Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Illinois

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in Illinois that offer Liberal Arts degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 95 Liberal Arts schools located within Illinois. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Illinois for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,021 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,021 Associate's degrees.

2 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL

William Rainey Harper College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 892 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 892 Associate's degrees.

3 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL

Illinois Central College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 654 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 654 Associate's degrees.

4 Heartland Community College Normal, IL

Heartland Community College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 429 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 429 Associate's degrees.

5 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL

College of Lake County offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 778 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 778 Associate's degrees.

6 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL

Rock Valley College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 605 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 605 Associate's degrees.

7 City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 596 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 596 Associate's degrees.

8 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL

Joliet Junior College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 652 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 652 Associate's degrees.

9 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL

Elgin Community College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 571 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 571 Associate's degrees.

10 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL

Oakton Community College offers 1 Liberal Arts Degree program. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 462 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 462 Associate's degrees.

List of all Liberal Arts Colleges in Illinois

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
College of DuPage College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
3/5
42 : 1 28,678
William Rainey Harper College William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
3/5
38 : 1 14,532
Illinois Central College Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
3/5
33 : 1 9,704
Heartland Community College Heartland Community College Normal, IL
3/5
33 : 1 5,298
College of Lake County College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
3/5
35 : 1 14,964
Rock Valley College Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
3/5
31 : 1 7,651
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
3/5
43 : 1 9,093
Joliet Junior College Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
3/5
39 : 1 14,944
Elgin Community College Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
3/5
37 : 1 10,336
Oakton Community College Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
3/5
32 : 1 9,864
Northwestern University Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
10 : 1 21,655
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
3/5
52 : 1 10,770
Southwestern Illinois College Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
3/5
31 : 1 9,943
University of Chicago University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
7 : 1 15,391
Moraine Valley Community College Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
3/5
34 : 1 15,016
Eastern Illinois University Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
3/5
17 : 1 8,520
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago, IL
3/5
65 : 1 8,365
Northeastern Illinois University Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
3/5
24 : 1 9,891
Lincoln Land Community College Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
2/5
33 : 1 6,447
Lake Land College Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
2/5
40 : 1 5,241
Black Hawk College Black Hawk College Moline, IL
2/5
30 : 1 5,271
Rend Lake College Rend Lake College Ina, IL
2/5
20 : 1 2,303
Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,130
Morton College Morton College Cicero, IL
2/5
45 : 1 4,592
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
20 : 1 45,842

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Additional Liberal Arts Degree Facts for Illinois Schools

Illinois Schools offering online Liberal Arts degrees

Online Liberal Arts degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 654 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Liberal Arts degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Illinois Central College 0 654 0 0 0
Lincoln Land Community College 0 310 0 0 0
Black Hawk College 0 222 0 0 0
Eastern Illinois University 0 0 194 0 0
Governors State University 0 0 168 0 0
How many Illinois schools offer online Liberal Arts degrees?
  • 3 Certificates
  • 7 Associate's
  • 7 Bachelor's

What Liberal Arts degree programs were earned in Illinois?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 52 Colleges 13,265 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 42 Colleges 1,068 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 4 Colleges 111 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 8 Colleges 24 Graduates
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