Illinois Colleges Summary

Illinois is home to more than 250 colleges and post-secondary schools. The majority of these colleges and technical schools are private, with more than 90 private, not-for-profit schools and more than 20 private, for-profit schools. Public colleges in Illinois include 12 universities granting bachelor's and graduate degrees, and 48 community colleges. There are 49 business schools in Illinois that offer MBA programs. Students interested in attending Illinois colleges can take advantage of dual credit programs.

Online and Distance Education in Illinois

Illinois participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member states, districts and territories that sets national standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs. This makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Flagship Universities in Illinois

The University of Chicago is a private school with a rich history of academic excellence and innovation. Its urban Chicago campus features buildings designed by notable architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Netsch. Of the nearly 16,000 students attending the university in 2016, about 10,000 were graduate and other professional students.

Northwestern University is another well-known private school. It has three campuses: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, a 25-acre campus in Chicago and a third campus in Doha, Qatar. Recognized nationally and internationally for academic excellence, Northwestern is especially well known for its research in neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery.

For more information on the Illinois Board of Higher Education can be found


  • Illinois Board of Higher Education, Institution Profiles, accessed March 2018,
  • The University of Chicago, accessed March 2018,
  • Northwestern University, Facts, accessed March 2018,

Education Institutes in Illinois
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 Illinois
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 Illinois
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign49,702Four or more years$15,094374
University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago31,683Four or more years$13,764273
Chamberlain University-IllinoisAddison27,629Four or more years$19,37510
College of DuPageGlen Ellyn24,900At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,690202
DePaul UniversityChicago22,437Four or more years$39,975261
Northwestern UniversityEvanston22,127Four or more years$54,568387
Illinois State UniversityNormal20,635Four or more years$14,516158
DeVry University-IllinoisChicago17,364Four or more years$17,50942
Northern Illinois UniversityDekalb17,169Four or more years$14,617140
Loyola University ChicagoChicago17,007Four or more years$44,048309
University of ChicagoChicago17,002Four or more years$58,230206
Joliet Junior CollegeJoliet14,726At least 2 but less than 4 years$12,360153
College of Lake CountyGrayslake14,193At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,212153
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos Hills13,762At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,636105
William Rainey Harper CollegePalatine13,530At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,852107

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