Best Colleges in Chicago

Blown Away By the Windy City

From Chi-Town to "My Town"

The current tally is over 75 for colleges and universities in Chicago, Illinois. Popular areas of study include criminal justice, business administration, business management, applied sciences and engineering. Chicago has been recognized as having the most balanced economy, the 2nd largest central business district, and the 3rd largest labor pool in the nation. Just five short years ago, in 2009, Chicago ranked the WORLD'S 9th richest city. But Chicago isn't just wealthy in a monetary sense, the culture is worth bragging about, too.

As the third most populous city in the United States, you'll find plenty of places to see and things to do. Points of interest include the Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and Millennium Park. Named the country's "Best Sports City," you can cheer on the Chicago Cubs or the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. You might also enjoy the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Bears, or the Chicago Blackhawks who have won the Stanley Cup twice in the last four years. and don't forget to snag a slice of their famous deep-dish pizza or a Chicago style hot dog on a poppy seed bun. With an abundance of both business and social opportunities at your fingertips, Chicago will surely keep you "in the loop."

*citytowninfo.com *Wikipedia, "Chicago"

Best Four Year Universities in Chicago

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

University of Chicago offers 250 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 5,136 students graduated with students earning 2,698 Master's degrees, 1,743 Bachelor's degrees, 695 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology offers 137 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,624 students graduated with students earning 1,634 Master's degrees, 622 Bachelor's degrees, and 368 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago offers 529 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 5,565 students graduated with students earning 2,711 Bachelor's degrees, 1,851 Master's degrees, 553 Doctoral degrees, and 450 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College offers 109 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 958 students graduated with students earning 759 Bachelor's degrees, 171 Master's degrees, 27 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 32 Reviews
5 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago offers 306 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 7,357 students graduated with students earning 3,940 Bachelor's degrees, 2,287 Master's degrees, 1,061 Doctoral degrees, and 69 Certificates degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
6 Lewis University Romeoville, IL

Lewis University offers 241 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,881 students graduated with students earning 1,266 Bachelor's degrees, 595 Master's degrees, 16 Certificates degrees, 2 Associate's degrees, and 2 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL

Northern Illinois University offers 157 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 5,256 students graduated with students earning 3,507 Bachelor's degrees, 1,435 Master's degrees, 297 Doctoral degrees, and 17 Certificates degrees.

Based on 56 Reviews
8 Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College offers 178 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 956 students graduated with students earning 801 Bachelor's degrees, and 155 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
9 Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL

Saint Xavier University offers 196 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,291 students graduated with students earning 864 Bachelor's degrees, 399 Master's degrees, and 28 Certificates degrees.

10 University of St Francis Joliet, IL

University of St Francis offers 167 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 981 students graduated with students earning 487 Master's degrees, 442 Bachelor's degrees, 29 Certificates degrees, and 23 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Chicago

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL

Elgin Community College offers 105 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,112 students graduated with students earning 1,890 Certificates degrees, and 1,222 Associate's degrees.

2 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL

William Rainey Harper College offers 142 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,751 students graduated with students earning 3,096 Certificates degrees, and 1,655 Associate's degrees.

3 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL

College of Lake County offers 163 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,994 students graduated with students earning 3,573 Certificates degrees, and 1,421 Associate's degrees.

4 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI

Gateway Technical College offers 98 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 2,963 students graduated with students earning 2,289 Certificates degrees, and 674 Associate's degrees.

5 City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College offers 54 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,478 students graduated with students earning 899 Certificates degrees, and 579 Associate's degrees.

6 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL

Waubonsee Community College offers 142 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 2,741 students graduated with students earning 1,632 Certificates degrees, and 1,109 Associate's degrees.

7 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage offers 197 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 6,780 students graduated with students earning 3,825 Certificates degrees, and 2,955 Associate's degrees.

8 City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College offers 50 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 2,180 students graduated with students earning 1,482 Certificates degrees, and 698 Associate's degrees.

