683 students are undergraduates and of those, 32,107 are full-time. UIUC has a freshman retention rate of 94%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 63%. Around 52% of accepted students are men, and 48% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,531 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UIUC is $47,100.

#2

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
3,024 Yearly Degrees
$15,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,832 students at DeVry University - Illinois in total, 17,174 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,979 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 44%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

89% of DeVry University - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,676 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DeVry University - Illinois is $32,600.

#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,769 Yearly Degrees
$58,701 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,559 undergraduates at Northwestern, of which 8,095 are full-time, and there are 22,603 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

The acceptance rate at Northwestern is 9%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Roughly 23% of students at Northwestern take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,696 a year. Northwestern has a 0.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $58,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,297 Yearly Degrees
$41,202 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,145 undergraduates at DePaul, of which 12,776 are full-time, and there are 21,922 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,482 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DePaul is $42,100.

#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,802 Yearly Degrees
$59,298 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,056 undergraduates at UChicago, of which 7,020 are full-time, and there are 17,834 students altogether. UChicago has a freshman retention rate of 100%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Only 7% of students who apply get accepted. Around 52% of accepted students are men, and 48% are women.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,954 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $54,300 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,567 Yearly Degrees
$11,646 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,830 undergraduates at AIU Online, of which 11,471 are full-time, and there are 15,415 students altogether. For undergraduates at AIU Online, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

78% of AIU Online students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,465 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from AIU Online with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,465 Yearly Degrees
$13,115 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Illinois State University is 20,720, of which 17,987 students are undergraduates and of those, 16,666 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 60% of students at Illinois State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,413 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,600 during the early-career years.

#8

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,196 Yearly Degrees
$46,060 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,612 undergraduates at Loyola Chicago, of which 10,924 are full-time, and there are 16,893 students altogether. It takes the average Loyola Chicago undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

61% of Loyola Chicago students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,165 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Loyola Chicago is $42,700.

Public Public vs. Private
1,187 Yearly Degrees
$15,427 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,921 undergraduates at UIC, of which 20,023 are full-time, and there are 33,518 students altogether. For undergraduates at UIC, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,510 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UIC is $39,600.

#10

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,050 Yearly Degrees
$14,392 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,277 undergraduates at NIU, of which 10,472 are full-time, and there are 16,769 students altogether. It takes the average NIU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 59% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,741 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from NIU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
733 Yearly Degrees
$32,340 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,299 undergraduates at Benedictine U, of which 1,939 are full-time, and there are 3,779 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

58% of Benedictine U students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,033 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,000 during the early-career years.

#12

Robert Morris University Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
536 Yearly Degrees

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,200 during the early-career years.

#13

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
531 Yearly Degrees
$9,942 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,199 students at Harper College in total, 4,405 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 4% of students at Harper College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,297 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
502 Yearly Degrees
$15,057 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 11,366, of which 8,299 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,796 are full-time. It takes the average SIUC undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 55% of students at SIUC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,770 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,200 during the early-career years.

#15

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$9,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,010 students at COD in total, 7,255 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

20% of COD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,805 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,500 during the early-career years.

#16

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
491 Yearly Degrees
$11,495 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,860 students at SIUE in total, 9,942 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,071 are full-time. For undergraduates at SIUE, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 52% of students at SIUE take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,227 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,100 during the early-career years.

#17

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
476 Yearly Degrees
$31,493 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,680 students at Roosevelt in total, 3,068 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,614 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Roosevelt is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

71% of Roosevelt students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,970 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,800 during the early-career years.

#18

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
464 Yearly Degrees
$34,478 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,306 undergraduates at Lewis, of which 3,484 are full-time, and there are 6,437 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Lewis is 4.3 years.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 61% of students at Lewis take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,897 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lewis is $40,700.

#19

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
424 Yearly Degrees
$25,960 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Aurora University is 6,265, of which 4,158 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,822 are full-time. For undergraduates at Aurora, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at Aurora take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,194 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Aurora with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
408 Yearly Degrees
$11,827 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,220 undergraduates at Northeastern Illinois University, of which 3,019 are full-time, and there are 7,119 students altogether. It takes the average Northeastern Illinois University undergraduate about 5.1 years to complete their degree.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,100 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northeastern Illinois University is $32,700.

