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Chicago West, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

There are 58 schools in Chicago and in the immediate surrounding area. Go over some of these schools and see how they compared in several categories to find the school for you.

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There are postsecondary schools of all shapes and sizes in the Chicago area. This article focuses on the traditional colleges -- public and private not-for-profit -- in the area of Chicago West and provides some in-depth information and rankings based on information derived from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):

Closest Schools to Chicago West, Illinois

Being part of the great Chicago area, Chicago West lies in the vicinity of numerous postsecondary institutions offering different degree programs, learning environments and sizes. The five schools that are closest to Chicago West are:

  • Prairie State University (Chicago West)
  • Governors State University (4.3 miles)
  • South Suburban College (6.4 miles)
  • Chicago State University (13 miles)
  • City College of Chicago--Olive Harvey College (13 miles)

Largest Schools near Chicago West, Illinois

Students in the Chicago area have numerous options to choose from when looking at the size of respective schools, ranging from a student population of a few hundred to over 15,000. The largest schools near the Chicago West area are:

  • Joliet Junior College (15,776 students)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (15,286 students)
  • University of Chicago (15,097 students)
  • Columbia College-Chicago (9,440 students)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College (8,914 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES net price for a specific school is the average amount of financial aid received by full-time undergraduate students subtracted from the average cost of attendance. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools with the lowest net price near Chicago West were:

  • Morton College ($3,999)
  • Moraine Valley Community College ($4,573)
  • South Suburban College ($4,608)
  • Joliet Junior College ($4,856)
  • Prairie State College ($7,831)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

NCES-calculated graduation rates refer to the percentage of a school's full-time undergraduates who finish their degree programs in no more than 150% of the normal length of time for that degree. The schools near Chicago West with the highest graduation rates for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • University of Chicago (92% graduation rate)
  • Fox College (84% graduation rate)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (73% graduation rate)
  • Lewis University (66% graduation rate)
  • Trinity Christian College (62% graduation rate)

When you are searching for possible schools in an area as large and diverse as Chicago, it's essential that you look into these kinds of factors to ensure that you make the right choices for you and your specific preferences.

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