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North Aurora, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

While there are no institutions of higher learning in North Aurora, IL, and only one in nearby Aurora, IL, there are 25 within a 25-mile radius of North Aurora. Here, you will review some of these schools and compare them in four categories, including student population and lowest costs, to help you find the right school for you.

The greater suburban area surrounding North Aurora, IL is home to beauty schools, for-profit universities, community colleges and a few other post-secondary institutions. Here we look at the more traditional 2 and 4-year private non-profit and public colleges and universities near North Aurora offering a wide range of program options, to enable students to see if any of these options are a good match for their educational needs. We will also compare these schools on several important NCES statistics.

Closest Schools to North Aurora, Illinois

Many students save money on housing by going to schools close to home. Here are five traditional post-secondary schools listed by the NCES as being within a 25 mile radius of North Aurora.

  • Aurora University (3.3 miles from downtown)
  • Waubonsee Community College (7.3 miles from downtown)
  • North Central College (9.9 miles from downtown)
  • Wheaton College (11.6 miles from downtown)
  • Benedictine University (13.0 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near North Aurora, Illinois

For many students, going to a larger school provides greater opportunities for networking and extracurricular activities as well as a wider range of potential areas of study. Here are the five largest schools in the North Aurora, IL area according to 2015 NCES reports.

  • College of DuPage (28,678 enrolled students)
  • Northern Illinois University (20,130 enrolled students)
  • Joliet Junior College (14, 944 enrolled students)
  • Waubonsee Community College (10,511 enrolled students)
  • Elgin Community College (10,336 enrolled students)

Lowest Net Price

Tuition prices vary widely among schools in the North Aurora area, with 2-year public colleges offering lower costs than their 4-year private not-for-profit counterparts. The NCES tracked net prices paid by average full-time undergraduate students at area schools in 2014-15 by taking total cost of attendance minus the average financial aid award. These five not-for-profit schools had the lowest net prices according to NCES:

  • Elgin Community College ($4,332)
  • Waubonsee Community College ($4,707)
  • Joliet Junior College ($4,856)
  • College of DuPage ($7,333)
  • University of St Francis ($17,616)

Highest Graduation Rate

High graduation rates can be good measures of student satisfaction with their chosen college. The NCES defines graduation rate as the percentage of undergraduates who graduate from their school's degree or certificate program within 150% of 'normal time.' For two-year schools, 150% of 'normal time' would be three years; for four-year schools, 150% of 'normal time' is six years. According to the NCES' parameters, here are the five not-for-profit schools in the North Aurora area that had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Wheaton College (89% graduation rate)
  • North Central College (67% graduation rate)
  • Elmhurst College (67% graduation rate)
  • Lewis University (66% graduation rate)
  • University of St Francis (65% graduation rate)

Use this information to make an informed decision about which school to attend based on proximity to North Aurora, IL, student population, net price and graduation rate.


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