Best Universities & Colleges in Illinois for 2021

These are the 65 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of Illinois. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in Illinois

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in Illinois to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • American InterContinental University Seal

    American InterContinental University

    Schaumburg, Illinois

    American InterContinental University in Schaumburg, Illinois
    • 11,560 Total Students
    • 35 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    AIU began in 1970 in Lucerne, Switzerland. It was founded by Jack and Helen Barnette of Atlanta and was called ‘American Fashion College of Switzerland’. Within a short span of time, the new founded college extended its operations by starting a campus in Atlanta and expanded further there on. It was in 1996 that the college was named as ‘American InterContinental University’. In its short journey, the institute changed ownership and as of presently, is being run by Career Education Corporation, having acquired the institute in 2001.

    AIU is a multi campus university; it operates one in Atlanta and another in Houston. There is also an Online campus, which started in 2001.The foundation of the university was laid down with the only vision to provide an education which evolved as more than just theory based learning. It was to put in place a curriculum that should meet the growing needs of students in various professional fields.

    With all its focus on career development of its students, the university has its corporate as well as academic alliances and partnerships in place. It partners with more than 70 companies and has the network of more than 80,000 professionals, industry players, alumni and students resulting in professional opportunities and effective recruiting. The personal development of each student to serve their communities is encouraged through the Philanthropy programs facilitated at the university. It runs ‘WeCare’ which supports various causes such as veterans, children with special needs and for safe communities and neighborhoods.

    The academic offerings at the university are provided in the field of business, information technology, design, education, healthcare, and criminal justice. The university grants Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Its online programs also range in Associate, Bachelor’s as well as Master’s degrees and have more than 45 study choices to choose from.

    AIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1970
    • MottoThe Serious U
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous AIU Alumni

    • Mohd Nazifuddin Najib

      Politics & Law

      Son of the present Prime Minister of Malaysia

    • Zohra Sarwari

      Entertainment & Arts

      An author by profession

    • Kelvin Washington

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Marshal - District of South Carolina

    • David Ellefson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Heavy metal bassist

    • Ronald Brise

      Politics & Law

      A politician, served as Florida House of Representatives - district 108


  • Augustana College Seal

    Augustana College

    Rock Island, Illinois

    Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois
    • 2,478 Total Students
    • 49% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 6,712 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Augustana, now a Private Liberal Arts college was originally formed as a college with a theological seminary in 1860. It was founded by the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod and was based in Chicago; it wasn’t until 1875 that it was relocated to its present location in Rock Island, Illinois. By 1947, the seminary separated itself from the college and merging with other seminaries, formed Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; hence the two entities becoming independent.

    Augustana College was founded by the early Swedish settles and the college sticks to its heritage to date. It incorporated Swedish American culture to its campus life as the influence grew in the American society in 1890. This resulted multicultural approach at the campus, and the college adopting modern liberal and arts and sciences curriculum in true sense.

    Student life at the campus is all about engagement of students with faculty, with each other and with their community. There is thriving arts culture, with film festivals and theater performances; there is also Jazz Ensemble. The most interesting is the college’s ‘Heywire’ which is student improv group. Intercultural activities are also considered important as the university celebrated ‘Holi Festival’ while also addressing water crisis. This event was held in collaboration with a nonprofit, Water to Thrive. And while the college has separated itself from its religious affiliation however it still maintains campus ministry as a way for its students to maintain their spiritual connection. Athletics are equally represented at the college; the college teams participate at the NCAA Division III sporting the campus colors Navy Blue and Gold.

    Augustana College offers undergraduate programs with more than 50 program offerings which include Majors, Minors as well as Certificate program options. Some prestigious facilities at the college are Fryxell Geology Museum, named after geologist Fritiof Fryxell and contains specimen of minerals, rocks and fossils. There is also the Old Main, which has been listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

    Augustana School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church

    Famous Augustana Alumni

    • Theodore Emanuel Schmauk

      Social Advocacy & Service

      A Lutheran minister; he is also am educator, and author

    • Daniel Tsui

      Science & Medicine

      Famed for wnning a Nobel Prize in physics

    • Carl Aaron Swensson

      Education & Advocacy

      He founded Bethany College; is also a Lutheran Minister

    • Mark Schwiebert

      Politics & Law

      Served as Mayor of Rock Island

    • Thorsten Sellin

      Science & Medicine

      Famed as the pioneer in scientific criminology

    • Donald K. Sundquist

      Politics & Law

      Served formerly as US Congressman and also the Governor of Tennessee

    • Brenda Barnes

      Business & Industry

      Formerly served as CEO to Sara Lee and PepsiCo

    • Dave "Gruber" Allen

      Entertainment & Arts

      A Television and film actor

    • William Albracht

      Politics & Law

      Served as U.S. Army captain in Vietnam War; he is recipient of three Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts

    • Carl Marcus Olson

      Science & Medicine

      He is known for developing the process to purify silicon for electronic use


  • Aurora University

    Aurora, Illinois

    • 5,423 Total Students
    • 77% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,843 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Presently based in Aurora, Illinois, AU originally began as a seminary in a small township of Mendota. With focus on training students for ministerial positions, over time and with World War II veterans returning, the need for educating individuals in other areas and fields of study was realized; it became a college and relocated to a new campus. Further ahead its journey, the college first entered into an affiliation and then merged completely with George Williams College. As a university today, it operates as a multi campus institute, with the other campus based in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

    Aurora University operates as a private and nonprofit university and brings its students education, knowledge and legacy of two institutes combined into one. Each bringing its own contributions to the community, the university partnering with businesses and civic and welfare organizations has initiated the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, an elementary and middle school.

    University life at AU provides is aimed at providing rich and transformative experience for its students. Each institute brought its own traditions to the campus. There are more than 50 organizations serving different purposes and addressing different concerns such as cultural clubs, Honor societies and religious clubs. The university also operates Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action which is the spiritual center for all the students at the campus. Not only do the students connect but also find service opportunities. Arts, like many universities in the countries is also encourages through musical and theater performances. There are also museum exhibits at AU. There are activities for Physical fitness such as the intramurals and athletics. There are 24 teams that take part at the NCAA Division III; campus colors being White and Navy Blue.

    AU offers undergraduate and graduate programs; there are more than 40 majors in the degrees of arts as well as sciences. Graduate programs include masters and doctoral degrees. Also offered are Adult Degree Completion, Continuing Education and Online Programs. Its notable facilities are Winston Paul Educational Center, Coffman Residence Hall, Parolini Music Center and more.

    AU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1893
    • NicknameSpartans
    • MottoSapientes abscondunt scientiam
    • Motto Eng."Wise persons will carry away knowledge"
    • Colorsroyal blue and white
    • LocationIllinois
    • Athletics22 NCAA Division III teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Benedictine University Seal

    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois

    Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois
    • 5,954 Total Students
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private Roman Catholic institute and the educational initiative of the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Benedictine University was founded in 1887 as St. Procopius College. With progress, by 1890 the college received its charter by the state of Illinois. When it was founded, it was with the idea to train and educate men of having Czech and Slovak ancestry, however over time; the university grew to be more exclusive, becoming coeducational in 1968. It is named after St. Benedict, known as the father of western monasticism and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

    Benedictine University is an institute which traces its roots to Christian heritage but it is also a modern center for learning and intellectual exchange. In 2004, the university collaborated with Shenyang Jianzhu University and Shenyang University of Technology as an overseas program which exported American business programs to China.

    For a complete development of its students, life at Benedictine goes beyond the walls of classroom. There are more than 50 student clubs that involve students in various activities and bring together those with similar interests. Fun comes to the campus through many of its events such as Homecoming, Mardi Gras and Casino Night, which include games, music and other entertainment. There are off campus events held by the students such as comedy performances or Broadway Playhouse. There are sports and recreation opportunities; at BenUnion, students enjoy pool, foosball and few other games and it also has its athletic teams called ‘Eagles’ which participate at the NCAA Division III. Besides entertainment there are also academic events which involve students in a much more engaging way; there are presentations on campus through former NASA scientist and the university has its own museum containing 10,000 specimens, an educational delight for its students. There is campus ministry which engages its students in worship but also thought provoking debates such as inter religious dialogues.

    Its academic programs include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. There are 56 undergraduate degrees with 53 majors, 14 minors; 15 graduate programs and 4 doctoral programs. There are also 34 graduate certificate programs. Its notable facilities are Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum.

    Benedictine School Facts

    • Years Estd.1887
    • NicknameEagles
    • MascotEagle
    • MottoUt In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.That in all things God may be glorified
    • ColorsRed White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – NACC, MLC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • Blackburn College

    Carlinville, Illinois

    • 585 Total Students
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 27% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,078 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private coeducational college today, Blackburn started in 1837 by a Presbyterian minister, called Reverend Gideon Blackburn. Looking to establish an institute where young men of his region could be trained to become ministers and church leaders of tomorrow, Blackburn set up this institute. A visionary leader he used strategic methods to raise funds and began the institute as a theological seminary and after a year added the primary school. It took the rest of the journey for the college to take its present shape.

    In 1869, the college took on its present name and with introduction of scientific as well as a classical curriculum became a liberal arts college. It is based in Carlinville, Illinois. The college, understanding its mission to empower its students as well as communities for growth and advancement has become the least expensive college in Illinois.

    The most distinctive part of the college life at Blackburn College is its Work Program. It is among the only seven colleges in the country which are federally recognised for their work programs, but it is one step ahead since its work program is student run. Students manage other students and hence develop their leadership skills through practical means. For the number of hours worked, the students get discount on their tuition fees. Besides, the college also works towards two other major causes in the world today. It advocates openness and diversity and it also works towards sustainability causes such as enhancing environmental sustainability and recycling. There are 19 student clubs and organisations and extracurricular events and activities such as free bowling night, movies and others. There are athletic teams which participate at the NCAA Division III and its mascot is the ‘Barney the Beaver’.

    The academic programs at Blackburn consist of undergraduate programs. It offers Bachelors degree with more than 30 major choices in arts, business, computers, education, psychology, philosophy and more. Its prestigious buildings are Lumpkin Library, The Marvin and Ingrid Mahan Science Laboratory Wing, F.W. Olin Science Building and others.

    Blackburn School Facts

    • Years Estd.1888
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous Blackburn Alumni

    • Lois B. DeFleur

      Education & Advocacy

      A sociologist; also a former President of Binghamton University

    • Craig F. Stowers

      Politics & Law

      Current Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, 18th

    • Dennis Phillips

      Professional Sports

      A professional poker player

    • Mary Hunter Austin

      Education & Advocacy

      A nature writer and a novelist

    • Truman H. Landon

      Politics & Law

      Former General and Commander in U.S. Air Force


  • Blessing Rieman College of Nursing

    Quincy, Illinois

    • 261 Total Students
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    The roots of Blessing Rieman College of Nursing began with Blessing Hospital in 1887 when the idea of having an affiliated school with the hospital began. By 1891the classes at the Blessing Training School for Nurses had begun. With its quick progress in adapting to the needs of its people by expanding its curriculum, the school became one of the 34 nursing schools to be registered in the state by 1909. What started with a two year program became a four year institute by 1985 and was given its present name in 2016.

    BRCN as of today is a coeducational institute based in Quincy, Illinois providing the nursing education both high in quality as well as knowledge and experience of more than 100 years. It aims to provide professional education, one that is career driven as well as one that centers on patient care through responsibility and strong commitment towards the community.

    Life at the nursing college is strictly about preparing its students for a lifetime of serious work. It provides its students with the Simulation Center which provides with a real time experience. Situated at the Blessing Hospital, this simulation center provides high fidelity patient simulators to interact with. With an expert trained in the field, the students get to practice their skills and boost their confidence. The school is also very actively involved in its research activities, mainly those concerned with improving nursing education and patient care. It also served as the testing site for the study on the subject of Narrative Pedagogy undertaken by University of Wisconsin and University of Indiana. It is also involved in health promotion activities such as Red Cross Blood Drive, Blood pressure screenings and others.

    The programs offered at BRCN are Bachelor of Science which classifies students for the board of nursing examination for licensure and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree. It also offers Bachelor of Science in collaboration with the Culver-Stockton College or Quincy University.

