Springfield Colleges and Schools

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.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in 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.

Fun Facts about Springfield Colleges and Universities

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.

Graduate Schools in Springfield

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.

Sources:

  • Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, Looking for Lincoln, Accessed October 2018, https://www.lookingforlincoln.com/Explore/Gateways/Springfield.aspx
  • Academics, Lincoln Land Community College, Accessed October 2018, http://www.llcc.edu/academics/academic-departments/
  • Degrees Offered, University of Illinois Springfield, Accessed October 2018, http://catalog.uis.edu/degreesoffered/
  • Programs, Midwest Technical Institute, Accessed October 2018, https://www.midwesttech.edu/programs/
  • Prospective Students, St. John's College, Accessed October 2018, https://www.sjcs.edu/Prospective-Students
  • Visual Arts Gallery, University of Illinois Springfield, Accessed October 2018, https://www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery/

Education Institutes in Springfield
Total Number of Educational Institutes
7
Total Enrollment in all institutes
12,176
Number of Public Educational Institutes
3
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
2
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
2
Graduation Rate
7.17%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
120
On Campus and Online Programs in Springfield
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
N/A
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
1
Number of Institutes Offering both
6
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Springfield
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Lincoln Land Community College6,259At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,07280
University of Illinois at Springfield4,956Four or more years$11,41358
University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts142Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A7
HSHS St. John's Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science6Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
St. John's College-Department of Nursing128Four or more yearsN/A3
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing135Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield550Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A8
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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