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Chicago Colleges with Associate Degree Programs

You can find 46 schools offering associate's degree programs within a 25-mile radius of Chicago, Illinois. To see if one of them meets your educational criteria, check out data on locations, student populations, net prices, and graduation rates.

If you wish to enroll in an associate's degree program in the Chicago, Illinois, area you have nearly fifty options from which to choose. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides information that can help you make a well-informed college decision from among these numerous options.

Closest Schools to Chicago, Illinois

There are many schools in Chicago, Illinois offering associate's degrees in a variety of fields enabling prospective students to choose from public and private colleges and universities. The schools that are closest to the city of Chicago are listed below:

  • Argosy University-Chicago (0.0 miles)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (0.0 miles)
  • MacCormac College (0.3 miles)
  • Sanford-Brown College - Chicago (0.3 miles)
  • East-West University (1.3 miles)

Largest Schools Near Chicago, Illinois

Of the schools near Chicago offering associate's degree programs, two have more than twenty thousand students each, and there are several midsize institutions in the area. If you want to attend a college or university with a large student body, one of these five schools may be right for you:

  • College of DuPage (28,678 students)
  • DeVry University-Illinois (22,273 students)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (15,016 students)
  • Triton College (11,684 students)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College (10,770 students)

Lowest Net Price

College affordability is a major concern for many prospective students. To get a better idea of how much your associate's degree will cost, take a look at the NCES net price statistic which is calculated by deducting the average financial aid package from the total cost of attendance for a full-time undergraduate student. Based on figures from the 2014-2015 school year, these five Chicago-area schools were the least expensive:

  • Morton College ($3,999 per year)
  • Moraine Valley Community College ($4,573 per year)
  • South Suburban College ($4,608 per year)
  • Triton College ($5,274 per year)
  • Oakton Community College ($5,941 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

If finishing your degree on time is a major concern, consider a school with a high graduation rate. The NCES reports graduation rate as the proportion of full-time undergraduate students who finish their chosen programs within 150% of the 'expected' time. For associate's degree students, that would mean finishing a 2-year program within 3 years. With relatively high graduation rates, the schools below tend to provide learning environments that foster academic success. For students who finished in 2015, these were the five associate's degree-granting schools near Chicago with the highest graduation rates:

  • Fox College (84%)
  • Coyne College (57%)
  • Benedictine University (53%)
  • Northwestern College - Southwestern Campus (44%)
  • South Suburban College (39%)

In summary, you can learn a lot about the educational opportunities for students wishing to pursue associate's degrees near Chicago, Illinois. Take a look at data from the NCES including school size, distance from Chicago, cost, and graduation rate, to help you make the best decision.

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