    BRCN School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Bradley University Seal

    Bradley University

    Peoria, Illinois

    Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois
    • 5,338 Total Students
    • 66% Acceptance Rate
    • 15% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 9,186 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A private university, BU was founded by Lydia Moss Bradley. She and her husband had faced premature deaths of all of their six children and became determined to serve the children of their community. Initially she decided to open an orphanage but after much of her travelling and thought, decided to go with a school for the young individuals in her community where they can find better opportunities for their future lives. It was in 1896 that Bradley Polytechnic Institute was chartered and classes began a year later.

    It grew into a liberal arts college and took on its name ‘Bradley University’ in 1946. Based in Peoria, Illinois, the institute has always stressed the importance of education that can create a more aware society. It incorporates innovation and collaborative learning to bring a more global and diversified approach to learning.

    Students enjoy a vibrant campus life at the university. With more than 90 percent of its freshmen students living on campus, they immediately become a family. There are over 240 student organisations that students can become a part of and follow their interests. The student leadership center prepares students for effectively leading their larger communities as responsible citizens. Students are also encouraged to have a religious life, considering it a significant part in their development. However, there are equal opportunities for fun and entertainment. Late Night BU, a non alcoholic monthly event brings students together for games, parties and eating out. For fitness and health, there are recreation activities such as rock climbing wall, indoor track as well as classes. BU’s athletic teams ‘Braves’, take part in NCAA Division I. The official colors are Red and White and its mascot is ‘Kaboom! the gargoyle.’

    Its academic offerings include more than 185 programs at both undergraduate (more than 100 majors and over 50 minors) and graduate level (including Graduate Certificates and Online degrees). The disciplines are divided under nine schools and colleges and the prestigious ones are Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication, Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts and two others.

    BU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1897
    • NicknameBraves
    • Mascot"Kaboom!" the gargoyle
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous BU Alumni

    • Tom Fink

      Politics & Law

      Former help position as the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska; also Speaker of Alaska House of Representatives

    • David Brant

      Science & Medicine

      Former director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

    • Tami Lane

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award winner for makeup in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    • Cardon V. Burnham

      Entertainment & Arts

      Musical composer, arranger, conductor and also performer

    • Louis Skidmore

      Business & Industry

      Architect and co-founder of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

    • Major Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

      Science & Medicine

      Astronaut, the first African American to become an in 1967

    • Howard Lance

      Business & Industry

      Chairman, President, and CEO at Harris Corporation

    • Steve Miller

      Professional Sports

      Coach and Kansas State athletic director at Nike; also Professional Bowlers Association executive and University of Oregon faculty member


  • Chicago State University Seal

    Chicago State University

    Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
    • 4,767 Total Students
    • 21% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,883 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    CSU is a state university and a public institute that started in the year 1867 as a teacher training institute. It was named as Cook County Normal School and it wasn’t until the year 1870 that the institute found a permanent campus. By 1897 it was taken over by the Chicago Board of Education and thereon adopted the term ‘Chicago’ to the name. During 20th century, it changed governance again and by 1965 was under the State of Illinois.

    It was 1971 that it transitioned from a state college to a university. In present age, Chicago State University has become a higher education institute which is comprehensive in its education, promoting research and intellectual exchange but also encouraging leadership role and acceptance of diversity. The university is based in Chicago, Illinois.

    CSU offers a fun filled campus life to students, one that engages its students in all fields and ways. It offers a student body representative, Student Government Association (SGA) which is solely responsible for promoting student welfare through voicing their concerns and arranging activities and events of all kinds. Some annual events which brings students for entertainment together are Spirit Day and Homecoming Week and ones that supporting movements and causes such as Black History Month and Women’s History Month. With participation and organizing these activities, students get to learn leadership as well as interpersonal skills and effective communication. There is a Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and African American Male Resource Center which are respectively engaged in bringing workshops, mentor programs, networking and leadership development activities. There are also student led clubs, more than 65 present on campus which cover a range of activities and fields. Athletics also form an important part; the teams ‘Cougars’ take part in NCAA Division I. The campus colors are Green, Black and White.

    At CSU, the academic programs offered consist of 38 undergraduate programs and 30 graduate degree programs. The academics are divided under five colleges of Health Sciences, Business, Arts and Science, Pharmacy and Education. Its prominent facilities are Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center and Jacoby D. Dickens Center (JDC).

    CSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.September 2, 1867 (1867-09-02)
    • NicknameCougars
    • MascotCougar
    • ColorsGreen, Black and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – WAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous CSU Alumni

    • Danny K. Davis

      Politics & Law

      Congressman from Illinois

    • Karen Yarbrough

      Politics & Law

      Member of Illinois House of Representatives

    • Steven Whitehurst

      Education & Advocacy

      Award-winning author

    • Marlow H. Colvin

      Politics & Law

      Illinois State Representative from 2001 to present

    • Juba Kalamka

      Social Advocacy & Service

      LGBT activist, emcee, curator and record producer

    • James A. Banks

      Education & Advocacy

      Founding director, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington


  • Concordia University-Chicago

    River Forest, Illinois

    • 5,239 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 13% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,448 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Private liberal arts institute and sponsored by The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Concordia began in the year 1864 as Addison (Illinois) Teachers Seminary to produce more professional teachers to teach at Lutheran institutes. As the institute progressed, it not only faced name change but also moved from one place to another. It was in 1913 that it came to its present location, based in River Forest, Illinois. The turning point for the college took place in 1979 as it turned into a liberal arts college and adopted its present name. With even more dedication and present day educational programs, the university aims to produce creative, intellectual and inspiring individuals which are committed to their professions and active in their communities. For the students, campus life at Concordia University Chicago is a vibrant mix of extracurricular activities and learning. There are over 40 student led groups and clubs which offer a mix of activities and interests, ranging from sports, social, to cultural and religious. It also includes Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board (CAB) which provide for leadership opportunities while working for enhancing student experience and bringing and organising activities and events on campus. Arts are particularly famous among students as they take part in various creative performances including music, theatre, visual arts and others. Students also find it important to connect to their communities as they volunteer for various programs and activities working for partner organisations such as Habitat for Humanity or working for women shelter or teaching at schools. Faith and spirituality are also dominant among the students as they attend Chapel, worship in groups and are part of music ensembles. There are also mission groups which arrange trips to local, national and global communities; and the youth ministry arranges concerts and retreats. The college has athletic participation at NCAA Division III; the campus mascot is Charlie T. Cougar and the colors are Maroon and Gold. Academic programs at Concordia consist of over a 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of arts & sciences, business and education. Its notable facility is the Klinck Memorial Library.

    Concordia School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationLutheran Church - Missouri Synod

    Famous Concordia Alumni

    • Paul Manz

      Entertainment & Arts

      Composer, organist, conductor, and a professor of music

    • Carl Schalk

      Entertainment & Arts

      Composer and professor of music

    • Jim Platt

      Professional Sports

      Basketball coach

    • William H. Dress

      Politics & Law

      Banker, teacher; also held office as the mayor of Evansville, Indiana from 1935 to 1943 and from 1948 to 1949


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    DePaul University

    Chicago, Illinois

    DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois
    • 23,539 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 18% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 19,628 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    DePaul is a private Roman Catholic higher education institute that was founded by the Vincentians. As soon as they had set up a church in 1875, planning to set up a new college was underway. In 1898 the college began with seven faculty members and was called St. Vincent’s College. The college outgrew within some time and expanded to include programs and academics. It also became coeducation by 1911.

    It progressed from being a college to university and was renamed as DePaul University in 1907. It is based in Chicago, Illinois and being the largest Catholic university in the country aims to train students in heart and spirit as much as in mind and intellect.

    The campus life at DePaul greatly centers on learning and growth opportunities for every student that walks through its doors. Primarily the university offers more than 350 student led clubs and organisations, in various fields. Besides a way to be involved in campus life and with other students, these also provide leadership positions with student government and student ambassadors. There is also the DePaul Activities Board which is the event organizing committee and brings events and entertainment on campus such as festivals, movie screening, and musical shows etc. Community service is also dominant and besides having student run organisations, there are also immersion trips whereby not only do the students get involved with the community but also get the chance for cultural exposure outside their own. Students take particular interest in arts and so the campus has an Art Museum which displays over 300 works in its permanent collection. The university has athletic representation as well, its teams ‘Blue Demons’ take part at NCAA Division I. The campus colors are Royal Blue and Scarlet and the mascot is ‘DIBS (Demon In a Blue Suit)’.

    The academic programs at the university consist of over 130 undergraduate majors and over 150 Masters programs. Its prominent departments are Driehaus College of Business, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul College of Law, Richardson Library, Lewis Center, Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Environmental Science and Chemistry Building and more.

    DePaul School Facts

    • Years Estd.1898
    • NicknameBlue Demons
    • MascotDIBS (Demon In a Blue Suit)
    • MottoViam sapientiae monstrabo tibi.
    • Motto Eng."I will show you the way of wisdom."
    • ColorsRoyal Blue & Scarlet
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – Big East
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous DePaul Alumni

    • Richard Driehaus

      Business & Industry

      CEO of Driehaus Capital Management

    • Terrance Gainer

      Politics & Law

      Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate

    • Michael A. Bilandic

      Politics & Law

      Former Mayor of Chicago

    • Kay Ulanday Barrett

      Education & Advocacy

      Poet, educator and cultural worker

    • William Granger

      Education & Advocacy

      Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times columnist; also author of The November Man series of novels

    • Jim O'Rourke

      Entertainment & Arts

      Grammy Award-winning producer, composer, musician, sound-artist

    • George Perle

      Entertainment & Arts

      Pulitzer Prize-winning composer

    • Elizabeth Ann Perkins

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress; have worked in Big, The Flintstones, Miracle on 34th Street, About Last Night..., and Avalon.

    • Gillian Leigh Anderson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer; works includeThe Mighty Celt (2005),The Last King of Scotland (2006) and more


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    DeVry University

    Chicago, Illinois

    DeVry University in Chicago, Illinois
    • 22,273 Total Students
    • 78% Acceptance Rate
    • 91% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,487 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    DeVry is and for profit institute that began in the year 1931, originally as DeForest Training School. It was founded by Herman A. DeVry, inventor of motion picture projector, who named the school after his friend, Lee de Forest. When it started, the school offered education in projector and radio repair, but expanded gradually to include other courses and eventually degree in electronics. Over time, it has also added management, health, liberal arts education and others.

    The institute was fully accredited in 1981 and came to be known as DeVry University in 2002. The college is located in over 55 locations throughout the country in 18 states. The university aims to provide career centric education with focus on technology integration in the fields of business, arts, science, health and others.

    At DeVry, education is only that which comes with learning and growth and so with its resources and campus life the university ensures that its students find as much opportunities to connect with each other and learn inside as well as outside the classroom. Inside classrooms, the faculty teaches these students to understand and then find practical application of the skills and concepts, taking in different perspectives and comprehending global challenges. As students go outside classrooms, they find opportunity to be engaged in student led clubs and organisations ranging from academic, professional to Honor societies. All of DeVry campuses offer student clubs and which serve as active social life and interpersonal networking platforms. Besides these, the university offers libraries, electronic and computer labs – state of the art resources which help students get ahead in their studies. Also offered is student support through tutoring for those falling behind their studies, and also preparation for success after graduation. It offers internships and career development help such as job search.

    DeVry offers the following programs: three undergraduate certificate programs, three Associate degree programs, 13 Bachelors degree programs, eight Masters Degree programs and nine graduate certificate programs. Its notable school is the Keller Graduate School of Management.

    DeVry School Facts

    • Years Estd.1931
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous DeVry Alumni

    • Dave Bennett

      Science & Medicine

      Software engineer and CTO

    • George Weah

      Professional Sports

      Soccer player; also humanitarian and Liberian senator

    • Sean Wiley

      Politics & Law

      Pennsylvania state senator

    • Steve Cartwright

      Science & Medicine

      Video game designer

    • Adeline Gray

      Professional Sports

      Three-time world champion wrestler

    • David Crane

      Business & Industry

      Founder and CTO of Appstar Games

    • Gabriela Mosquera

      Politics & Law

      New Jersey General Assemblywoman


  • Dominican University

    River Forest, Illinois

    Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois
    • 3,696 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,161 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    The origin of Dominican, a higher education and research institute go back to 1901 when it was founded as the St. Clara College. The college, however, also traces origins to St. Clara Female Academy founded in 1848. In 1922 the college was renamed as the Rosary College and soon in 1926 moved to its own campus. Gradually, it added academic programs and transformed into a coeducational institute.

    It was in 1997 that it took on its present name as Dominican University. Based in River Forest, Illinois, the university has gained prominence for education that is not only promoting diversity but also training students to critically look at the rising global issues and be innovative in their approach to mending them.

