Colleges in Illinois: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Illinois Colleges Summary

Illinois is one of only 7 states with more than 250 colleges and post-secondary schools, and ranks 5th in total student population with more than 800,000. More than 75% of these schools are private.

Less than 70% of Illinois college students attend public schools, a statement which is true of only 13 US States. Illinois ranks in the top 30 for states in percent of for-profit schools, with over 40%. In addition, Illinois is only one of 7 states with more than 10% of its students attending for-profit institutions.

Selective colleges include the University of Chicago and Northwestern, where 25% of the students have 1500 or higher average SAT scores. There are many large colleges in Illinois as well, with 28 colleges having more than 10,000 students, and 8 colleges having more than 20,000 students. One of the more popular online schools, American Intercontinental University Online, is based just outside of Chicago.

The Illinois State Board of Education can be found on the world wide web at http://www.isbe.net/ is the web site address of the Illinois SBOE. The mailing address is:
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Selected Illinois Colleges and Universities

Results:  9
Matching School Ads

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Selected Campus Locations:

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Nashville

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Los Angeles

At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. 

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Lisle
Selected Programs:
  • Diesel
  • Automotive

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Chicago

Get career ready with hands-on training from American Trade School!  American Trade School provides student focused courses with the mission of preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment in their prospective field of training.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Saint Ann

Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy's innovative program will help you learn the art of massage therapy and introduce you to a range of career opportunities.

Classes start November 13!

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Joliet
Selected Programs:
  • Massage Therapy

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students -- their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Evansville

