Champaign, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

While there are only three schools in Champaign, Illinois itself, there are 17 schools located within a 50-mile radius. Read about some of the schools in several categories, including student population and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

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In the Champaign area, there are five 2-year public colleges, three 4-year public and the remaining are a combination of private for-profit and non-profit. Using statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we review many of the traditional schools to compare and contrast them in the following categories:

Closest Schools to Champaign, Illinois

While there are not that many schools in close proximity to Champaign, students living in this area do have a few options within a 50-mile radius. The NCES lists the following schools as having the closest campuses to Champaign:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (located in Champaign)
  • Parkland College (1.9 miles)
  • Danville Area Community College (32.7 miles)
  • Richland Community College (40.9 miles)
  • Eastern Illinois University (43.5 miles)

Largest Schools near Champaign, Illinois

The largest school in Champaign is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a population of 45,842. Additional schools within 50 miles of Champaign that have large student population are:

  • Illinois State University (20,760 students)
  • Eastern Illinois University (8,520 students)
  • Parkland College (8,147 students)
  • Heartland Community College (5,298 students)
  • Lake Land College (5,241 students)

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  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

By taking the average cost of attending a particular school and subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by full-time undergraduate students, the NCES is able to calculate the net price for that school. In 2015, the schools with the lowest net prices near Champaign were:

  • Richland Community College ($4,629)
  • Lake Land College ($4,724)
  • Parkland College ($6,369)
  • Heartland Community College ($7,030)
  • Danville Area Community College ($9,189)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES arrives at a school's graduation rate by using the percentage of a particular school's full-time undergraduate population who finish their degrees no longer than 150% of the average amount of time for that program. The following schools had the highest graduation rates in the Champaign area for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (85% graduation rate)
  • Illinois State University (73% graduation rate)
  • Millikin University (60% graduation rate)
  • Eastern Illinois University (58% graduation rate)
  • Lake Land College (39% graduation rate)

Even if you live in an area with fewer educational options nearby--like the city of Champaign--it's still a good idea to pay particular attention to factors such as net price, location, student population and graduate rate before making any final decision on your educational future.

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