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Chicago, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

There are 148 colleges and universities within 25 miles of Chicago.Go over the schools with the easiest commutes, lowest costs, highest graduation rates and most students to find the school for you.

Plenty of postsecondary options abound in and around Chicago for aspiring college students. Here, we take an inside look at several of the more traditional colleges and universities in the area and compare these schools using statistics gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Chicago, Illinois

As the third largest city in the country, Chicago offers prospective students numerous colleges, universities and postsecondary institutions to choose from within a 25-mile radius. Take a look at the following schools for campuses closest to downtown Chicago:

  • Argosy University - Chicago (located downtown)
  • Adler University (0.3 miles)
  • National Louis University (0.4 miles)
  • DePaul University (0.6 miles)
  • Columbia College - Chicago ( 1.3 miles)

Largest Schools near Chicago, Illinois

If you are interested in studying at a larger school--or at the very least wish to look into school size when deciding where to apply--the Chicago area has many schools with student populations over 15,000. The largest schools near Chicago area:

  • College of DuPage (29,476 students)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (27,969 students)
  • DePaul University (23,799 students)
  • Northwestern University (21,554 students)
  • Loyola University Chicago (15,902 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

When determine a school's net price, the National Center for Educational Statistics subtracts the normal amount of financial aid received by full-time undergrads from the average cost of attendance. The following five schools have the lowest 2014-2015 net prices of two or four-year programs near Chicago:

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

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate is the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate students who finish their degree programs within 150% of the normal timeline. Non-specialty schools with the highest graduation rates for students beginning in 2009 near Chicago are:

  • Northwestern University (93% graduation rate)
  • University of Chicago (92% graduation rate)
  • Loyola University Chicago (74% graduation rate)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (73% graduation rate)
  • DePaul University (73% graduation rate)

When looking for schools in their area, Chicago residents should make sure that they look at factors such as commute, cost, school size and graduation rate when deciding which programs would be best for their specific desires.


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