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Universities Near Chicago, IL: School Overviews

There are 70 four-year colleges and universities within the Chicago, Illinois, area. This article takes a closer look at the public and private four-year universities in or near Chicago.

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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides up-to-date stats on schools in several categories. Read about the universities with the closest proximity to Chicago, the lowest net costs, the highest graduation rates, and the largest student populations according to NCES data.

Closest Universities to Chicago, IL

Five private universities are located within a 1.3-mile radius of downtown Chicago. Four of these universities offer degrees up to the doctoral level, and each university gives students the option to pursue at least a bachelor's degree. The nearest public university, the University of Illinois at Chicago, also rests near the heart of Chicago, at a convenient 1.6 miles from downtown.

  • Argosy University-Chicago (0 miles from downtown)
  • National Louis University (0.4 miles from downtown)
  • DePaul University (0.6 miles from downtown)
  • Columbia College-Chicago (1.3 miles from downtown)
  • East-West University (1.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Universities Near Chicago, IL

The university with the most students, the University of Illinois at Chicago, is also one of the closest schools to downtown Chicago. While DePaul University rests even closer to downtown, students will need to travel slightly further for largely populated university offerings. The furthest listed university, however, still stands within 12.1 miles of downtown Chicago.

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (29,048 students)
  • DePaul University (23,539 students)
  • DeVry University-Illinois (22,273 students)
  • Northwestern University (21,655 students)
  • Loyola University Chicago (16,437 students)

Universities with Lowest Net Price

A variety of components, such as tuition and supplies, go into the actual cost of education at a school. The net price or cost of a university is determined by deducting the average amount of financial aid full-time undergraduate students receive from the total cost of attendance. The following traditional schools in the Chicago area have the lowest reported net prices for 2014-2015, according to the NCES.

  • Saint Augustine College ($7,488)
  • Chicago State University ($10,793)
  • National Louis University ($11,238)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago ($11,494)
  • Northeastern Illinois University ($15,413)

Universities with Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES publishes graduation rates based on the percentage of undergraduate full-time students who graduate within 150% of the time it would normally take to finish a program, i.e. six years for a four-year program. The following traditional universities have the highest graduation rates according to the NCES.

  • Northwestern University (93% graduation rate)
  • University of Chicago (92% graduation rate)
  • Loyola University Chicago (74% graduation rate)
  • DePaul University (73% graduation rate)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (73% graduation rate)

Using data from the NCES, you can evaluate the university options near Chicago, IL, with regards to their respective location, size, net price, and graduation rate.

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