Colleges and Universities in Illinois

School City Students Dorms Open Admission Typical SAT Range
Adler School of Professional Psychology Chicago 549   No
Advocate Trinity Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Chicago 31   No
Alvareitas College of Cosmetology Belleville Belleville 20   Yes
Alvareitas College of Cosmetology Edwardsville Edwardsville 31   Yes
Alvareitas College of Cosmetology Godfrey Godfrey 41   Yes
American Academy of Art Chicago 387   Yes
Augustana College Rock Island 2,537 1,792 No
Aurora University Aurora 3,946 580 No V: 440-570
M: 440-540
Beck Area Career Center Red Bud Red Bud 94   No
Bell Mar Beauty College Cicero 126   No
BIR Training Center Chicago 294   Yes
Black Hawk College Moline 6,311   Yes
Blackburn College Carlinville 617 493 No
Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technology Quincy 6   No
Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Quincy 22   Yes
Blessing Rieman College of Nursing Quincy 219 16 No
Bradley University Peoria 6,053 2,187 No V: 500-630
M: 520-650
Cain's Barber College Chicago 134   Yes
CALC Institute of Technology Alton 117   No
Cameo Beauty Academy Oak Lawn 126   Yes
Cannella School of Hair Design Blue Island Blue Island 61   Yes
Cannella School of Hair Design Chicago Chicago 183   Yes
Cannella School of Hair Design Elgin Elgin 109   Yes
Cannella School of Hair Design Elmwood Park Chicago 64   Yes
Cannella School of Hair Design South Chicago Chicago 85   Yes
Cannella School of Hair Design Villa Park Villa Park 42   Yes
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield 54   Yes
Capri Garfield Ridge School of Beauty Culture Chicago 159   Yes
Capri Oak Forest Beauty College Oak Forest 190   No
Carl Sandburg College Galesburg 2,693   Yes
Catholic Theological Union at Chicago Chicago 477 112 No
CET Chicago Chicago 412   Yes
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago 1,327   No
Chicago State University Chicago 6,810 330 No
Chicago Theological Seminary Chicago 236   No
Christian Life College Mount Prospect 40 64 No
City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College Chicago 8,633   Yes
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College Chicago 11,354   Yes
City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College Chicago 6,140   Yes
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College Chicago 6,031   Yes
City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College Chicago 4,078   Yes
City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College Chicago 9,679   Yes
City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College Chicago 10,993   Yes
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn 25,768   Yes
College of Lake County Grayslake 16,010   Yes
Columbia College Chicago Chicago 12,021 2,667 Yes
Concept College of Cosmetology Danville Danville 99   No
Concept College of Cosmetology Urbana Urbana 115   No
Concordia University River Forest River Forest 4,126 714 No V: 450-580
M: 450-580
Danville Area Community College Danville 2,832   Yes
DePaul University Chicago 23,401 2,750 Yes
Dominican University River Forest 3,338 633 No V: 450-575
M: 430-570
W: 520-570
East West University Chicago 1,144   Yes
Eastern Illinois University Charleston 12,179 5,471 No
Educators of Beauty La Salle La Salle 5   No
Educators of Beauty Rockford Rockford 24   No
Educators of Beauty Sterling Sterling 80   No
Elgin Community College Elgin 9,613   Yes
Elmhurst College Elmhurst 3,184 1,137 No V: 490-630
M: 490-590
Erikson Institute Chicago 314   No
Eureka College Eureka 672 435 No
European Massage Therapy School Skokie 72   No
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Evanston 315 263 No
Gem City College Quincy 67   Yes
Governors State University University Park 5,692   No
Graham Hospital School of Nursing Canton 62 12 No
Greenville College Greenville 1,528 806 No V: 460-590
M: 440-560
W: 450-568
Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology West Dundee West Dundee 189   Yes
Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology Wheaton Wheaton 188   Yes
Hair Professionals Career College Palos Hills Palos Hills 179   No
Hair Professionals Career College Sycamore Sycamore 182   No
Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology Oswego 142   No
Hairmasters Institute of Cosmetology Bloomington 152   No
Harper College Palatine 15,156   Yes
Heartland Community College Normal 4,827   Yes
Hebrew Theological College Skokie 422 250 No V: 535-640
M: 575-645
W: 520-620
Highland Community College Freeport Freeport 2,049   Yes
Illinois Central College East Peoria 11,804   Yes
Illinois College Jacksonville 1,014 827 No
Illinois College of Optometry Chicago 614 200 No
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community Coll Fairfield 2,102   Yes
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Lincoln Trail College Robinson 1,445   Yes
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney Central College Olney 1,610   Yes
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Wabash Valley College Mount Carmel 4,206   Yes
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago 7,277 1,225 No V: 520-640
M: 610-700
W: 520-630
Illinois State University Normal 20,274 6,192 No
Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby 4,103   Yes
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington 2,094 1,687 No V: 550-690
M: 590-710
Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship Harvey 6   No
Institute for Clinical Social Work Chicago 85   No
John A Logan College Carterville 7,559   Yes
John Wood Community College Quincy 2,417   Yes
Joliet Junior College Joliet 13,149   Yes
Judson University Elgin 1,236   Yes
Kankakee Community College Kankakee 3,591   Yes
Kaskaskia College Centralia 5,041   Yes
Kishwaukee College Malta 4,466   Yes
Knowledge Systems Institute Skokie 80   No
Knox College Galesburg 1,371 1,168 No
La James International College East Moline East Moline 34   Yes
Lake Forest College Lake Forest 1,456 1,100 No
Lake Land College Mattoon 7,177   Yes
Lakeview College of Nursing Danville 246   No
Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey 7,875   Yes
Lewis University Romeoville 5,347 1,223 No V: 420-530
M: 430-620
Lexington College Chicago 57   No
Lincoln Christian College and Seminary Lincoln 1,055 450 No
Lincoln College Lincoln 1,266 770 No
Lincoln Land Community College Springfield 6,655   Yes
Loyola University Chicago Chicago 15,545 4,100 No V: 540-648
M: 530-640
W: 540-630
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Chicago 365 222 No