    Dominican aims to become a learning and growth center for the students, and so provides every form of support and service which could help its students to develop. To keep its students focused but not bore them of their academics, the university brings learning and growth through plenty of extracurricular activities. Students find more than 30 student led organisations and clubs to be part of, offering various interests and the chance to develop interpersonal relations. These student clubs also serve as organisations where students get to learn and display the leaders in them by taking on the role of Officers. There is also formal education provided for developing leadership skills through the TORCH Orientation Leaders, Emerging Leaders Program, as Resident or Commuter Assistants. There is also active ministry on the campus which involves students in prayer, studies as well as community service. Students also get to express their creative side through performing arts activities such as series, dance recitals and etc. There are university athletic teams, ‘Starts’ competing at NCAA Division III.

    The academic programs at Dominican consist of undergraduate programs with 50 majors and minors, and dual-degree or certificate programs. It also offers graduate programs under six schools, of which the most prominent is Brennan School of Business. Other facilities include Parmer Hall, Rebecca Crown Library, Coughlin Hall, Sister Jean Murray Hall, Mazzuchelli and Power Hall, and more.

    Dominican School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Dominican Alumni

    • Margaret Farrow

      Politics & Law

      Former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin

    • Agnes Awuor

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Kenyan nun and politician

    • Megan Cavanagh

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress, known for her role as Marla Hooch in 'A League of Their Own'


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    Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston, Illinois

    Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois
    • 8,520 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 9,103 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    EIU is a state higher education institute that traces its beginning to year 1895 when it was established as Eastern Illinois Normal School by the State Legislature. With construction of the campus building complete, the school opened its doors in 1899. The school changed names and forms over the course, becoming Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1921 and Eastern Illinois State College in 1947.

    Its transformation into a university happened in 1957. With the university’s approach towards critical thinking and inquiry, it is able to train and educate its students with the knowledge and ability to better reason as well as creatively work towards solutions for technologically integrated and progressive global societies.

    At Eastern Illinois University, the campus life is highly student centric as the university brings diverse opportunities which contribute to its student’s knowledge and learning capabilities. The main theme at the campus is around the student led organisations and clubs. There are more than 170 such registered student organisations with a wide span of interest. While there are cultural, recreation and arts clubs, there is also Greek life, spiritual and community service clubs. Students also find various student associations. All these groups not only provide a learning place and socialising opportunities but also open up window for leadership roles as students head these organisations. Students also find encouragement as well as activities to go beyond the boundaries of the campus and interact with people and the community members. The students take active part in serving them by volunteering their hours. Recreation also forms an important part of student life. There are intramural sports and also athletic participation. The university teams are ‘Panthers’ and they take part at NCAA Division I. The mascot is ‘Billy the Panther’ and the colors are Blue and Grey.

    At EIU, the academic programs consist of 51 undergraduate degree programs; 32 graduate degree programs; 10 post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Some of the notable facilities/departments are Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College, Livingston C. Lord Administration Building, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center.

    EIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1895
    • NicknamePanthers
    • MascotBilly the Panther
    • ColorsBlue and Grey
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – OVCThe Summit League
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous EIU Alumni

    • Ron Westray

      Entertainment & Arts

      Jazz trombonist; also member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Mingus Big Band

    • Jan Spivey Gilchrist

      Entertainment & Arts

      Children's book author and illustrator

    • Brandon Phelps

      Politics & Law

      Member of Illinois House of Representatives

    • Joe Knollenberg

      Politics & Law

      Representative of the Ninth District of Michigan, U. S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2009

    • Jim Edgar

      Politics & Law

      Governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999

    • Glen Gabbard

      Science & Medicine

      Psychiatrist and author of 20 books

    • Dave Huxtable

      Professional Sports

      Assistant coach with the Wisconsin Badgers football team


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    Elmhurst College

    Elmhurst, Illinois

    Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois
    • 3,298 Total Students
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,620 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Elmhurst is a private liberal arts college that traces its beginning to when it was founded as Elmhurst Pro seminary in year 1871. The land for the new born academy came from Thomas Bryan, a businessman from Chicago who had the vision of having a preparatory school for the young boys in the region. With the land given to German Evangelical Synod of North American, the seminary was born. Initially it offered only a limited number of subjects.

    As it began offering bachelors degree program in 1924, it consequently was renamed as Elmhurst College. Over its entire journey, the college has stayed true to its mission of preparing students for a socially responsible, intellectually sound and globally adaptive way of thinking with the aim of serving their communities.

    At Elmhurst, students find themselves engaged in learning and forming relationships on and off campus through the various programs and activities. There are over a 100 student led organisations and clubs present on campus ranging from special interest, service, religious, academic to arts and others. Similarly, there are also leadership groups and associations where the students get education for leadership skill development, character formation as well as offered hands on experience. The most primary unit for serving as leaders is the Student Government Association and the Ambassador programs. There is also focus of intercultural development and inclusivity and so activities such as ‘World Matters’, other ethnic celebrations, and intercultural retreats helps students gain experience and exposure. Spiritual life is also considered an important part of student life and so with campus Chaplain, students find an opportunity to develop and reflect on their faith and spirituality. The college also has its athletic teams called ‘BlueJays’ that compete at NCAA Division III; the college mascot is ‘Victor E. Bluejay’ and the colors are Blue and White.

    As for its academic programs, these include 61 majors, 15 pre professional programs and more than 15 graduate programs. The prominent facilities are A.C. Buehler Library, Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action, Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace, Frick Center, Daniels Hall, Deicke Center for Nursing Education and others.

    Elmhurst School Facts

    • Years Estd.1871
    • NicknameBluejays
    • MascotVictor E. Bluejay
    • MottoIn Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen
    • Motto Eng.In your light we shall see light
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – CCIW
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Church of Christ

    Famous Elmhurst Alumni

    • Rane Arroyo

      Entertainment & Arts

      Poet and Chicago Literary Hall of Fame recipient

    • Cathy Davidson

      Education & Advocacy

      National Council on the Humanities appointee in 2011 and history of technology scholar

    • David Rasche

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor, worked in theater, film and television

    • Jack Stack

      Business & Industry

      Founder and CEO of SRC Holdings; also an Author

    • Jeff Quinn

      Professional Sports

      Assistant coach for the Notre Dame football team

    • William Joseph Bauer

      Politics & Law

      Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago


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    Governors State University

    University Park, Illinois

    Governors State University in University Park, Illinois
    • 5,938 Total Students
    • 39% Acceptance Rate
    • 47% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,114 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Governors State University (GSU) is a public comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in broad spectrum of fields of studies. The University was established in 1969 by Illinois Governor Richard B. Ogilvie. The plan was to receive students after 4 years from establishment; however, the plan was accelerated to start the classes in 1971. The university did not offer grades to the students but competencies. It did not have discrete departments and was one of the original “universities without walls”. Later, the university developed into traditional university with departments, grades and conventional staff ranking. The university offered doctoral degree for the first time in 2007 in physical therapy.

    The campus covers a 750-acre piece of land located in University Park, Illinois. The campus contains nature landscape scenery with woods and lakes. It is home to several prominent centers and parks including Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park established by Lewis Manilow in the 1960s. There are also several distinctive events held regularly as a tradition of the university including alcohol awareness week, family day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Day, Lunch and Learn and Salute to Grads. The official colors for the university are black and white while its mascot is Jaguars. The university joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the academic year 2015/2016.

    GSU currently is divided into 4 colleges offering 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 27 master’s degree programs, 5 doctoral programs and 27 certificate programs. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It has been ranked among best schools for Health administration, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology by US News 2008 and 2012. There are 16 different scholarship in addition to financial aid to which students can apply to get financial support.

    GSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1969
    • MascotJaguars
    • ColorsBlack White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous GSU Alumni

    • Jerry Butler

      Entertainment & Arts

      original lead singer of the famed R&B vocal group the Impressions

    • Debbie Halvorson

      Politics & Law

      former Illinois state senator

    • Carl Hoecker

      Politics & Law

      Inspector General of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    • Richard F. Kelly

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Business man and legislator

    • Sheryl Underwood

      Entertainment & Arts

      comedian actress and TV host


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    Greenville College

    Greenville, Illinois

    Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois
    • 1,321 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,901 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Greenville College is a four-year educational institute that is affiliated to the evangelical church the “Free Methodist Church”. Its campus is located in Greenville City, Illinois State in the United Sates only 45 miles away from St. Louis in Missouri State. The history of Greenville establishment returns back to 1855 when Stephen Morse decided to inaugurate a Christian focused college for women. He named it Almira College after his wife’s name, Almira Blanchard, to honor her financial support to inaugurate that institute. Almira College was affiliated to the Baptist church and its target was to provide religious education to women under the supervision of John B. White, one of Morse’s classmates from Brown University. In 1878, the ownership of Almira College transferred from Stephen Morse to James Park Slade. Although Slade kept the college’s affiliation, he managed to change it to a co-educational institute. In 1892, Almira College campus along with some extra acres of land was purchased by some of the Free Methodist Church ministers and priests. Their aim was to establish a co-educational institute for teaching both men and women under the influence of Christianity. The educational institute was reintegrated again to be Greenville College. In 1893, Wilson T. Hogue, a pastor from New York, was selected to be the first president for Greenville. Pastor Hogue was able to get his PhD besides his administrating, managing and teaching duties. Greenville had only 11 presidents since its establishment till now. The first class of students were graduated from Greenville was in 1898.

    Greenville mission is to provide educational services to students under the umbrella of Christian values and aspects to enrich students emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

    The college campus is characterized by comprising the only museum that is devoted to the sculptor Richard Bock’s works who was Frank Lloyd Wright associate.

    Greenville consists of more than 15 academic departments through which it offers undergraduate studies in more than 25 majors and 100 minors. In addition, it offers more than 15 graduate and adult degrees.

    Greenville School Facts

    • Years Estd.1892
    • NicknamePanthers
    • MottoDelivering Real Experience
    • ColorsOrange and Black_ _
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III
    • Religious AffiliationFree Methodist

    Famous Greenville Alumni

    • Robert Briner

      Professional Sports

      An American professional sports manager, commonly known as Bob. Also a famous television produced and a winner of Emmy Award.

    • Matthew Ryan Bronleewe

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American famous musician, record producer, and author of many songs and novels.

    • Leila Fletcher

      Entertainment & Arts

      A famous Canadian music composer, editor, educator, publisher and pianist. Former music director of music at Lorne Park College and former editor for Gordon V. Thompson music publishers in Toronto.

    • John Hammond

      Professional Sports

      An American professional basketball player and the current general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

    • Alfred Harrison Joy

      Science & Medicine

      An American astronomer, well known for his work on radial motion of stars and stellar distances.

    • Mary Evelyn Previte

      Politics & Law

      An American politician and member in the Democratic Party. Former representative of the 6th legislative district in New Jersey from 1998 till 2006.

    • Esther Lavelle Snyder

      Business & Industry

      An American businesswoman and a co-founder with her husband, Harry Synder, in N-Out Burger series.


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    Hebrew Theological College

    Skokie, Illinois

    • 526 Total Students
    • 97% Acceptance Rate
    • 90% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 403 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Hebrew Theological College is a private religious university that is known colloquially by the name “Skokie Yeshiva”. The college was established in 1921 by Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Rubinstein and Rabbi Saul Silber. It was first located in North Lawndale community. In 1958, the school moved to its current location in Skokie which is a suburb at the north of Chicago. Leadership of the school is shared between the dean of the Talmudical academy and the chief executive officer who is called the Chancellor.

    The university has separate campuses for males and females. Men study at Skokie Campus which covers 7 acres at a suburban area near Skokie, Illinois. The campus includes several distinctive buildings as Beis Midrash building and the Saul Silber Memorial Library. Women study at Chicago Blitstein Institute (TI) Campus located within the Chicago Orthodox Jewish Community. The campus has a branch of the Saul Silber Memorial Library.

    The university teaches Torah and Jewish traditions. The college consists of two schools; the Bressler School of Advanced Hebrew Studies and the Kanter School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All enrolled students study a degree in Talmud and have the option to study an additional major in liberal arts and sciences. Students may benefit from several financial aid programs that support men and women.

