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) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Chicago
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Adler University1,099Four or more yearsN/A17
American Academy of Art297Four or more years31,8007
School of the Art Institute of Chicago3,569Four or more years44,91019
Catholic Theological Union at Chicago334Four or more yearsN/A6
Chicago State University3,578Four or more years7,05667
Chicago Theological Seminary250Four or more yearsN/A7
University of Chicago15,775Four or more years50,997192
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College3,472At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12651
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College6,183At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12641
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College2,979At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12636
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College8,998At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12645
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College7,407At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12648
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College8,486At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12645
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College10,155At least 2 but less than 4 years8,12654
Columbia College Chicago8,120Four or more years24,59073
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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