Best Business colleges in Illinois

Why a degree in business?

You have a nice suit and a firm handshake. You can see yourself leading that board meeting one day. With a business degree, you can make an impact in any business or even start your own company. With such a versatile degree, you’ll be sure to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the corporate world.

What business degree options exist?

Pursuing a business degree really is the cool thing to do. Nearly 20%* of all college students are studying business. The growth of the business major has been on a steady rise for the past 15 years*, making it one of the most popular and competitive majors out there.

But don’t worry, there are still plenty of jobs. The business field has one of the highest employment rates of all majors offered, with the top starting salaries ranging from $50-$60,000*. Business students are the second highest most sought after students, after engineering. Whether you want to live around the world or be a local entrepreneur, there’s a place for you and your new found skill set. The roads connecting from a business degree can take you anywhere.

*NCES Survey, http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_318.50.asp
*NCES Survey, http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_325.25.asp
*US News, http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/rick-newman/2012/05/14/where-the-jobs-are-and-the-college-grads-arent

Best Business colleges in Illinois for 2021

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Northwestern University offers 44 Business degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 2,614 Business students graduated with students earning 2,074 Master's degrees, 382 Bachelor's degrees, 108 Certificates, and 50 Doctoral degrees.

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
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University of Chicago offers 17 Business degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,791 Business students graduated with students earning 1,270 Master's degrees, 404 Bachelor's degrees, 74 Certificates, and 43 Doctoral degrees.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 29 Business degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 2,453 Business students graduated with students earning 1,661 Bachelor's degrees, 765 Master's degrees, and 27 Doctoral degrees.

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DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Real-world opportunities meet solid academic preparation at DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business. The school is based in Chicago’s Loop near the heart of the city’s financial district. The university maintains plenty of corporate ties, leading DePaul to rank among the nation’s top 10 for providing students with internship opportunities. Students also are encouraged to expand their horizons in the global marketplace through short-term study abroad trips. Twenty-eight percent of DePaul’s graduating class in 2013 earned a degree in business, making it the school’s most popular major. Academic divisions include accountancy and management information systems, hospitality leadership, economics, finance, marketing, management, and real estate. DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business offers a variety of master’s degree programs (including flexible evening and weekend options) and an executive doctorate in business administration. Of special note are DePaul’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs. The annual “Launch DePaul” event gives DePaul students and recent alumni the chance to pitch their business proposals to professional investors, receive expert advice, and compete for cash prizes.

University of Illinois at Chicago offers 23 Business degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,186 Business students graduated with students earning 809 Bachelor's degrees, 367 Master's degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.

Northern Illinois University offers 12 Business degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 1,050 Business students graduated with students earning 704 Bachelor's degrees, 341 Master's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

Illinois State University offers 15 Business degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,345 Business students graduated with students earning 1,187 Bachelor's degrees, 137 Master's degrees, and 21 Certificates.

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Loyola University Chicago offers 36 Business degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 957 Business students graduated with students earning 559 Bachelor's degrees, 307 Master's degrees, 79 Certificates, and 12 Associate's degrees.

Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL

Roosevelt University offers 27 Business degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 420 Business students graduated with students earning 234 Master's degrees, and 186 Bachelor's degrees.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 15 Business degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 438 Business students graduated with students earning 342 Bachelor's degrees, 88 Master's degrees, and 8 Doctoral degrees.

List of all Business colleges in Illinois

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Northwestern University Logo Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
15 : 1 22,448
University of Chicago Logo University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
12 : 1 17,452
DeVry University-Illinois Logo DeVry University-Illinois Chicago, IL
4/5
319 : 1 18,195
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
22 : 1 51,605
DePaul University Logo DePaul University Chicago, IL
5/5
25 : 1 22,064
Robert Morris University Illinois Logo Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago, IL
5/5
41 : 1 1,693
University of Illinois at Chicago Logo University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
4/5
19 : 1 32,324
Northern Illinois University Logo Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
21 : 1 16,609
Illinois State University Logo Illinois State University Normal, IL
3/5
23 : 1 20,878
Benedictine University Logo Benedictine University Lisle, IL
5/5
31 : 1 4,401
Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 17,159
Roosevelt University Logo Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
5/5
21 : 1 4,071
Saint Xavier University Logo Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL
5/5
27 : 1 3,623
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Logo Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
3/5
18 : 1 11,695
McKendree University Logo McKendree University Lebanon, IL
5/5
25 : 1 2,292
Bradley University Logo Bradley University Peoria, IL
5/5
17 : 1 5,929
College of DuPage Logo College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
3/5
87 : 1 23,903
Elmhurst College Logo Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL
5/5
22 : 1 3,453
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Logo Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
3/5
21 : 1 13,061
North Central College Logo North Central College Naperville, IL
5/5
18 : 1 2,888

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