Best 2017 Colleges in Illinois

Student Outcomes, Career Success Metrics Used to Rank Top 99 Schools for Overall Excellence

SAN FRANCISCO (PR WEB) May 5, 2017 – LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the Best Colleges in Illinois for 2017. 50 four-year colleges were ranked, with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Bradley University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Augustana College taking the top five spots on the list. 49 two-year schools were also selected; Carl Sandburg College, Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Rend Lake College and Lincoln Land Community College were the top five. A complete list of schools is included below.

“The schools on our list have shown that they offer outstanding educational programs that set students up for post-college success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Students exploring higher education options in Illinois can also look to these schools to provide top-quality resources that help maximize the overall educational experience.”

To be included on the “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, all schools must be not-for-profit and regionally accredited. Each college is also evaluated metrics including annual alumni earnings, the opportunity for employment services and academic counseling, the selection of degree programs offered, financial aid availability and graduation rates.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Illinios” list, visit https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/illinois/

The Best Four-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include:
  • Augustana College
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • Blackburn College
  • Bradley University
  • Chicago State University
  • Concordia University-Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Eureka College
  • Governors State University
  • Greenville College
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Judson University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • MacMurray College
  • McKendree University
  • Augustana College
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • Blackburn College
  • Bradley University
  • Chicago State University
  • Concordia University-Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Eureka College
  • Governors State University
  • Greenville College
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Judson University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • MacMurray College
  • McKendree University
  • Millikin University
  • Monmouth College
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Principia College
  • Quincy University
  • Rockford University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rush University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Trinity International University-Illinois
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of St Francis
  • Western Illinois University
  • Wheaton College
The Best Two-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Black Hawk College
  • Carl Sandburg College
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College
  • College of DuPage
  • College of Lake County
  • Danville Area Community College
  • Elgin Community College
  • Frontier Community College
  • Harper College
  • Heartland Community College
  • Highland Community College
  • Illinois Central College
  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • John A Logan College
  • John Wood Community College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Kaskaskia College
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Lake Land College
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Lincoln Land Community College
  • Lincoln Trail College
  • MacCormac College
  • McHenry County College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Morton College
  • Oakton Community College
  • Olney Central College
  • Parkland College
  • Prairie State College
  • Rend Lake College
  • Richland Community College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Sauk Valley Community College
  • Shawnee Community College
  • South Suburban College
  • Southeastern Illinois College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Spoon River College
  • Triton College
  • Wabash Valley College
  • Waubonsee Community College

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