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.

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)

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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