Colleges in Chicago: Universities, Trade and Technical School

Chicago is known for its architecture, museums, performing arts and restaurants. Balancing its urban features are 580 parks and 8,300 acres of green space. Named America's Best Bike City in 2016, Chicago boasts 303 miles of bike lanes — a boon for college students at the 75+ Chicago colleges.

College-bound students in Chicago public schools can get a jump-start on college through a Dual Enrollment program that allows them to enroll in college courses at one of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) campuses. And Early College STEM high schools give students a technology-focused education with the goal of eventually earning an associate degree.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Chicago

Both the HVAC Technical Institute and Coyne College educate students to work in the electrical construction and HVAC trades. Coyne also prepares students to become medical and pharmacy assistants and technicians.

At the Illinois Media School - Chicago Campus students get hands-on broadcasting and online media training with instructors who are seasoned broadcast professionals and on-air TV and radio personalities, in a high-tech learning environment.

Fun Facts about Chicago Colleges and Universities

The roster of colleges in Chicago is as large and varied as the city itself. Three standout schools are:

The University of Chicago is known for academic excellence and innovation. Its Chicago campus features buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Loyola University is one of the largest Jesuit Catholic universities in the country. It has four campuses, including the main campus along the shores of Lake Michigan and a downtown campus near Chicago's famous "Miracle Mile."

Northwestern University has three campuses, one in Chicago. Recognized for academic excellence, Northwestern is especially well known for its research in neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery.

Graduate Schools in Chicago

In addition to the schools listed above, several universities in Chicago offer advanced degrees. Founded in 1911, John Marshall Law School has an extensive career program for students. Adler University offers only advanced degrees, in psychology, counseling and family therapy, and public service and leadership. And several theological colleges in Chicago offer graduate degrees.

For more about higher education in the state, we also provide an extensive list of Illinois Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Chicago
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Chicago
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Chicago
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
National Louis University5,992Four or more years$10,71063
North Park University2,900Four or more years$29,86078
Rush University2,708Four or more yearsN/A41
Saint Xavier University3,667Four or more years$33,88096
National Latino Education Institute13Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Taylor Business Institute115At least 2 but less than 4 years$14,3254
Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago88Four or more years$13,5002
Chicago State University2,964Four or more years$10,16369
University of Chicago17,002Four or more years$58,230206
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College7,104At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,21639
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College6,942At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,21644
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College9,777At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,21647
DePaul University22,437Four or more years$39,975261
East-West University394Four or more years$22,05011
HVAC Technical Institute118Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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