    HTC School Facts

    • Years Estd.October 15, 1921
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationJewish

    Famous HTC Alumni

    • Chaim Zimmerman

      Education & Advocacy

      one of the leading rabbis of the Post-War generation

    • Berel Wein

      Education & Advocacy

      Orthodox writer with bonds to both Modern Orthodox and Haredi Judaism

    • Abraham J. Twerski

      Science & Medicine

      psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse

    • Moses Mescheloff

      Education & Advocacy

      American Orthodox rabbi and community leader

    • Menachem Kellner

      Education & Advocacy

      scholar of medieval Jewish philosophy known for his book "A Jew Believe Anything?"


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    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Chicago, Illinois

    Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois
    • 7,792 Total Students
    • 53% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,403 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research university that grants doctoral degrees. The history of establishing the institute dates back to 1890 when Chicago minister Frank Wakely Gunsaulus called to collect $1 Million from donations to establish a college that can provide education to students of all backgrounds to become leaders in the industrial community. In response to this, Philip Danforth Armour, Sr. donated $1 Million to establish the Armour Institute which was opened in 1893. Two years later, the estate of hardware merchant and investor Allen C. Lewis established the Lewis Institute. Illinois Technology appeared in 1940 by merging of the two colleges. In 1969, the institute incorporated Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Stuart School of Management and Finance. In 1986, The Midwest College of Engineering joined the university. In 2006, Illinois established the Technology Park which currently houses several companies. In 2010, the university administration decided to choose the nickname Illinois Tech instead of its previous abbreviation II T to avoid confusion with the Indian Institute of Technology.

    The university main campus covers 120 acres in Chicago, Illinois with several distinctive buildings including S.R. Crown Hall, John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center, Robert A. Pritzker Science Center, Perlstein Hall, Siegel Hall, Stuart Building, Wishnick Hall, Keating Hall, Fowler Hall, McCormick Lounge, Cunningham Hall and McCormick Tribune Campus Center. Part of the main campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. S.R. Crown Hall is registered as a National Historic Landmark. Additionally, the university operates in Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus and Moffett Campus. The official colors for the university are scarlet and gray while its mascot is called Talon the Hawk. Its athletic teams compete NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I and CCAC.

    The university is divided into 11 colleges and institutes including Armour College of Engineering, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Lewis College of Human Sciences, Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Stuart School of Business and Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research offering undergraduate degrees in 36 majors as well as graduate programs.

    Illinois Tech School Facts

    • Years Estd.1890
    • NicknameScarlet Hawks
    • MascotTalon the Hawk
    • MottoTransforming Lives. Inventing the Future.
    • ColorsIIT Scarlet and IIT Gray
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III (in transition)Formerly NAIA – CACC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Illinois Tech Alumni

    • Martin Cooper

      Science & Medicine

      inventor of the mobile phone

    • John Calamos

      Business & Industry

      founder and CEO of Calamos Asset Management

    • Martin C. Jischke

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of Purdue University

    • Valdas Adamkus

      Politics & Law

      former president of the Republic of Lithuania

    • Jack Steinberger

      Science & Medicine

      Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics


  • Illinois State University Seal

    Illinois State University

    Normal, Illinois

    Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois
    • 20,760 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 12,139 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Illinois State University (ISU) is the oldest public university in Illinois which was founded in 1857 as a training school for teachers under the name “Illinois State Normal University”. Among its supporters were local businessman and land holder Jesse W. Fell, with his friend Abraham Lincoln who was the attorney of the university, and judge David Davis. Its initial name “Illinois State Normal University” reflects its duty of teaching high school students to be teachers as a normal school. Classes were initially conducted in downtown Bloomington, using part of Major’s Hall, which was formerly the site of Lincoln’s “Lost Speech.” With the accomplishment of Old Main in 1860, the university relocated in its current campus, which was commissioned as “Normal” in 1865. The new town had named itself “Normal” after the university was established and named by this name. In 1965, the university’s name was altered to “Illinois State University at Normal”, and then to the current name “Illinois State University” in 1968. ISU is located in Normal, Illinois.

    Illinois main campus covers 1,000 acres in an urban area with buildings placed closely together in a rectangular arrangement. It provides several distinctive facilities to the students as Milner Library which contains more than 1.5 million volumes, Watterson Towers which are one of the tallest student residence in the world, Hewett Hall, Manchester Hall, Haynie Hall, Wilkins hall, Wright Hall, Cardinal Court, Hamilton and Whitten Halls. ISU’s Athletics teams are playing in NCAA Division I Football Championship. The university mascot is called Reggie Redbird while the official colors are red and white.

    The university offers programs for bachelor, master, and doctoral levels through six different colleges including Mennonite College of Nursing. Illinois State is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. US News & World Report 2016 ranked Illinois State University 152nd among America’s best 310 private and public national universities and 78th among 133 public US national universities. In addition, Forbes magazine positions Illinois State #409 out of 650 US colleges. ISU has been nominated as the host of the 2011 national forensic association (NFA) National Championship.

    ISU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1857
    • NicknameRedbirds
    • MascotReggie Redbird
    • MottoGladly We Learn and Teach
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous ISU Alumni

    • Patti S. Hart

      Business & Industry

      former chairman/CEO of Pinnacle Systems Inc

    • Nicholas J. Percoco

      Business & Industry

      Founder of Trustwave's SpiderLabs

    • Joe Reynolds

      Business & Industry

      CEO and founder of Red Frog Events

    • Sam Alex

      Social Advocacy & Service

      American radio and TV personality

    • Michael P. McCuskey

      Politics & Law

      Federal Judge

    • Derek Green

      Politics & Law

      Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador


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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Bloomington, Illinois

    Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois
    • 1,842 Total Students
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,744 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent undergraduate college for liberal and fine arts. It was founded by a miscellaneous group of 30 religious and civic front-runners, in 1850, as “an Institution of learning of Collegiate grade”. The university was established with the support of the United Methodist Church, and based on this “Wesleyan” was added to the initial name “Illinois University”. In spite of maintaining its affiliation to the Methodist Church, IWU is independent with a full commitment to diversity, as included clearly in its mission. The liberal arts and sciences have been included in Illinois Wesleyan’s curriculum since its inauguration. On May 15, 2009, the University pronounced the inauguration of its “Transforming Lives” fundraising campaign. The campaign goals were to nurture $125 million to create 20 new awarded faculty positions, rise the number of scholarships and grants to students, offer funds for a new principal classroom building and new apartment-style dormitory, etc.

    IWU covers 82 acres in a suburban area in Bloomington, Illinois. It provides several distinctive facilities to the college as Ames Library, Shirk Athletic Center in addition to residential halls as Dodds Hall, Harriet Fuller Rust House, Dolan Hall, Gulick Hall, Munsell Hall, Ferguson Hall,Kemp Hall and Blackstock Hall. The official campus colors are green and white. Illinois athletic teams plays in the NCAA’s Division III and is affiliated to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). The athletics teams are known as “Titans” and they helped found the CCIW. Titans have won 136 CCIW Titles and 6 Division III National Finals.

    Illinois Wesleyan grants over 80 majors, minors and programs. It is positioned as one of the “best values” in the nation by PayScale and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

    IWU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1850
    • NicknameTitans
    • MottoScientia et Sapientia (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Knowledge and Wisdom
    • ColorsGreen White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous IWU Alumni

    • Bill Brady

      Politics & Law

      Illinois State Senator

    • Richard Jenkins

      Entertainment & Arts

      Oscar-nominated actor

    • Larry Shue

      Entertainment & Arts

      Playwright and actor

    • Tom Cross

      Politics & Law

      Illinois State Representative and House Republican Leader

    • Alfred O. Coffin

      Science & Medicine

      First African American man to receive a PhD in Biology,

    • Tony Kaska

      Professional Sports

      football player


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    Judson University

    Elgin, Illinois

    Judson University in Elgin, Illinois
    • 1,274 Total Students
    • 71% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 653 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Judson University is a private Christian liberal arts university. It was established in 1963 as a consequence of a decision to separate the liberal arts component of the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary which was established in 1913. The college was initially named Judson College in honor of Adoniram Judson who was the first American Baptist missionary sent to foreign countries. Judson achieved the university status in 2007.

    The Judson Campus is located on the banks of the Fox River, Chicago covering 90 acres. The campus was built initially on 19-acre estate that was formerly known as Braeburn-on-the-Fox which was bought at a value of $100,000. The campus consists of 17 buildings including Harm A. Weber Academic Center which is a LEED Gold certified building established in 2007 covering 88,000 sq.ft. It is considered among the most energy efficient buildings in North America. Other distinctive buildings on campus include Alice and Edward Thompson Center, Barton House Admissions, Benjamin P. Browne Library, Betty Lindner Campus Commons, Creekside South, Herrick Chapel, Lindner Tower, Ohio Hall, Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center and Volkman Hall. Additionally, Judson has a branch campus established in 1999 in Rockford, Illinois. The University mascot is called the Eagles while its official colors are navy blue and white. The university athletic teams compete in NAIA and NCCAA. There are several unique events held each year on campus including World Leaders Forum, Imago Film Festival, Literacy in Motion Conference and Judson University Founders’ Day.

    The university is divided into three schools offering undergraduate 50 majors. It also offers 8 graduate programs granting masters and doctoral degrees. Judson is the only Christian university that has an accredited architecture program. The University was ranked 24th in 2014 among Midwest colleges and school by US News & World Report. It is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Judson School Facts

    • Years Estd.Founded in 1913, and established in its current location in 1963.
    • MascotEagles
    • MottoChristus Lux Mundi (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Christ, the Light of the World
    • ColorsNavy Blue White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNAIA
    • Religious AffiliationBaptist

    Famous Judson Alumni

    • Dave Breese

      Social Advocacy & Service

      evangelical Christian pastor, theologian, and televangelist

    • Liz Gorman

      Professional Sports

      American football player in the Legends Football League

    • Kelly Findley

      Professional Sports

      head men's soccer coach at North Carolina State University


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    Kendall College

    Chicago, Illinois

    • 1,275 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 54% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 176 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kendall College, commonly known as Kendall, is a for-profit higher educational institute that is located in Chicago, Illinois State. Kendall is a member in the network of Laureate International Universities, a group of for-profit colleges and universities that are led by Laureate Education in Baltimore, Maryland State. Kendall College was established in 1934 as Evanston Collegiate Institute in Evanston County, Illinois in the United by both the Swedish and Danish-Norwegian seminaries confessed by the Scandinavian Conference of the Methodist Church. In 1950, the school’s name was changed to be Kendall College in a memory of Curtis P. Kendall and his family, the early founders of Washington National. Kendall College opened its business programs, culinary programs and restaurant management programs in 1970, 1985 and 1987 respectively. The offered programs started to be changed to be bachelor degrees starting 2005 and consequently establishment of corresponding schools took place. After expansion, Kendall College campus shifted in 2005 from Evanston to its current site in Sara Lee Research and Development Building, Metropolitan, Goose Island in Chicago. Kendall has become officially affiliated to the Laureate Education System since 2008.

    Kendall College mission is to provide its students with a combination of creativity, personal development and professionality in order to build up professional global leaders capable of serving the surrounding community.

    Kendall College was selected by the U.S. News and World Reports in 2017 as the top liberal arts college in the Midwest. It is also ranked the top university in Chicago owing to its programs in culinary arts and hospitality management.

    The College is composed of 4 schools offering 5 bachelor degrees with around 15 concentrations. In addition it offers two associate degrees. Kendall College offer online education in some selected programs.

    Kendall School Facts

    • Years Estd.1934
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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    Lewis University

    Romeoville, Illinois

    • 6,679 Total Students
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,728 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lewis University is a private Lasallian and Roman Catholic university in Romeoville, Illinois. Lewis was founded by the Archdiocese of Chicago and Bishop Bernard J. Scheil, in 1932, as Lewis Holy Name Technical School. The school was named after the philanthropist Frank J. Lewis who financed the construction of many of its buildings. In 1935, the name was changed to be Lewis Holy Name School of Aeronautics, a name which is carved in stone on the building named “Oremus Fine Arts Center”. During World War II, classes were on hold as the campus was specified to the United States Navy to train pilots. The campus is adjacent to the Lewis University Airport. Women joined the school for the first time in 1949. Three years later the school’s name was altered to the Lewis College of Science and Technology. The school’s name was reduced to simply Lewis College in 1962 and finally received its contemporary name of Lewis University in 1973.

    Lewis campus covers 376 acres with several distinctive buildings as St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, La Salle House, Stritch Hall, McNamara Hall, Harold E. White Aviation Center and Sheil Hall. The athletics teams of Lewis are nicknamed flyers with the colors of red and white. Lewis University competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II. Lewis also plays intercollegiately in rugby as a part of the CARFU. Prior to joining the NCAA, Lewis was part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), coming first in the NAIA Baseball World Series 1974–76.

    Lewis serves with five colleges and schools, which offers undergraduate, adult undergraduate, graduate and online programs. Lewis has been named as one of the best colleges in the region for the last two successive years by both The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. The University is listed in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s ranks of the best Midwest master’s-level universities; most newly ranking 58 out of a total of 144 institutions.

    Lewis School Facts

    • Years Estd.1932
    • NicknameFlyers
    • MottoSignum Fidei (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Sign of Faith
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – GLVC, MIVA
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Lewis Alumni

    • John Caponera

      Entertainment & Arts

      Television actor and comedian

    • J. J. Furmaniak

      Professional Sports

      Professional MLB baseball player with the Tampa Bay Rays

    • Rick Huisman

      Professional Sports

      Professional MLB baseball player with the Kansas City Royals

    • Paul Stevens

      Professional Sports

      College baseball coach at Northwestern

    • Ernie Young

      Professional Sports

      Baseball player with the Oakland A's and San Diego Padres

    • Kay Cannon

      Entertainment & Arts

      Comedy Series (30 Rock) writer, actress and improvisational


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    Lincoln Christian University

    Lincoln, Illinois

    • 878 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 61% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 250 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lincoln Christian University is a Christian higher education institute. It was established in 1944 under the name of Lincoln Bible Institute, as a four-year college following the principles of the Restoration Movement. In 1951, a seminary was opened at the college changing its name to Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. In 1993, the college became affiliated to the Eastern Christian College and was renamed to Lincoln Christian College-East Coast before the Easter Christian College was closed in 2005. The name was changed again in 2009 to its current name.

    LCU main campus is located in Lincoln, Illinois covering 130 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings as Appel Building, Henderson Hall, Charles E. Mills Administration Building, Jessie C. Eury Library, Earl C Hargrove Chapel, Harmony Hall, Laughlin Center & Field House, Restoration Hall, Ruth Hall, Taylor Hall, Timothy Center and Titus Hall. It has two additional campuses in Las Vegas, Nevada and Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Its athletic teams, who are called the Red Lions, compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

    The college offers 2 certificate programs, 3 associate degree programs, 12 bachelor degree programs, 12 master’s degree programs and a doctor of ministry program. LCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in addition to three other accrediting organizations. It is affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ.

    LCU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1944 (1944)
    • MottoTo nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Churches and Churches of Christ

  • Lincoln College Seal

    Lincoln College

    Lincoln, Illinois

    Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois
    • 1,194 Total Students
    • 52% Acceptance Rate
    • 54% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,343 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lincoln College is a private college for liberal arts located in Lincoln, Illinois. It was established in 1865 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church which aimed at establishing a school at the north due to the civil war while all its schools were located in the south. It was the first institute to be named in honor of President Lincoln and the only one to hold his name during his life. The Groundbreaking for the first building on campus; University Hall was held on President Lincoln’s birthday which was six days after receiving the college charter. The college opened its doors in 1866 with equal admission to both men and women. In 1901, the college became affiliated to the Decatur College and Industrial School changing its name to Lincoln College of the James Millikin University. In 1929, Lincoln became a junior college offering only 2-year programs due to financial difficulties.

    Lincoln main campus is located in Lincoln, Illinois including several distinctive buildings as McKinstry Memorial Library, Olin-Sang Residence Hall, Old Adams Studio, Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium, Behrends Admissions Building, Johnston Center for Performing Arts, Dooley Hall, Meyer-Evans Student Center, Hoyle Residence Hall and Lynx Village Residence Hall. The college also has an additional campus in Normal, Illinois that was opened in 1979. Lincoln also announced that it will establish another campus in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Its mascot is called Lynx. Its athletic teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

    Lincoln College offers bachelor degree programs in 10 majors and 6 minors in addition to 2 associate degree programs. It also offers accelerated 8 bachelor degree programs and specialized transfer program in agreement with University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Environmental and Consumer Sciences, St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and University of Saint Francis. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Lincoln School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Lincoln Alumni

    • Matt Hughes

      Professional Sports

      former wrestler and professional mixed martial artist

    • Edward Madigan

      Politics & Law

      former U.S. Congressman

    • Albert R. Taylor

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of the Kansas State Normal School

    • Stephen Mandel

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    • Bruce A. Block

      Entertainment & Arts

      Hollywood director


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    Loyola University Chicago

    Chicago, Illinois

    Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
    • 16,437 Total Students
    • 71% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 21,555 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic research university established in 1870 by Jesuit priest and educator Fr. Arnold Damen as an institute for male students. It is currently considered as one of the largest catholic universities in the United States and one of the major contributors to the economy of Chicago. In 1909, the school name was changed to Loyola University and moved three years later to its current campus. The university established another downtown campus in 1914. The Water Tower campus was established in 1949 while the Rome campus was opened in 1960. The university became fully coeducational in 1966. It became independent of the Jesuits in 1970 and is administered by a board of trustees since then. In 1991, Loyola University purchased the Mundelein College. In 2005, the Rome Campus was renamed in honor of Director Emeritus John P. Felice. Four years later, the university received a 100 acre-estate gift called the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens from the Cuneo Foundation at a value of $50 million. The estate is located in Vernon Hills. In 2010, Loyola purchased the Resurrection Retreat Center in Woodstock as the school’s fifth campus.

    Lake Shore Campus is the main residential campus for the students with more than 40 buildings including several landmarks as the Madonna della Strada Chapel, the Mundelein Center which is a national historic landmark and the Joseph J. Gentile Arena. The official colors of the university are maroon and gold while its mascot is called Lu Wolf. Its athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I National Championships.

    The University consists of 11 colleges and schools including Quinlan School of Business, Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Saint Joseph College Seminary and Arrupe College in addition to the graduate school. The university is currently ranked among the top 100 universities according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report and among the 50 “Best Value” colleges.

    LUC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1870
    • NicknameRamblers
    • MascotLu Wolf
    • MottoAd majorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.For the greater glory of God
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – MVC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous LUC Alumni

    • Robert A Wild, S.J.

      Education & Advocacy

      former President of Marquette University

    • Daniel Cronin

      Politics & Law

      State Senator from Illinois

    • William M. Daley

      Politics & Law

      President Obama's White House Chief of Staff

    • Richard Kiley

      Entertainment & Arts

      Emmy-winning actor, singer and narrator

    • Jennifer N. Pritzker

      Business & Industry

      billionaire, and former co-owner of The Marmon Group


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    MacMurray College

    Jacksonville, Illinois

    • 570 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 22% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 959 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    MacMurray College is a four year private college focusing on professional education. The college was established in 1846 by a group of Methodist clergymen with affiliation to the United Methodist Church. It was initially named the Illinois Conference Female Academy and was among the first female institutes in the United States. The first class started at the college two years later. The name of the institute was changed several times. In 1851, the college was renamed Illinois Conference Female College followed by changing its name to Illinois Female College and Illinois Woman’s College in 1863 and 1899, respectively. In 1930, its name was changed again to MacMurray College for Women in honor of the Illinois state senator James E. MacMurray whose participation as a college trustee led to significant increase in the college’s facilities and endowment. In 1955, the college administration decided to establish a coordinate institution for men. Both institutes merged into a single coeducational college with its current name.

    MacMurray campus covers 60 acres in Jacksonville, Illinois with several distinctive buildings including Kathryn Hall, the McClelland Dining Hall, the Annie Merner Chapel, the Henry Pfieffer Library, Julian Chemistry, the Putnam Center for the Arts, the William H. Springer Center for Music, the Education Complex and the Gordon Facilities building. The campus also offers five residence halls which are Kendall, Norris, Michalson, Rutledge and Jane Halls. In 2011, the college was damaged by flooding with damages estimated to value $2 Million. The official colors of the college are scarlet and navy while its mascot is called the Highlander. Its athletic teams compete in the NCAA’s Division III as part of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

    MacMurray offers bachelor and associate degree programs in 15 majors and 13 minors in addition to 11 pre-professional and 2 associate degree programs. The college also offered several online degree programs starting 2014. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    MacMurray School Facts

    • Years Estd.1846
    • MascotHighlander
    • ColorsScarlet and navy
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous MacMurray Alumni

    • Elaine Alquist

      Politics & Law

      California State Senator

    • Cat Zingano

      Professional Sports

      professional mixed martial arts fighter

    • Larry J. McKinney

      Politics & Law

      federal judge at United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

    • Christine Ebersole

      Entertainment & Arts

      two-time Tony Award-winning actress

    • Judy Collins

      Entertainment & Arts

      four-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, musician


  • McKendree University Seal

    McKendree University

    Lebanon, Illinois

    McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois
    • 3,001 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 30% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,904 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    McKendree University is a private higher education institute located in Lebanon, Illinois. It was established in 1828 under the name of Lebanon Seminary The first class started at the college with 72 students in two rented sheds under the supervision of Bishop Edward Raymond Ames. The board of trustees changed the name of the institute in 1830 to McKendree College after getting permission from Bishop William McKendree. Five years later, the college received its charter from the Illinois legislature. A more liberal charter was granted to the college 4 years later which is still governing the college till now. In 2001, the college started fund raising campaign that collected more than $20 million. McKendree achieved the university status in 2007 changing its name to the current name.

    The university campus covers 235 acres in a wooded area. There are several distinctive buildings and facilities on campus as the Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts which was established in 2006 at a value of $10 million which includes 500-seat auditorium. The campus center is the Marion K. Piper Academic Center which is the student union building. Other prominent buildings on campus include Benson Wood, Wildy Hall, Pearsons Hall, Carnegie Hall, Voigt Science Building, Holman Library, Deneen Student Center, Barnett Hall, New Residence Hall West, Piper Academic Center and Clark Hall. Mckendree has several off campus locations in Kentucky and Southern Illinois. The official colors of the university are McK purple and white while its mascot is called Bogey. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Bearcats, compete in NCAA Division II. There are several annual events held on-campus as Bearcat Golf Tournament, Thanksgiving Luncheon and Holiday Tree Lighting.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges and schools offering around 90 undergraduate programs, 6 masters programs and 3 doctoral degree programs. Some programs are also offered online.

    McK School Facts

    • Years Estd.1828 (1828)
    • NicknameBearcats
    • MascotBogey
    • MottoArtium Morum et Religionis Disciplinae
    • Motto Eng.The Disciplines of the Arts, of Morals and of Religion
    • ColorsMcK purple and white
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II - GLVC
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

  • Methodist College Seal

    Methodist College

    Peoria, Illinois

    Methodist College in Peoria, Illinois
    • 606 Total Students
    • 51% Acceptance Rate
    • 30% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 78 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Methodist College is a higher education institute located in Peoria, Illinois. It offers programs in nursing, health sciences, and human services. The college is affiliated to UnityPoint Health. It was established in 1900 as School of Nursing associated with the Deaconess Home and Hospital. It evolved to its current form with the current name 100 years later. The first class was enrolled in the college in 2002 with the first graduate class starting 2 years later. Methodist College is administered by a board consisting of 12 members representing the local community.

    The college aims at preparing students to become generalists for careers in nursing, health science or human services. It offers 6 academic programs granting bachelor and master’s degrees in addition to professional certificates. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Students enrolled at the college are eligible to get federal funds through grant and programs as Federal Stafford Subsidized Loans.

    Methodist School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Midstate College

    Peoria, Illinois

    • 459 Total Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 53% Enrollment Rate
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 19 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Midstate College is a private for-profit higher education institute located in Peoria, Illinois. It was established in 1868 when two commercial schools, which in turn were established in 1857 and 1865, merged into one school. The resulting school was then purchased in 1888 by George W. Brown who was the principal of Jacksonville Business College and was accordingly named Brown’s Business College of Commerce. The college relocated in 1902 to occupy the second and third floors of a newly established building. The ownership of the institute was transferred several times as it was sold in 1913 to Mr. Reed who in turn sold it in 1960 to three partners; A.R. Beard, Don Beard, and Arline H. Bunch. The name of the college was then renamed to Midstate College of Commerce. The college was finally purchased by the Bunch family and the name was changed to the current one. In 1997, the college relocated again to its current campus in West Northmoor Road. Two years later, the college was recognized as a four-year college approved to grant bachelor degrees. Midstate is currently governed by a board of directors consisting of 7 members, 4 of them are from the Bunch family.

    The college states that its mission is to provide quality education that support the development of knowledge and skills and open opportunities to achieve social and technological change. Its campus consists of three buildings including Arline H. Bunch Business Center and R. Dale Bunch Student Center. The college library is called the Barbara Fields Memorial Library.

    Midstate offers 7 bachelor degree programs, 6 associate degree programs and 4 diploma programs. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Midstate School Facts

    • Years Estd.1888
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Millikin University Seal

    Millikin University

    Decatur, Illinois

    Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois
    • 2,152 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,540 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Millikin University is a private coeducational higher education institute for liberal arts. It was established in 1901. The university adopts an educational philosophy that aims at combining learning with practicing. It also aims at motivating the students to implement the knowledge they got through internships, establishing private businesses or participating in teaching the students. The university states that in 2016, its employment rate reached 99% within 6 months of the graduation of the students.

    The university states that its mission is to “deliver the promise of education” through involvement in real projects. Millikin campus is located in Decatur, Illinois covering 75 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including ADM-Scovill Hall, Dolson Hall, Gorin Hall, Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Perkinson Music Center, Pilling Chapel, Richards Treat University Center, Shilling Hall, Bartlett Tennis Courts, Griswold Physical Education Center and Workman Family Softball Field. Facilities for fine and performing arts include Albert Taylor Theatre, Birks Museum, Kirkland Fine Arts Center and Pilling Chapel. The campus also offers 15 housing halls including Aston Hall, Blackburn Hall, Dolson Hall and Walker Hall. Its library, which is called Staley Library, has a total area of 40,000 square feet divided into 4 floors. The university has undergoing renovation plans including several facilities as Frank M. Lindsay Track & Field. The official colors of the university are blue and white. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed big blue, compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin as members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges in addition to the interdepartmental and graduate programs. It offers an accelerated degree programs called PACE in addition to English/ESL programs. Millikin is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in addition to specialized accreditation from other organizations.

    Millikin School Facts

    • Years Estd.1901
    • MottoIn His Plenitudo Vis
    • ColorsBlue & White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous Millikin Alumni

    • Herbert D. Ryman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Disney artists, imagineer, and chief designer of the Cinderella Castle

    • Sid Gepford

      Professional Sports

      former NFL player

    • Douglas R. Oberhelman

      Business & Industry

      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc.

    • Thomas W. Ewing

      Politics & Law

      former United States Congressman

    • James Benton Parsons

      Politics & Law

      the first African American to serve as a US Federal District Judge


  • Moody Bible Institute Seal

    Moody Bible Institute

    Chicago, Illinois

    Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois
    • 3,922 Total Students
    • 68% Acceptance Rate
    • 70% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,061 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Moody Bible Institute (MBI) is a private Christian higher education institute located in Chicago, Illinois. It was established in 1886 by the evangelist and businessman Dwight Lyman Moody. It was initially named the Chicago Evangelization Society before changing its name to the current one in 1899 after the death of its founder. The institute faced since this time significant financial difficulties. It sought the help of Henry Parsons Crowell for financial reorganization of the institute with weekly meetings that continued for more than 40 years to monitor its financial status.

    Moody states that its mission is to prepare students for full time ministries either in the churches or other organizations. The main campus of the institute is located in Chicago and offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Moon Building, Crowell Hall, Moughton Hall, Solhelm Center and Beckman Field. Additionally, the institute has a branch campus in Spokane, Washington offering undergraduate programs and another campus in Plymouth, Michigan offering graduate programs. The official colors of the institute are blue and white while its mascot is called Archers. Its athletic teams compete in National Christian College Athletic Association.

    The institute offers 34 bachelor degree programs which are all offered at Chicago Campus. Additionally, there is a graduate program granting Masters of Arts degree. Several undergraduate programs.

    Moody School Facts

    • Years Estd.1886
    • MascotArchers
    • MottoStudy to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II & Division III
    • Religious AffiliationInterdenominational

  • Morthland College Seal

    Morthland College

    West Frankfort, Illinois

    • 100 Total Students
    • 47% Acceptance Rate
    • 49% Enrollment Rate
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 196 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Morthland College is a non-profit private Christian higher education institute. It was established in 2009 by Dr. Tim Morthland.  In 2010, the college received approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The college operated at its offices in downtown West Frankfort while classes were planned to be held at the community high school, library and park district buildings. The first class started two years later and consisted of 11 students. In 2012, the college started its athletic division which included five sports. At the same year, the college purchased the historic Elks building which was built in 1923 and consists of 5 stories covering 1,500 square meters. In the following year, the college received candidate status from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and then received full accreditation in the following year. In 2017, the college faced serious financial problems which became public by the sudden resignation of its president. The college became later subject to state investigation and was accordingly fined $2 million for breaching fiduciary duty. The investigation also resulted in revoking the accessibility of the college students to federal financial aids. It also received letters from the accrediting agencies indicating that the investigation may lead to terminating the operation of the college.

    The college campus is located West Frankfort, Illinois. The official colors of the college are forest green and crimson. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed patriots, compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

    The college offers undergraduate programs in 5 majors and 5 minors. There are also several online courses offered by the college.

    Morthland School Facts

    • Years Estd.2009
    • NicknamePatriots
    • MottoLux Beneficium Veritas
    • Motto Eng.Light, Service, and Truth
    • ColorsForrest Green, Crimson
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCCAA (D-I Mid-East),
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • National Louis University Seal

    National Louis University

    Chicago, Illinois

    National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois
    • 4,384 Total Students
    • 81% Acceptance Rate
    • 41% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 243 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    National Louis University is a private higher education institute that is located near Chicago, Illinois. It was established in 1886 by Elizabeth Harrison with the aim of training kindergarten teachers in support of the early childhood education movement. The requirements for the admission to the college became later a model for other colleges across the United States. In 1887, the college name was changed to Chicago Kindergarten College. In 1893, the college emphasized its role in supporting early childhood education movement by publishing Harrison’s book that was entitled “The Kindergarten as an Influence in Modern Civilization”. In 1912, the name was changed again to the National Kindergarten and Elementary College. It relocated in the following year to South Michigan Avenue before moving again to Evanston, Illinois in 1926. Four years later, the college was renamed the National College of Education. In 1920s, the college received the Nobel Prize shared with Jane Addams for their role in providing education to poor immigrant people at Hull House. In 1956, the college established its graduate programs granting masters and doctoral degrees. The name of the college was changed to National Louis College in honor of Michael W. Louis whose support to the college was crucial in the transition to the university status. In 2006, the college closed its campus and relocated to its current campus in Skokie, Illinois. In the period between 2011 and 2013, the college applied a cost reduction plan that resulted in reducing the faculty members and closing several academic programs and 14 academic programs.

    The university currently operates 6 campuses, five of them are located in Illinois and the remaining one located in Florida. The official colors of the university are platinum and blue.

    The university is divided into three colleges. The college has partnership agreement with College of DuPage to offer bachelor degree by studying at both institutes.

    National Louis School Facts

    • Years Estd.1886
    • MottoSapientia Dignitas Temperanta
    • Motto Eng.Wisdom Dignity Judgement
    • ColorsPlatinum and blue
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous National Louis Alumni

    • Richard Davidson

      Business & Industry

      President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate

    • Linda Holmes

      Politics & Law

      Illinois State Senator

    • John Morikis

      Business & Industry

      CEO of the Sherwin-Williams Company

    • Rodney Parker

      Professional Sports

      professional American football player for Philadelphia Eagles

    • Jean B. Bingham

      Social Advocacy & Service

      President of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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    National University of Health Sciences

    Lombard, Illinois

    • 682 Total Students
    • 6 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    National University of Health Sciences is a private non-profit higher education institute offering undergraduate and graduate programs in chiropractic and naturopathic medicine. The institute was established in 1906 by John Fitz Allen Howard and was initially named National School of Chiropractic. It was originally located in Davenport, Iowa until it relocated two years after its establishment to Chicago. College relocation aimed at providing more competitive academic environment as well as access to anatomical study of cadavers at Cook County Hospital. The college then received its charter from the State of Illinois. In 1920, the college expanded by relocating to a five-story building at N. Ashland. Its name was also changed at the same year to “The National College of Chiropractic”. In 1927, the college founded its first clinic under the name “Chicago General Health Service”. The clinic continued to operate till it was closed in 2008. The college was recognized in 1942 as a non-profit research and educational institute. In 1963, the college relocated to its current location before merging 5 years later with the Chiropractic Institute of New York. In 2000, the college was restructured to achieve the university status changing its name to the current one. The university started offering doctoral degree in chiropractic medicine at the St. Petersburg College campus through a partnership agreement.

    The university campus is located in Lombard, Illinois with several distinctive buildings including Howard-Schulze Building, Janse Hall, Buchholz Hall, Tieszen Hall, Turek Hall and Lincoln Hall. The official colors of the university are maroon and goldenrod while its mascot is the Eagle.

    The university is divided into 3 colleges including Lincoln College of Postgraduate & Continuing Education. It offers a bachelor degree program, 4 master’s degree programs and 2 doctoral degree programs. It is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.

    National School Facts

    • Years Estd.1906
    • NicknameNational, NUHS, National University
    • MascotEagle
    • MottoEsse Quam Vederi
    • ColorsMaroon and Goldenrod
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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    North Park University

    Chicago, Illinois

    North Park University in Chicago, Illinois
    • 3,159 Total Students
    • 49% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,901 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    North Park University is a private higher education institute located in Chicago, Illinois. The university was established in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. Classes were held temporarily at Skogsbergh School. In 1894, the school was relocated to Chicago close to the Swedish-American villages and the newly established Swedish Covenant Hospital. At the same year, the first building on-campus was established and the school was named North Park School. The school was later named North Park Junior College operating as a 2 year college. In 1958, North Park became a four year college changing its name to North Park College. It finally got its current name in 1997. North Park is currently an intercultural university; however, it keeps its Swedish American heritage and close ties to the Evangelical Covenant Church.

    The university campus offers several distinctive buildings including Sohlberg Hall, Ohlson House, Burgh Hall, Anderson Hall, Brandel Library, Nyvall Hall/Isaacson Chapel, Hanson Hall, Caroline Hall, Wilson Hall, Hamming Hall, Carlson Tower, Magnuson Campus Center and Helwig Recreation Center. The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The official colors of the university are blue and yellow while its mascot is called Viking. The university produces several publications including the Vista Magazine, the North Branch and the Spectrum. North Park still keeps its Swedish-American traditions including the Saint Lucy’s Day festival which is held annually at Anderson Chapel. Additionally, the university has exchange programs with Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskolaand Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden.

    The university is divided into an undergraduate college, a seminary and 5 schools. It offers more than 90 undergraduate and 58 graduate programs granting bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.

    North Park School Facts

    • Years Estd.1891
    • MascotViking
    • MottoPreparing Students for Lives of Significance and Service
    • ColorsBlue and Yellow
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III
    • Religious AffiliationEvangelical Covenant Church of America

    Famous North Park Alumni

    • Carl Hawkinson

      Politics & Law

      state legislator

    • Paul Carlson

      Politics & Law

      American missionary killed in Congo

    • Jonnie Stewart

      Professional Sports

      retired professional wrestler

    • Mike Harper

      Professional Sports

      basketball player

    • Jonnie Stewart

      Professional Sports

      retired professional wrestler


  • Northeastern Illinois University Seal

    Northeastern Illinois University

    Chicago, Illinois

    Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois
    • 9,891 Total Students
    • 67% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,499 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public university that is recognized federally as Hispanic Serving Institution. The university was established in 1949 as a branch for Chicago Teachers College which is currently known as Chicago State University. It was located in the North Side of Chicago till it relocated into its present campus in 1961. The college changed its name 4 years later to “Illinois Teachers’ College: Chicago North” when the university became under the control of Illinois State. In 1967, the name of the college was changed to “Northeastern Illinois State College” following an act passed by the Illinois Legislature to remove “teachers college” from the names of all state colleges and universities. The college finally achieved the university status in 1971 changing its name to the current one. The university became completely independent in 1996 establishing its own board of trustees. Housing became available on campus only in 2016.

