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DeKalb, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one university in DeKalb, there are about five other public or private non-for-profit schools located within a 25-mile radius. Here we will review and compare these schools in four categories, including student population, lowest net price and graduation rate, to find the school for you.

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DeKalb itself has just one school, the 4-year public school Northern Illinois University. However, not too far outside of Dekalb there are a number of 4-year universities and 2-year community colleges. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we'll compare these institutions in several categories.

Closest Schools to DeKalb, Illinois

Located within six miles of downtown, the two schools closet to DeKalb include a 4-year public university offering undergraduate and graduate programs as well as a 2-year public college serving undergrads. The remaining schools closest to the downtown area include community colleges and a private university.

  • Northern Illinois University (located downtown)
  • Kishwaukee College (5.7 miles from downtown)
  • Waubonsee Community College (18.5 miles from downtown)
  • Aurora University (23.2 miles from downtown)
  • Elgin Community College (23.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near DeKalb, Illinois

For many, they find going to a larger school provide more academic and extracurricular activities. Here are the five largest schools in the area, according to 2015 NCES reports.

  • Northern Illinois University (20,130 enrolled students)
  • Waubonsee Community College (10,511 enrolled students)
  • Elgin Community College (10,336 enrolled students)
  • Aurora University (5,423 enrolled students)
  • Kishwaukee College (4,064 enrolled students)

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  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

NCES derives the net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid a first-time undergraduate student receives at a given school from the total amount of tuition, books, supplies and housing costs. NCES lists the following schools in the DeKalb area as having the lowest net price based on statistics from the 2014-15 school year.

  • Elgin Community College ($4,332)
  • Waubonsee Community College ($4,707)
  • Kishwaukee College ($7,110)
  • Aurora University ($18,082)
  • Northern Illinois University ($19,205)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES also measures the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduate from their colleges within 150% of the 'normal time' it should take to complete their program. In general, the 4-year public and private not-for-profit schools in the DeKalb area sport a clear advantage over their 2-year counterparts in 2015. All statistics come from NCES data for students who began studies in the fall of 2009 for 4-year programs and 2012 for 2-year programs.

  • Aurora University (56% graduation rate)
  • Judson University (52% graduation rate)
  • Northern Illinois University (50% graduation rate)
  • Elgin Community College (32% graduation rate)
  • Kishwaukee College (28% graduation rate)

With this information you can make a more informed decision about which DeKalb, IL, area post-secondary school you want to apply to, based on their proximity to town, size, cost and graduation rate.

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