Springfield, Illinois (IL) Colleges and Universities

There are 11 colleges and universities within a 50-mile radius of Springfield. Read about the top public and private, not-for-profit schools while comparing the schools through various criteria such as distance, student population size, net price, and graduation rate.

If you are located near Springfield, or are considering relocating for education purposes, your college selection within the region may depend on specific criteria. Using information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we can best analyze a variety of traditional colleges and universities, both public and private.

Closest Schools to Springfield, IL

Although there are only nine non-specialty post-secondary schools in or near Springfield, there are a couple close options within a 3-mile range of the city. The remaining options don't exceed 40 miles in distance from Springfield. The schools closest to Springfield are:

  • University of Illinois at Springfield (2.2 miles)
  • Lincoln Land Community College (3 miles)
  • Lincoln Christian University (28.4 miles)
  • Lincoln College (28.4 miles)
  • Illinois College (31.7 miles)

Largest Schools Near Springfield, IL

If you prefer smaller student populations for your college experience, the colleges and universities available in and near Springfield will be a great fit for you. Because none of the schools exceed even 7,000 in their respective student bodies, you can expect a small to mid-sized school experience. The schools with the largest student population are as follows:

  • Lincoln Land Community College (6,447 students)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield (5,402 students)
  • Richland Community College (3,368 students)
  • Millikin University (2,152 students)
  • Lincoln College (1,194 students)

Lowest Net Price

The cost to attend a school can be a deciding factor when selecting a college or university. The NCES calculates the net price to attend a school by subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded from the cost of tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

  • Richland Community College ($4,629)
  • Lincoln Land Community College ($6,230)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield ($12,308)
  • Blackburn College ($14,593)
  • Lincoln College ($16,627)

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES graduation rates are determined by calculating the percentage of undergraduate students who graduated within 150% of the normal time it takes to complete a degree program. In the Springfield area, four-year, private colleges tended to have the highest graduation rate percentages ranging in the 60-70 percentile range.

  • Illinois College (71%)
  • Lincoln Christian University (61%)
  • Millikin University (60%)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield (48%)
  • Blackburn College (42%)

Although most of the schools are located outside of Springfield, Illinois, there are a couple viable options within the city and a few others not too far in distance if you are willing to travel.

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