Best Illinois Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2022

There are 127 colleges and universities in Illinois enrolling 685,625 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Illinois below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Illinois offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 Illinois is home to nationally ranked institutions like University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Wheaton College. The highest ranked college in Illinois is University of Chicago and the top rated public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Local college options can be explored in Chicago, Aurora and Rockford or other cities.


127 results

List of the Best Illinois Colleges

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,834enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 4.2Avg Weighted GPA
Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 22,603enrollment
  • $28,344net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92Estimated Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 52,679enrollment
  • $13,517net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA
Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,908enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1450SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,636enrollment
  • $32,545net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,325enrollment
  • $28,161net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 4.06Avg Weighted GPA
Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 16,893enrollment
  • $37,731net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 33,518enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL
Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 5,855enrollment
  • $25,850net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
Knox College
K
Galesburg, IL
Knox College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,154enrollment
  • $23,266net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 4,146enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 980-1190SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.42Estimated Avg GPA
North Central College
N
Naperville, IL
North Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,832enrollment
  • $26,053net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1230SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,437enrollment
  • $20,022net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,421enrollment
  • $21,776net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Trinity Christian College
T
Palos Heights, IL
 
Trinity Christian College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,086enrollment
  • $23,177net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 980-1180SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
S
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,132enrollment
  • $51,606net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1048-1260SAT range
  • 22-25ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Trinity International University
T
Deerfield, IL
 
Trinity International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,454enrollment
  • $21,271net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 910-1100SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.26Avg GPA
Millikin University
M
Decatur, IL
Millikin University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,982enrollment
  • $19,948net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 940-1160SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA