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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.

About 44% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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

There are 14,673 undergraduates at Chamberlain - Illinois, of which 2,771 are full-time, and there are 27,741 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Chamberlain - Illinois is 4.0 years.

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

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,286 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

The total student population at William Rainey Harper College is 13,477, which includes 4,519 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,321 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Harper College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 6,997 students at Malcolm X College in total, 3,111 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 1% of students at Malcolm X College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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

There are 13,061 students at SIUE in total, 10,400 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,615 are full-time. It takes the average SIUE undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

56% of SIUE students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,100 during the early-career years.

#5

College of DuPage

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

There are 7,793 full-time undergraduates at COD, and 23,903 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

14% of COD students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,500 during the early-career years.

#6

Joliet Junior College

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

The total student population at Joliet Junior College is 14,318, which includes 4,690 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at Joliet Junior College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,495 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar 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

There are 3,110 undergraduates at Olivet Nazarene, of which 2,855 are full-time, and there are 4,317 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Olivet Nazarene is 4.2 years.

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.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,818 a year. Olivet Nazarene has a 4.2% 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 Olivet Nazarene is $35,300.

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

There are 21,641 undergraduates at UIC, of which 20,195 are full-time, and there are 32,324 students altogether. For undergraduates at UIC, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

34% of UIC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,430 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,600 during the early-career years.

#9

College of Lake County

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

There are 4,140 full-time undergraduates at College of Lake County, and 13,743 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

7% of College of Lake County students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 860, of which 754 students are undergraduates and of those, 607 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Resurrection University has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $65,300 during the early-career years.

#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 12,240 undergraduates at Loyola Chicago, of which 11,622 are full-time, and there are 17,159 students altogether. For undergraduates at Loyola Chicago, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,273 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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 5,446 students at LLCC in total, 2,177 are full-time undergraduates. 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 1,736 full-time undergraduates at John A Logan College, and 3,744 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from John A Logan College is $21,500.

#14

Rush University

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

The total student population at Rush University is 2,755, of which 112 students are undergraduates and of those, 66 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 0.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rush University is $63,500.

#15

Kaskaskia College

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

The total student population at Kaskaskia College is 3,248, which includes 1,295 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at Kaskaskia College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

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

#16

Southwestern Illinois College

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

There are 8,508 students at SWIC in total, 3,496 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at SWIC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SWIC is $22,000.

#17

Heartland Community College

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

There are 4,974 students at Heartland Community College in total, 1,832 are 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%.

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

#18

Parkland College

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

There are 2,654 full-time undergraduates at Parkland College, and 6,510 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

53% of Parkland College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,400 during the early-career years.

#19

Benedictine University

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

There are 4,401 students at Benedictine U in total, 2,493 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,131 are full-time. It takes the average Benedictine U undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 62%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 69% of students at Benedictine U take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,122 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,000 during the early-career years.

#20

Illinois Central College

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

There are 2,905 full-time undergraduates at ICC, and 8,749 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

19% of ICC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,700 during the early-career years.

#21

Waubonsee Community College

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

The total student population at Waubonsee Community College is 8,665, which includes 2,577 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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

The total student population at McHenry County College is 7,473, which includes 2,093 full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans 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

There are 14,214 undergraduates at DePaul, of which 12,784 are full-time, and there are 22,064 students altogether. For undergraduates at DePaul, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 62% of students at DePaul take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,816 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from DePaul with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Illinois Valley Community College

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

There are 2,841 students at IVCC in total, 1,099 are 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. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar 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 University - Illinois

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

The total student population at Rasmussen University - Illinois is 2,125, of which 2,103 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,156 are full-time. 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. Rasmussen University - Illinois has a 7.3% 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 Rasmussen University - Illinois is $27,500.

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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