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95 Colleges
28,034 Yearly Graduations
$66,862 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$22,203 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Illinois ranked #1 in the nation for nursing degrees handed out in 2019. Around 28,034 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $16,716 per year to get their degree at a college in Illinois, while out of state students will pay an average of $18,367 per year.

An estimated 44% of college students in Illinois take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,551 per year.

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Private for-profit Public vs. Private
11,636 Yearly Degrees
$19,900 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Chamberlain University - Illinois is 27,629, of which 15,090 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,893 are full-time. It takes the average Chamberlain - Illinois undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Around 16% of accepted students are men, and 84% are women.

70% of Chamberlain - Illinois students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,286 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Chamberlain - Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $67,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
824 Yearly Degrees
$9,942 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,530 students at Harper College in total, 4,606 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

7% of Harper College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,321 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
553 Yearly Degrees
$9,216 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,839 full-time undergraduates at Malcolm X College, and 7,104 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,136 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
546 Yearly Degrees
$11,265 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is 13,281, of which 10,833 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,979 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SIUE is 4.6 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 56% of students at SIUE take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,916 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from SIUE with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
490 Yearly Degrees
$9,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,857 full-time undergraduates at COD, and 24,900 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,089 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from COD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
457 Yearly Degrees
$12,570 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,726 students at Joliet Junior College in total, 4,685 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

14% of Joliet Junior College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,495 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Joliet Junior College is $25,800.

#7

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
455 Yearly Degrees
$37,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Olivet Nazarene University is 4,655, of which 3,231 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,946 are full-time. It takes the average Olivet Nazarene undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

77% of Olivet Nazarene students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,818 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Olivet Nazarene with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
446 Yearly Degrees
$15,214 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,783 undergraduates at UIC, of which 19,254 are full-time, and there are 31,683 students altogether. It takes the average UIC undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 34% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,430 a year. UIC has a 3.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UIC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
438 Yearly Degrees
$9,422 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,193 students at College of Lake County in total, 4,164 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,488 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from College of Lake County is $26,800.

#10

Resurrection University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
413 Yearly Degrees
$27,164 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Resurrection University is 833, of which 734 students are undergraduates and of those, 594 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Resurrection University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $65,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
395 Yearly Degrees
$45,543 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,007 students at Loyola Chicago in total, 11,919 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 11,189 are full-time. It takes the average Loyola Chicago undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

65% of Loyola Chicago students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,273 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Loyola Chicago with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
387 Yearly Degrees
$6,576 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,196 full-time undergraduates at LLCC, and 5,565 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 16% of students at LLCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,216 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from LLCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

John A Logan College

Carterville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
384 Yearly Degrees
$5,506 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,040 students at John A Logan College in total, 1,894 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

3% of John A Logan College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,792 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from John A Logan College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Rush University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
381 Yearly Degrees
$29,236 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,708 students at Rush University in total, 121 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 76 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $63,500 during the early-career years.

#15

Kaskaskia College

Centralia, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
294 Yearly Degrees
$7,530 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,229 full-time undergraduates at Kaskaskia College, and 3,164 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,077 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Kaskaskia College is $23,400.

#16

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
283 Yearly Degrees
$6,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southwestern Illinois College is 8,841, which includes 3,551 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

21% of SWIC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,370 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SWIC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Heartland Community College

Normal, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
282 Yearly Degrees
$9,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Heartland Community College is 5,063, which includes 1,884 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Heartland Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,544 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,400 during the early-career years.

#18

Parkland College

Champaign, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
281 Yearly Degrees
$11,580 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,074 students at Parkland College in total, 2,874 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 53% of students at Parkland College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,815 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Parkland College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
276 Yearly Degrees
$32,605 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,718 undergraduates at Benedictine U, of which 2,372 are full-time, and there are 4,940 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

69% of Benedictine U students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,122 a year. Benedictine U has a 5.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Benedictine U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Illinois Central College

East Peoria, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
265 Yearly Degrees
$8,979 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,009 full-time undergraduates at ICC, and 8,875 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,655 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ICC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
261 Yearly Degrees
$9,127 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,651 full-time undergraduates at Waubonsee, and 9,176 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 15% of students at Waubonsee take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,284 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Waubonsee with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
258 Yearly Degrees
$11,899 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,169 full-time undergraduates at MCC, and 7,031 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at MCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,589 a year. The student loan default rate of 12.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
244 Yearly Degrees
$41,202 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at DePaul University is 22,437, of which 14,507 students are undergraduates and of those, 12,795 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at DePaul is 4.2 years.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 62% of students at DePaul take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,816 a year. DePaul has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DePaul is $42,100.

#24

Illinois Valley Community College

Oglesby, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
242 Yearly Degrees
$11,032 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Illinois Valley Community College is 2,958, which includes 1,095 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,802 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from IVCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Rasmussen College - Illinois

Rockford, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
237 Yearly Degrees
$10,935 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,725 undergraduates at Rasmussen College - Illinois, of which 983 are full-time, and there are 1,729 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,328 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,500 during the early-career years.

Other Illinois Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Lewis University 236
27 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 233
28 Saint Xavier University 230
29 Rock Valley College 227
30 Prairie State College 225
31 Illinois State University 223
32 University of St Francis 213
33 Kishwaukee College 208
34 Oakton Community College 199
35 Aurora University 198
35 Lake Land College 198
37 Richland Community College 192
38 Olney Central College 183
39 Bradley University 179
40 Elgin Community College 176
41 Sauk Valley Community College 174
42 Rend Lake College 171
43 Highland Community College 170
44 Methodist College 165
45 Black Hawk College 158
45 Northern Illinois University 158
47 Triton College 145
48 Danville Area Community College 144
49 Shawnee Community College 141
50 North Park University 139
51 Lewis and Clark Community College 136
51 Morton College 136
53 Northwestern College - Bridgeview 120
54 Elmhurst University 118
55 Capital Area School of Practical Nursing 114
56 Saint Anthony College of Nursing 113
57 John Wood Community College 95
58 Lakeview College of Nursing 93
58 Ambria College of Nursing 93
58 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 93
61 Spoon River College 88
62 McKendree University 87
63 Career Center of Southern Illinois 84
64 Moraine Valley Community College 78
64 PCCTI IT and Healthcare 78
66 Kankakee Community College 74
67 Governors State University 72
68 Southeastern Illinois College 68
69 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 65
70 Rockford University 64
71 Millikin University 62
72 South Suburban College 53
72 St. John’s College 53
74 Carl Sandburg College 52
75 Quincy University 51
76 Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria 48
76 Frontier Community College 48
78 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Illinois 41
79 Trinity Christian College 39
80 Dominican University 38
81 Illinois Wesleyan University 35
82 Wabash Valley College 31
83 State Career College 27
83 Western Illinois University 27
85 Robert Morris University Illinois 25
86 Chicago State University 24
87 Lincoln Trail College 21
87 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 21
89 CAAN Academy of Nursing 16
90 CALC Institute of Technology 15
91 Eastern Illinois University 12
92 Graham Hospital School of Nursing 11
93 Concordia University, Chicago 1
93 Wheaton College Illinois 1
95 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College 0

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