Catholic Colleges in Illinois

There are many opportunities to study at a Catholic-affiliated college in the state of Illinois. This article covers six options throughout the state and includes key information and statistics.

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Students in Illinois hoping to combine accredited academics with Catholic faith opportunities have a range of undergraduate and graduate options. The following colleges are some of the Catholic-affiliated schools around the state of Illinois.

School Comparison

Along with population, the following table compares the tuition and the location of each school. These private universities are all affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

School Name Institution Type Enrollment Location Undergrad Tuition (2017-2018)*
Dominican University 4-year, private not-for-profit 3,522 River Forest, IL $32,530
Benedictine University 4-year, private not-for-profit 5,101 Lisle, IL $33,900
Lewis University 4-year, private not-for-profit 6,544 Romeoville, IL $31,250
Resurrection University 4-year, private not-for-profit 574 Chicago, IL $25,554
DePaul University 4-year, private not-for-profit 22,769 Chicago, IL $39,010
Quincy University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,098 Quincy, IL $27,770

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Illinois Catholic Schools Overview

Illinois has many Catholic university options. Schools differ on what types of programs they offer, the faith opportunities available to students, and other unique characteristics.

Dominican University

There are over 50 undergraduate majors and 22 master's degree programs offered by Dominican University. Some of the programs you can focus study in are American studies, legal studies, chemistry, digital cinema, fashion design, special education, and sculpture, among many others. Their dietetics & clinical nutrition services program ranked as the third most focused in the nation according to

The Dominican Stars are the sports mascot for the 13 different men's and women's sports teams, including soccer, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Mass is offered daily on campus, and students interested in converting to Catholicism can take part in the RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). In this program, students study what it means to be Catholic and begin the process of Confirmation. Students can also participate in the liturgical choir.

Benedictine University

Benedictine University attempts to keep class sizes intimate, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. There are three campuses other than the main Lisle campus; there are five colleges within the university that house over 130 different programs of varying levels. For those who want to earn a traditional undergraduate degree, many degree programs are offered, including studies in biology, accounting, clinical life science (respiratory care or perfusion technology), entrepreneurship, international studies, radiation therapy, theology, and publishing. For traditional students, there are four residence halls to live in on campus. Mass is help every day but Saturday, and Adoration is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Via the Partner in Prayer program, students can partner with a local monk or sister to pray together once or twice a month.

Lewis University

Ranked #23 among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report in 2018, Lewis University is located on 410 acres. Although there are over eighty majors to choose from, one of the unique departments is the Aviation & Transportation Department, which offers seven aviation concentrations. This department uses Snap-on Tools so that students can practice using the same instruments that are found inside airplanes. Students also have one-on-one flight training opportunities with over 25 aircraft. For those who want to look up at the skies rather than just fly in them, Lewis offers many opportunities for worship, retreats, and social justice volunteering. One of the service opportunities available is the SOL (Source of Light) program, where students help to fight hunger, assist the elderly, and mentor troubled kids.

Resurrection University

Resurrection University was ranked the 26th most ethnically diverse university out of 2,600 schools by Student-to-teacher ratio is the lowest of the schools listed here at 7:1, and clinical courses are limited to eight or nine students. There were only 574 enrolled students as of 2017. Students must have completed two years of undergraduate coursework prior to enrollment.

The school focuses entirely on healthcare programs and offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice; the graduate pass rate for the NCLEX exam is an impressive 85%. Students can complete service learning in Chicago or around the world in order to put their medical training and faith to use.

DePaul University

DePaul University offers over 130 undergraduate and 175 graduate majors and has the largest student enrollment of the schools on this list. Some of the majors to choose from include African and Black Diaspora studies, animation, anthropology, game design, marketing, conflict studies, world language education, and cybersecurity.

DePaul currently awards financial aid to 86% of its students and offers students who intend to live on campus 12 different apartment- and dorm-style housing options. Sunday night Mass, daily Mass, and prayer sessions are offered on campus by the Catholic Campus Ministry team. Numerous retreats and mission trips are available for students throughout the year, and Catholic Community Night activities are regularly hosted as well.

Quincy University

Quincy University is a liberal arts school that hosts weekly Catholic activities; students can take part in Mass, morning/evening prayers, Confession, Rosary, Bible study, and Adoration. Along with Catholic services, students can get involved with a number of local organizations to help put into practice the Catholic spirit of giving. In fact, 100% of Quincy's students take part in community service. Quincy University has on-campus apartments and six dorm residences for students wishing to immerse themselves fully in the college experience. There are 40 undergraduate and four graduate programs available.

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