    NEIU states that its mission is to provide excellent educational environment to prepare a diverse community of students for leadership and service in the local environment and the world. The university campus is located in Chicago, Illinois covering 67 acres. It includes 21 buildings. Prominent buildings on campus including Bernard Brommel Hall, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, NEIU-El Centro, Jerome M. Sachs Administrative Building, Lech Walesa Hall, Ronald Williams Library, Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center and the Nest. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Golden Eagles, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. The official colors of the university are gold and blue.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges including Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. It offers 38 academic programs granting bachelor and master’s degrees. The university operates Angelina Pedroso Center which focuses on Diversity and Intercultural Affairs. NEIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in addition to specialized accreditation from 7 organizations for specific programs.

    NEIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1949
    • NicknameGolden Eagles
    • MottoExcellence. Access. Diversity. Community.
    • ColorsGold and Blue
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NEIU Alumni

    • Bob Biggins

      Politics & Law

      member of the Illinois House of Representatives

    • Prince Nguyen Phuc Buu Chanh

      Politics & Law

      President of the Vietnamese Constitutional Monarchist League

    • Alan Hargesheimer

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball player

    • Iris Y. Martinez

      Politics & Law

      Illinois State Senator

    • Tim McIlrath

      Entertainment & Arts

      singer of Rise Against


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    Northern Illinois University

    Dekalb, Illinois

    Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois
    • 20,130 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 17,099 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research institute located in DeKalb, Illinois. It was established in 1895 as Northern Illinois State Normal School. The school was established by the state governor John P. Altgeld during the expansion of the state educational system to prepare college educated teachers. In 1917, the Illinois Senate decided to merge the board of trustees of the 5 state normal schools at that time into a single board of trustees. In 1921, the college got approval to award 4-year bachelor degrees changing its name to “Northern Illinois State Teachers College”. Twenty years later, the governing board changed its name to the Teachers College Board. In 1951, the college started offering graduate degree programs. The college changed its name again in 1955 to “Northern Illinois State College”. It was finally recognized as a liberal arts college in 1957 changing its name to the current one. In 1996, the university became an independent institute governed by a seperate board of trustees. In 2017, the university appointed its first female acting president.

    The university is located in a university town covering 945 acres. The campus contains 64 major buildings Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, Holmes Student Center, Adams Hall, Altgeld Hall, Oderkirk House, Williston Hall, Cole Hall, Davis Hall and DuSable Hall. It also offers 14 residence halls including Gilbert Hall in addition to Grant Towers North and South. Additionally, the university has four branch campuses; the Lorado Taft Field Campus, Rockford Campus, Rockford Campus and the Naperville Campus. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Huskies, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Mid-American Conference. The official colors of the university are cardinal and black.

    The university is divided into 7 colleges offering bachelor, master’s and doctoral degree programs. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    NIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1895
    • NicknameHuskies
    • ColorsCardinal and Black
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NIU Alumni

    • John Dunn

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Western Michigan University

    • Wood Harris

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor who participated in Remember the Titans and The Wire

    • Ralph de la Vega

      Business & Industry

      CEO, AT&T Mobility

    • Doug Free

      Professional Sports

      NFL player

    • Tammy Duckworth

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Senator from Illinois


  • Northwestern University Seal

    Northwestern University

    Evanston, Illinois

    Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
    • 21,655 Total Students
    • 13% Acceptance Rate
    • 48% Enrollment Rate
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 32,122 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northwestern University is a private research university with its main campus located in Evanston, Illinois. The university was established in 1851 by John Evans with eight other lawyers, businessmen and Methodist leaders. It started offering classes in 1855 for male students only. In 1869, the university became a coeducational institute with the first female students graduating five years later. In 1873, the Evanston College for Ladies merged with the university. In 1933, the university declined a proposal to merge with the University of Chicago. In 1939, Northwestern participated in the first ever NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship game. The university was significantly affected by the Great Depression which forced the administration to take critical decisions including salary cuts as well as hiring and building freeze. In 2008, the university established an international campus in the Education City in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern is the only private university that is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The university has the 10th largest endowment in the United States at a value over $10 billion.

    The university operates a main campus in Evanston and a branch campus in Chicago. The main campus covers 240 acres including 150 buildings. Important buildings on campus include the Charles Deering Library which was Northwestern main library till opening the University Library in 1970. The oldest building remaining on campus is the University Hall. Other important buildings include the Dearborn Observatory which was built in 1888 and moved in 1939 to allow the construction of the Technological Institute. The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Big Ten Conference. The official colors of the university are purple and white while its mascot is called Willie the Wildcat.

    The university is divided into 7 schools offering 124 undergraduate programs and 145 professional and graduate programs. It grants bachelor, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees.

    NW School Facts

    • Years Estd.1851
    • NicknameWildcats
    • MascotWillie the Wildcat
    • MottoQuaecumque sunt vera (Latin) _ _____ ______ _______ ___ ________ — Ho logos pleres charitos kai aletheias (Greek)
    • Motto Eng.Whatsoever things are true (Philippians 4:8 AV) The word full of grace and truth (Gospel of John 1:14)
    • ColorsPurple
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – Big Ten
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NW Alumni

    • Madeleine Wing Adler

      Education & Advocacy

      President of West Chester University

    • Warren Beatty

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award-winning actor, writer and director

    • Bill Cook

      Business & Industry

      billionaire founder and owner of the Cook Group

    • Alfred Steele

      Business & Industry

      former CEO of Pepsi-Cola

    • Harold Washington

      Politics & Law

      first African-American mayor of Chicago


  • Olivet Nazarene University Seal

    Olivet Nazarene University

    Bourbonnais, Illinois

    • 4,892 Total Students
    • 77% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,133 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Olivet Nazarene University is a private Christian higher education institute for liberal arts. It was established in 1907 under the name of “Miss Mary Nesbitt’s grammar school” and operated initially in a house in Georgetown, Illinois. In the following year, the school purchased 14 acres to establish its campus in Olivet village. In 1909, the school got its charter as a liberal arts college under the name of Illinois Holiness University. In 1912, the college became affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. In 1915, the name of the college was changed to Olivet University before being changed again in 1921 to Olivet College. The college faced significant financial problems that finally forced them to declare bankruptcy in 1926. It was then purchased by the school’s treasurer, T. W. Willingham through an auction. Willingham was elected as the school president. In 1939, the school faced another tragedy when its main building was completely destroyed by fire. Accordingly, the school moved in the following year to the former campus of St. Viator’s College. At the same time, the name of the college was changed to Olivet Nazarene College before finally gaining its current name in 1986.

    The university states that its mission is to help students integrate faith and learning. The university campus is currently located in the village of Bourbonnais, Illinois covering 250 acres. It contains 30 buildings, 4 of them originally belonged to St. Viator College which are Miller Business Center, Chapman Hall, Burke Administration, and Birchard Gymnasium. The campus offers six residence halls in addition to several off-campus apartment buildings. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed the Tigers, compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as members of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

    The university is divided into 5 colleges and schools. It offers 67 undergraduate degree programs in addition to masters and doctoral degree programs. Some programs are also offered online or at a satellite campus located in Hong Kong. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1956.

    ONU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1907
    • NicknameTigers
    • MascotToby the Tiger
    • MottoGratia et Veritas
    • ColorsPurple and Gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • Athletics15 Varsity TeamsNAIA Division 2
    • Religious AffiliationChurch of the Nazarene

    Famous ONU Alumni

    • Ben Heller

      Professional Sports

      baseball player for the New York Yankees

    • Sia Furler

      Entertainment & Arts

      Australian singer-songwriter, record producer and music video director

    • R. Wayne Gardner

      Education & Advocacy

      notable Nazarene minister and president emeritus of Eastern Nazarene College

    • John C. Bowling

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Olivet Nazarene University

    • Mike Overy

      Professional Sports

      former baseball player for the California Angels


  • Principia College Seal

    Principia College

    Elsah, Illinois

    Principia College in Elsah, Illinois
    • 460 Total Students
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 66% Enrollment Rate
    • 6 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 159 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Principia College (Prin) is a private college of liberal arts located in Elsah, Illinois. The college was established in 1912 by Mary Kimball Morgan with the aim of serving the Cause of Christian Science. It got its current name in the year following its establishment. The first high school class graduated in 1906 when it was recognized as a junior college. In 1923, the college received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. In 1931, the college established a new college campus in Elsah, Illinois. In 1934, the college graduated its first class as a four-year college. In the following year, the college moved to its current location. In 1993, part of the college campus covering 300 acres was designated as a National Historic Landmark. In 2018, the college campus was selected by the American Institute of Architects among the Illinois 200 Great Places.

    The college has a large rural campus covering 2,500 acres. Prominent facilities on campus include Anderson Hall, Beeman Cottage, Brooks House, Clara McNabb House, Coach Crafton Athletic Center, Davis-Merrick Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson House and Gehner House. The campus offers 10 residential halls to the students. The college athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Their mascot is the Panther while their colors are blue and gold.

    The college offers 27 undergraduate majors in the liberal arts and science. The college is not officially affiliated with the Church of Christ, Scientist  but the Christian Science is important component of its community. Students enrolled at the university may get financial support through one of the scholarships offered by the university as Arthur F. Schulz Jr. Alumni Scholarship.

    Prin School Facts

    • Years Estd.1912
    • MascotPanther, Thunder Chicken (Rugby)
    • MottoAs The Sowing, The Reaping
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Prin Alumni

    • Candy Crowley

      Politics & Law

      CNN political correspondent

    • Robert Duvall

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award for Best Actor winner

    • John H. Rousselot

      Politics & Law

      United States Congressman from California

    • Jonathan Gibbs

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award-winning digital animator

    • Ngozi Mwanamwambwa

      Professional Sports

      1st woman to compete for Zambia at an Olympics


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    Quincy University

    Quincy, Illinois

    • 1,293 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,553 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Quincy University (QU) is a Catholic Franciscan higher education institute located in Quincy, Illinois. The university was established in 1860 by a group of German Franciscan friars. It was initially located at 8th and Maine Street and was named St. Francis Solanus College. In 1871, the college was relocated to a campus northeast of Quincy’s city center. It got its charter 2 years later from the state of Illinois. The name of the college was changed in 1917 to Quincy College and Seminary. The college started admitting female student in 1932. The name was shortened in 1970 to Quincy College after the closure of the seminary. It finally got its current name in 1993 when it started offering graduate degree programs. In 2016, the university was facing significant financial issues as it was $5 million in debt. It was able to overcome his situation through the help of major donors.

    The university campus offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Francis Hall, Brenner Library, Hawks’ Hangout, Padua Hall and Friars’ Hall. Quincy athletic teams, who are nicknamed Hawks, compete in NCAA Division II with the men’s volleyball competing in the Division I. the teams are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The official colors of the university are brown and white.

    The university is divided into 6 divisions and schools. It offers several undergraduate programs and master’s degree programs. The university is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is member of the National Catholic Education Association of American Colleges. The college also offers online bachelor degree program in partnership with the Learning House Incorporation.

    QU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1860
    • MascotHawks
    • ColorsBrown and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous QU Alumni

    • Rick Hummel

      Professional Sports

      hall of fame baseball writer

    • Zoe Nicholson

      Social Advocacy & Service

      equality activist, speaker and writer

    • Richard O. Ryan

      Business & Industry

      former president and COO of DeKalb Corporation

    • Francis G. Slay

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of St. Louis, Missouri

    • Scott L. Thoele

      U.S. Army National Guard general


  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Seal

    Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

    Carbondale, Illinois

    Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois
    • 17,292 Total Students
    • 81% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,667 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    SIU is a public institute and a research university which had its beginning in year 1869. It was founded as Southern Illinois Normal College and was the second teachers college in the entire state. When it began the college had 12 academic departments to it but it wasn’t until 1948 that it started to expand into other academic disciplines adding law, medicine and others to its curriculum.

    The university has its campuses in two locations in Illinois; its campus in Carbondale, Illinois is its flagship campus. With its mission to disseminate knowledge and research, the institute aims to contribute to progressive global communities. It is also among the institute’s ranked with having ‘High research activity’.

    At Southern Illinois University-Carbondale students find a range of activities from going beyond the classrooms walls to also going beyond the campus and witnessing adventure. At the campus, there is the ‘Student Center’ which acts as the hub of student activities where students gather for dining, gaming, be involved in crafts or just be part of the events organised by the center. For further integration into the campus life, there are over 150 registered student organisations which offer variety of interests. Students also benefit from leadership development programs which are considered essential in character formation and professional achievements. There is Leadership Honor Society and Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI), and also workshops, conferences and ambassador programs which add to the development. Being involved in community issues, understanding societies and cultures as well as serving them also makes an important part of campus life. There is service-learning and also volunteerism by partnering with local non profits and working on various projects and causes. There are also recreation opportunities; students take part in camping and also in sports and athletics. The teams are called ‘Salukis’ and compete at NCAA Division I and FCS. Its official colors are Maroon and White.

