Normal, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

Students desiring to stay close to Normal for college have a small but not negligible pool of options close by. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we'll examine these schools in terms of four important categories.

Closest Schools to Normal, Illinois

Within 50 miles of Normal, students will find public, private and community college options. Most of these schools are over 20 miles away, though students will find a few options even closer. The closest schools to town are:

  • Heartland Community College (0 miles)
  • Illinois State University (0.7 miles)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University (6.6 miles)
  • Eureka College (20.7 miles)
  • Illinois Central College (31.3 miles)

Largest Schools near Normal, Illinois

All of the larger schools around Normal are public colleges. These schools are located in both urban and suburban settings, giving students the option of a busier or quieter environment. The largest colleges around are:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (45,842 students)
  • Illinois State University (20,760 students)
  • Illinois Central College (9,704 students)
  • Parkland College (8,147 students)
  • Bradley University (5,338 students)

Lowest Net Price

To figure out each school's net cost, the NCES considers the cost of attendance, then subtracts the average amount of financial aid received by each student. Lower net costs may signify a much more manageable amount of debt after graduation. The statistics provided in this section below are from the NCES 2014-2015 records. The schools with the lowest net prices near Normal are:

  • Richland Community College ($4,629)
  • Parkland College ($6,369)
  • Heartland Community College ($7,030)
  • Illinois Central College ($7,532)
  • Eureka College ($16,547)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are determined by reviewing the amount of full-time undergraduate students who complete their programs within 150% of normal time, which would be six years for a bachelor's degree or three years for an associate's degree. In 2015, the best graduation rates for schools within 50 miles of Normal were claimed by:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (85%)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University (83%)
  • Bradley University (74%)
  • Illinois State University (73%)
  • Lincoln Christian University (61%)

Students in Normal have a somewhat limited though solid number of diverse options within 50 miles of home, including private, public and community colleges possessing desirable qualities.

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