Mac Daniels Beauty School Chicago 77   Yes
MacCormac College Chicago 171   Yes
MacMurray College Jacksonville 648 509 No V: 370-470
M: 430-500
W: 340-430
McCormick Theological Seminary Chicago 251 75 No
McHenry County College Crystal Lake 5,274   Yes
McKendree University Lebanon 3,312 688 No V: 480-570
M: 440-570
W: 450-510
Meadville Lombard Theological School Chicago 68 11 No
Methodist College of Nursing Peoria 118 25 No
Midstate College Peoria 641   No
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Chicago Chicago 151   No
Midwest Institute of Massage Therapy Belleville 24   Yes
Midwest Technical Institute Springfield 706   Yes
Midwestern University Downers Grove Downers Grove 1,978 420 No
Millikin University Decatur 2,376 1,406 No V: 490-620
M: 500-630
W: 500-620
Monmouth College Monmouth 1,343 1,403 No
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills 15,859   Yes
Morrison Institute of Technology Morrison 143 136 Yes
Morton College Cicero 5,057   Yes
Mr John's School of Cosmetology & Nails Jacksonville Jacksonville 34   Yes
Mr John's School of Cosmetology Esthetics & Nails Decatur 68   Yes
Ms Roberts Academy of Beauty Culture Villa Park Villa Park 107   Yes
National Latino Education Institute Chicago 64   No
National Louis University Chicago 7,405   No
National University of Health Sciences Lombard 651 125 No
Niles School of Cosmetology Niles 125   Yes
North Central College Naperville 2,559 1,221 No V: 520-640
M: 510-630
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago 12,814   No
Northern Illinois University Dekalb 25,254 6,300 No V: 470-570
M: 485-585
W: 450-560
NorthShore University HealthSystems School of Nurse Anesthesia Evanston 60   No
Northwestern University Evanston 19,005 5,972 No V: 670-750
M: 680-770
W: 660-750
Oakton Community College Des Plaines 10,805   Yes
Oehrlein School of Cosmetology East Peoria 69   Yes
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais 4,636 2,358 No
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago Chicago 249   Yes
Parkland College Champaign 9,407   Yes
Pivot Point Beauty School Bloomingdale Bloomingdale 263   Yes
Pivot Point Beauty School Chicago Chicago 93   Yes
Pivot Point Beauty School Evanston Evanston 211   Yes
Prairie State College Chicago Heights 5,507   Yes
Professionals Choice Hair Design Academy Joliet 15   Yes
Pyramid Career Institute Chicago 9   Yes
Quincy University Quincy 1,323 813 No V: 450-530
M: 440-580
Regency Beauty Institute Aurora Aurora 57   No
Regency Beauty Institute Champaign Champaign 71   No
Regency Beauty Institute Darien Darien 39   No
Regency Beauty Institute Fairview Heights Fairview Heights 61   No
Regency Beauty Institute Joliet Joliet 62   No
Regency Beauty Institute Peoria Peoria 57   No
Regency Beauty Institute Rockford Rockford 39   No
Rend Lake College Ina 4,821   Yes
Richland Community College Decatur 3,274   Yes
Rock Valley College Rockford 7,923   Yes
Rockford Career College Rockford 560   Yes
Rockford College Rockford 1,566 396 No
Roosevelt University Chicago 7,163 720 No V: 512-628
M: 455-610
W: 510-610
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago 1,729 240 No
Rosel School of Cosmetology Chicago 114   Yes
Rush University Chicago 1,596 544 No
Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford 182   No
Saint Augustine College Chicago Chicago 1,289   Yes
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria 434 79 No
Saint Xavier University Chicago 5,675 975 No V: 470-580
M: 410-560
W: 440-560
Sauk Valley Community College Dixon 2,700   Yes
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago 3,006 778 No V: 520-610
M: 490-610
Seabury Western Theological Seminary Evanston 108 53 No
Shawnee Community College Ullin 2,176   Yes
Shimer College Chicago 76   Yes
Soma Institute The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy Chicago 308   No
South Suburban College South Holland 6,260   Yes
Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg 2,606   Yes
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale 20,983 5,675 No V: 410-575
M: 430-585
W: 410-530
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville 13,398 3,500 No
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville 13,713   Yes
Sparks College Shelbyville 25   Yes
Spertus College Chicago 288   No
Spoon River College Canton 2,139   Yes
Springfield College in Illinois Springfield 608 72 No
St John's College Springfield Springfield 69   No
St Johns Hospital School of Clinical Lab Science Springfield 5   No
Star Truck Driving School Bensenville Bensenville 71   No
Star Truck Driving School Hickory Hills Hickory Hills 50   No
Taylor Business Institute Chicago 250   No
Telshe Yeshiva Chicago Chicago 77 126 No
The College of Office Technology Chicago 368   Yes
The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago Chicago 2,867 420 No
The John Marshall Law School Chicago 1,530   No
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago Chicago 9   No
Trend Setters College of Cosmetology Bradley 52   No
Tri County Beauty Academy Litchfield 30   Yes
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights 1,367 650 No V: 490-560
M: 490-580
Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences Rock Island 210   No
Trinity International University Deerfield Deerfield 2,783 1,087 No V: 445-610
M: 440-600
Triton College River Grove 15,658   Yes
University of Chicago Chicago 14,538 2,686 No V: 660-770
M: 650-760
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago 25,747 3,800 No
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield 4,855 1,080 No
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Champaign 42,326 8,554 No V: 530-660
M: 650-750
University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein 241 250 No
University of St Francis Joliet 3,503 394 No
VanderCook College of Music Chicago 320 150 No V: 520-540
M: 390-550
W: 430-670
Vees School of Beauty Culture East Saint Louis 36   Yes
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove 8,731   Yes
West Suburban College of Nursing Oak Park 213   No
Western Illinois University Macomb 13,331 5,000 No
Wheaton College Wheaton Wheaton 2,895 2,100 No V: 600-700
M: 610-690
W: 600-710
Worsham College of Mortuary Science Wheeling 104   No
Zarem Golde ORT Technical Institute Skokie 311   No
You are visiting:

Additional Details

Illinois Graduate Schools
Illinois Graduate and Business Schools
Illinois Online Colleges
Colleges in Illinois with online degree programs
Illinois Map
A detailed map of Illinois

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
Back to Top