9 City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College offers 54 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,764 students graduated with students earning 1,141 Certificates degrees, and 623 Associate's degrees.

10 City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College offers 69 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,415 students graduated with students earning 840 Certificates degrees, and 575 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Chicago University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
7 : 1 15,391
Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 7,792
Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 16,437
Wheaton College Wheaton College Wheaton, IL
5/5
13 : 1 2,929
University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
3/5
14 : 1 29,048
Lewis University Lewis University Romeoville, IL
5/5
19 : 1 6,679
Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,130
Elmhurst College Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,298
Saint Xavier University Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL
5/5
17 : 1 3,949
University of St Francis University of St Francis Joliet, IL
5/5
21 : 1 3,957
Valparaiso University Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
5/5
13 : 1 4,524
Carthage College Carthage College Kenosha, WI
5/5
14 : 1 2,978
North Park University North Park University Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,159
Aurora University Aurora University Aurora, IL
4/5
21 : 1 5,423
Dominican University Dominican University River Forest, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,696
School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
10 : 1 3,591
Roosevelt University Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 5,352
Benedictine University Benedictine University Lisle, IL
5/5
19 : 1 5,954
DePaul University DePaul University Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 23,539
Northeastern Illinois University Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
3/5
24 : 1 9,891
Trinity International University-Illinois Trinity International University-Illinois Deerfield, IL
5/5
18 : 1 2,237
Purdue University-Calumet Campus Purdue University-Calumet Campus Hammond, IN
2/5
31 : 1 9,301
Chicago State University Chicago State University Chicago, IL
3/5
17 : 1 4,767
Judson University Judson University Elgin, IL
5/5
13 : 1 1,274
Moody Bible Institute Moody Bible Institute Chicago, IL
3/5
33 : 1 3,922

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Questions About Going to College in Chicago

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Chicago has one of the world’s largest and most diversified economies. The city is home to the Chicago Board of Trade, Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Archer Daniels Midland, and a large number of state and national governmental offices. From 2006 to 2015, the city added 3,402 web, mobile, and e-commerce companies -- a whopping growth rate of 49.9% in that sector. The result? Unemployment fell from 8.4 percent to below 6 percent.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Chicago?

The region’s universities and Chicago Public Schools employ thousands of teachers, administrators, and support staff. Abbott Laboratories hires biotech grads, while pharmacists are in demand at Walgreens. Healthcare jobs can be found at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke, Stroger Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Business and financial services abound— Deloitte, Northern Trust Corp., and J.P. Morgan Chase, to name a few. And tech experts can look to mobile device giant Motorola.

Is Chicago more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

With more than 2.7 million residents, colleges within the region benefit from internship and educational opportunities provided by the bustling urban environment. The vibe at individual institutions varies. A downtown campus such as Roosevelt University tends to feel less traditionally collegiate than one like University of Chicago based in a residential area. Employment, cultural, and recreational opportunities lead many grads to remain in Chicago. Many move into neighborhoods such as Edgewater, Lincoln Park, and Logan Square. Others opt to settle in surrounding suburbs and commute via public transportation.

What do the locals in Chicago like to do for fun?

Chicagoland has something for everyone! Sports enthusiasts cheer on the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bulls. On weekends, families can head over to Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium or Millennium Park for ice skating in the winter and summer concerts. Foodies are never at a loss – from upscale downtown restaurants to ethnic cuisine in Chinatown and Greektown.

What's the dating scene like in Chicago? Will I meet my perfect mate?

A large population, a relatively equal gender distribution, and a lot of diversity put odds in your favor in the Windy City. Get social: You might bump into your soulmate at an Impressionist exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Who knows, you may even find another who shares your love for Buddy Guy at the annual Chicago Blues Festival. Or you can always get off work early on a Friday to take in a late-afternoon Cubs game; team owner Tom Ricketts met his wife in the bleachers!

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