Springfield, the state capital of Illinois, is probably best-known for being the home of Abraham Lincoln prior to his time as president of the United States. For this reason, students in Springfield can explore the wealth of history throughout the city, including Lincoln's former home, his tomb, museums and the Old State Capitol. Students at colleges in Springfield can also make the most of the outdoor spaces, such as the Lincoln Memorial Garden, wildlife sanctuaries and all of Lake Springfield.
The two most prominent vocational colleges in Springfield are Midwest Technical Institute and Lincoln Land Community College. MTI students favor programs in medical assisting, dental assisting and welding, while LLCC students tend toward biological and physical sciences and nursing assistant programs. LLCC also boasts a culinary institute where local chefs and food experts lead instruction on a variety culinary experiences that are just for fun, not for credit.
The largest of Springfield colleges that offer bachelor's degree programs is the University of Illinois at Springfield. Popular degree programs at the school include business administration and management, computer science, psychology, accounting and communication and media studies. When students aren't engrossed in their curriculum, they're cheering on the celestially named Prairie Stars, led by their mascot Orion. UIS also hosts a Visual Arts Gallery and Performing Arts Center to entertain and inspire students.
St. John's College of Nursing is the only other four-year institution in Springfield and, as the name implies, exclusively offers nursing programs: a general Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an accelerated BSN, and a RN-BSN bridge program.
Both of the above-named universities in Springfield have advanced degree programs. The University of Illinois at Springfield offers graduate certificate programs, and more than 40 different master's or doctoral programs across a wide range of disciplines. Some of the UIS master's programs are available online, such as business administration. St. John's College of Nursing offers two different master's degree programs, a Family Nursing Practitioner MSN and a Nursing Administration and Leadership MSN.
To learn about more higher education options in the state, see our list of Illinois colleges.