#21

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
344 Yearly Degrees
$41,180 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,475 undergraduates at North Central, of which 2,414 are full-time, and there are 2,832 students altogether. It takes the average North Central undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at North Central take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,180 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from North Central with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
343 Yearly Degrees
$35,480 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,574 undergraduates at Bradley, of which 4,450 are full-time, and there are 5,855 students altogether. Bradley has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 73%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,743 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Bradley with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
342 Yearly Degrees
$13,104 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,854 undergraduates at WIU, of which 4,999 are full-time, and there are 7,490 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 64% of students at WIU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,055 a year. WIU has a 8.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WIU is $35,100.

#24

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
334 Yearly Degrees
$33,636 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Concordia University, Chicago is 6,491, of which 1,538 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,284 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Concordia University, Chicago is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at Concordia University, Chicago take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,410 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Concordia University, Chicago with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
323 Yearly Degrees
$38,654 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,838 undergraduates at Elmhurst, of which 2,687 are full-time, and there are 3,421 students altogether. For undergraduates at Elmhurst, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at Elmhurst take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,947 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Elmhurst with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Illinois Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Saint Xavier University 313
27 Lake Land College 297
28 Olivet Nazarene University 288
29 National Louis University 263
30 McKendree University 259
31 Joliet Junior College 258
32 Eastern Illinois University 252
33 University of Illinois at Springfield 232
34 North Park University 221
35 Augustana College 219
36 Illinois Institute of Technology 205
37 Governors State University 201
38 Dominican University 192
39 University of St Francis 163
40 Rasmussen University - Illinois 161
40 Columbia College Chicago 161
42 McHenry County College 155
43 Lewis and Clark Community College 137
44 Waubonsee Community College 133
45 Parkland College 126
45 Illinois Wesleyan University 126
47 Millikin University 120
48 Wheaton College Illinois 117
49 Judson University 116
50 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College 113
51 College of Lake County 112
52 Moraine Valley Community College 107
52 Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 107
54 Lake Forest College 104
55 Greenville University 95
56 Rockford University 93
57 Oakton Community College 89
58 Southwestern Illinois College 78
58 Quincy University 78
60 Illinois College 77
61 Monmouth College 74
62 Chicago State University 70
63 Elgin Community College 62
64 Kankakee Community College 61
65 Lincoln College 60
66 Richland Community College 58
67 Trinity Christian College 54
68 Morton College 48
69 Sauk Valley Community College 45
70 City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College 42
71 Heartland Community College 40
71 Saint Augustine College 40
73 Knox College 39
73 Eureka College 39
73 Triton College 39
76 Rock Valley College 37
77 John A Logan College 32
78 Danville Area Community College 30
78 Rend Lake College 30
78 John Wood Community College 30
81 Trinity International University - Illinois 29
82 Illinois Valley Community College 28
82 Blackburn College 28
82 Black Hawk College 28
85 Wabash Valley College 27
85 City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College 27
87 Illinois Central College 26
87 South Suburban College 26
87 Highland Community College 26
87 University of Phoenix - Illinois 26
87 Kaskaskia College 26
92 Spoon River College 23
92 City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College 23
94 Stautzenberger College - Rockford Career College 22
94 Lincoln Christian University 22
94 Principia College 22
97 Illinois Media School 21
97 East-West University 21
99 Lincoln Land Community College 20
100 City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College 19
101 Olney Central College 18
102 Southeastern Illinois College 15
103 Taylor Business Institute 13
103 Hebrew Theological College 13
103 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College 13
103 Prairie State College 13
103 MacCormac College 13
108 Kishwaukee College 11
109 Carl Sandburg College 9
109 Adler University 9
109 Northwestern College - Bridgeview 9
112 Fox College 8
113 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago 7
113 CALC Institute of Technology 7
113 Illinois Media School-Chicago Campus 7
116 Frontier Community College 4
117 Shawnee Community College 3
118 Lincoln Trail College 0
118 Midwestern Career College 0

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