    Academic programs consist of undergraduate programs with over 200 majors and minors, over 60 Masters degree programs and over 35 Doctoral degree programs. Its notable facilities are Morris Library and Pulliam Hall.

    SIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1869
    • NicknameSalukis
    • MascotSaluki
    • MottoDeo Volente ("God willing")
    • ColorsMaroon and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous SIU Alumni

    • Joan E. Higginbotham

      Science & Medicine

      Astronaut

    • Kenny Troutt

      Business & Industry

      Founder of telecommunications company, Excel Communications

    • Hannibal Buress

      Entertainment & Arts

      Stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer

    • Steve James

      Entertainment & Arts

      Documentary director and producer of Sundance award winning Hoop Dreams and Stevie

    • Darryl Jones

      Entertainment & Arts

      Bassist of The Rolling Stones

    • Donald McHenry

      Politics & Law

      United States ambassador to the United Nations, from 1979 to 1981

    • Kathleen Vinehout

      Politics & Law

      Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate representing the 31st district, since 2007

    • Jason Ervin

      Politics & Law

      Chicago Alderman for the 28th ward

    • Duane Kuiper

      Professional Sports

      Former Major League Baseball second baseman; also announcer and commentator for EA Sports baseball video games

    • Steven Alexander

      Education & Advocacy

      Best selling author and clinical counselor

    • Andrea Beaty

      Entertainment & Arts

      Award-winning children's author; works include Iggy Peck, Architect, Dr. Ted, Cicada Summer, and Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies


  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Seal

    Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

    Edwardsville, Illinois

    Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois
    • 14,265 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,786 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    SIUE is a public higher education institute that traces its history to that of its flagship Southern Illinois University, which goes back to year 1869. The university began as a normal college but later expanded beyond teacher training and education, adding medicine, law and others by year 1948. With further expansion, the institute also extended its physical outreach.

    This of its campus based in Edwardsville, Illinois was founded in year 1957. With its progressive approach towards education, the campus offers a learning environment which fosters knowledge, innovation and ideas for global approach to solutions.

    At the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, the opportunities provided to students range from student organisations to participation in the community beyond the campus to integrating into the campus social life. There are more than 300 student led clubs and organisations which offer not just academics, but also sports, health and wellness, service, spiritual, religious and more. Besides these, students also find many social activities and programs such as orientations, summit, summer camp, community service and more, which help them form lasting relationships. Inter culture development and diversity is also an important factor at the campus life with students being involved in Alternative Spring Break trip or celebrating International Nights. The campus holds many other entertainment and traditional events such as Homecoming, Family Weekend, Dance Marathon, Up ‘Til Dawn, Relay for Life etc. Creativity and arts is also celebrated through arts performances including theatre, music shows, gallery exhibits etc. Being professionally successful is also important and so the campus holds career fairs connecting students with potential employers and vice versa. For physical activity, students find wall climbing and many other sports and athletics on campus. The teams are called ‘Cougars’ and compete at NCAA Division I. The campus colors are Red and White and the mascot is ‘Eddie the Cougar’.

    Academic offerings at the Edwardsville campus include 55+ Bachelors degree programs, over 60 graduate programs including Masters and certificates and 11 Doctoral programs. Its notable facilities are Dunham Hall, Morris University Center , Rendleman Hall , Peck Hall, Lovejoy Library and few more.

    SIUE School Facts

    • Years Estd.1957
    • NicknameCougars
    • MascotEddie the Cougar
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous SIUE Alumni

    • Fernando Aguirre

      Business & Industry

      Former president of Chiquita Brands International

    • Jenny Bindon

      Professional Sports

      Goalkeeper for the New Zealand Women's Football Team in FIFA Women's World Cup, 2007 and 2011

    • Pete Delkus

      Science & Medicine

      Meteorologist at WFAA, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

    • Ken Flach

      Professional Sports

      Wimbledon and US Open doubles winner; also Olympic gold medalist; 3-time NCAA Division II tennis singles champion

    • Thelma Mothershed-Wair

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Educator and civil rights figure; also member of the Little Rock Nine and the Congressional Gold Medal recipient

    • Walter Kross

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Retired General at USAF; also former Commander of Scott Air Force Base

    • Daniel A. Vallero

      Science & Medicine

      Author, research scientist and adjunct professor of engineering at Duke University

    • Paul Wight

      Professional Sports

      Professional wrestler known as "The Big Show"; also an actor

    • Ed Schieffer

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Missouri House of Representatives, 11th DIstrict

    • Paul J. Galeski

      Business & Industry

      Chairman & CEO of Maverick Technologies


  • Trinity Christian College Seal

    Trinity Christian College

    Palos Heights, Illinois

    • 1,320 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 861 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Trinity Christian College is a higher education institute of liberal arts located in Palos Heights, Illinois. The college was established in 1956 by a group of businessmen to offer Christian higher education programs in a Reformed tradition to students with in Illinois. The college board of trustees held their first meeting in 1959 and decided to purchase the Navajo Hills Golf Course in suburban Palos Heights to establish the college campus. Trinity started its classes in the same year as a 2-year college with 37 students and 5 staff members. In 1966, the college started its reorganization to become a 4-year college. It awarded the first baccalaureate degree five years later. The college started in 1999 offering the Adult Studies Accelerated Program. In 2001, the college opened the Martin and Janet Ozinga Chapel which hosts a 46-rank pipe organ and 1,189-seat auditorium.

    Trinity has suburban campus covering130 acres. It has several prominent buildings including the Heritage Science Center, and the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center. The campus also includes the Art and Communication Center which hosts the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre. The college athletic teams, who are nicknamed the Trolls, compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

    Originally, Trinity focused on English, history, theology and philosophy. It currently offers 25 undergraduate and 3 master’s degree programs. Additionally, it offers 5 accelerated adult programs. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Council for Independent Colleges. Trinity is commonly ranked among the top tier colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. There are several scholarships offered by the college that may provide financial support to enrolled students including Lynndell & Russell Hollender Organ Scholarship and Mitchell Memorial Scholarship.

    Trnty School Facts

    • Years Estd.1959
    • NicknameTrolls
    • MascotTroll
    • ColorsNavy Blue, Columbia Blue
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball
    • Religious AffiliationInterdenominational

  • Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences

    Rock Island, Illinois

    • 271 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 67% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Trinity is a private higher education institute that offers education in the field of health sciences. The beginning of the college goes back to three institutes in the field of nursing and health sciences: Moline Public School of Nursing, founded in 1898, St. Anthony’s Hospital School of Nursing founded in 1899 and the Lutheran Hospital offering School for Nurses founded in 1916.

    The three institutes merged over the time, being renamed and reformed until taking its current shape and name in 2003. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is based in Rock Island, Illinois. Understanding the changing needs for patient care and discovery in the health sciences, the college likewise prepares its students from a global perspective.

    The students who find themselves as part of the Trinity campus life enjoy their time at the college with plenty of opportunities through extracurricular activities. There are student clubs and committees that allow students to be actively engaged in the campus life while also getting to learn skills and interact with each other. The students find professional honor societies to be part of and there is also the Student Nurses Association which helps students with similar interest pursue their learning while also forming professional connections outside of classroom environment. Students also take part in the Student Government Association whereby they work with one another through team building and also voicing their concerns, as well as grievances. Besides these, the students are also provided with extra support to help achieve the goals. Students are provided with tutoring services if they face difficulty in academic areas. There are also counselling programs which help students cope with stress, help with time management or deal with any other personal or academic problems. The college’s career services department helps students find meaningful work and plan to achieve career goals during their academic journey.

    Academic programs at Trinity consist of two Associate degree programs, two Bachelors degree programs and a Masters degree program. Its notable facilities are Jardine Center and Harriet Olson Learning Lab.

    Trinity School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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    Trinity International University

    Deerfield, Illinois

    • 2,237 Total Students
    • 66% Acceptance Rate
    • 39% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 561 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Trinity International University (TIU) is a Christian liberal arts higher education institute located in Deerfield, Illinois.  Deerfield, Illinois. Trinity International University was established as a result of the merge between the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America and the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy in the period between 1946 and 1949. The Swedish Institute was established in 1897 as a department of the Moody Bible Institute. In 1925, it became an independent institute. On the other hand, the Norwegian institute was established in 1910 in Rushford, Minnesota. It later moved to Minneapolis changing its name to Trinity Seminary and Bible Institute. The merge between the two institutes resulted in the formation of Trinity Seminary and Bible College. In 1961, the college was relocated to Bannockburn, Illinois. In the following year, the name of the institute was changed to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity College. Trinity International University was finally formed in 1995 through the merge of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity College in Deerfield and Trinity College in Miami. Two years later, Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California joined the university. In the same year, the graduate school was established.

    Trinity has a suburban campus that offers several prominent facilities including A.T. Olson Chapel, Aldeen Building, Gundersen Building, Carlson Hall, Johnson Hall, Kantzer Wing, Lee Center and Madsen Hall. The university athletic teams compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They are nicknamed Trojans while their official colors are blue and white.

    Trinity offers 39 undergraduate programs in addition to several masters and doctoral degree programs offered by three graduate schools. The university also offers 5 dual bachelor and masters programs. Trinity is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

    TIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1897
    • NicknameTrojans
    • MottoForming students to transform the world through Christ
    • ColorsBlue and white
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNAIA (CCAC)
    • Religious AffiliationEvangelical Free Church of America

    Famous TIU Alumni

    • Ron Butler

      Entertainment & Arts

      television actor and comedian

    • Lazarus Chakwera

      Politics & Law

      President of Malawi Congress Party

    • Herb Coleman

      Professional Sports

      American football player

    • W. Kent Fuchs

      Education & Advocacy

      President of the University of Florida

    • Ravi Zacharias

      Social Advocacy & Service

      President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries


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    University of Chicago

    Chicago, Illinois

    University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
    • 15,391 Total Students
    • 8% Acceptance Rate
    • 61% Enrollment Rate
    • 6 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 30,069 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    University of Chicago is a non-profit private higher education institute located in Chicago, Illinois. The university was established in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society (ABES) as a successor to another institute with the same name that was closed in 1886 after it was damaged by fire. Alumni of the Old University of Chicago were recognized as alumni of the new institute. Establishment was supported by donation of $1,000,000 from ABES and John D. Rockefeller along with a land donated by Marshall Field. In the following year, Old University’s Seminary was moved to the new campus. Classes started two years later on Hyde Park Campus. In 1898, the university established the business school while in 1902 the law school was established. In 1933, plans to merge University of Chicago and Northwestern University into a single institute were unsuccessful. During the World War II, the university participated actively in the Manhattan Project through the university’s Metallurgical Laboratory. In 1962, the university witnessed student protests over the university’s off-campus rental policies which resulted in the issuing the Kalven Report five years later. In 1969, 400 students protests against the dismissal of Prof.  Marlene Dixon. The protest ended after Dixon rejected one-year reappointment offer however, the university expelled 41 students and suspended 81 more. In 2008, the university started establishing the Milton Friedman Institute in the buildings of the Chicago Theological Seminary at the cost of $200 million. In 2014, the university started public fund raising campaign with the aim of raising $4.5 billion.

    The university main campus covers 217 acres with off-campus locations including Warren Woods State Park and Yerkes Observatory. The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of the University Athletic Association. They are nicknamed Maroons while their official colors are maroon and white.

    The university offers undergraduate programs in 51 majors and 33 minors. Additionally, it also operates 5 graduate schools and 7 professional schools including Pritzker School of Medicine

    U of C School Facts

    • Years Estd.1890
    • NicknameMaroons
    • MascotPhoenix
    • MottoCrescat scientia; vita excolatur (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched
    • ColorsMaroon and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – UAA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous U of C Alumni

    • Hastings Banda

      Politics & Law

      President of Malawi

    • James Hormel

      Politics & Law

      United States Ambassador to Luxembourg

    • Melvin Frank

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and screenwriter, A Touch of Class

    • Henry Adkinson

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Browns

    • Bart Becht

      Business & Industry

      CEO of Reckitt Benckiser


  • University of Illinois at Chicago Seal

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Chicago, Illinois

    University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
    • 29,048 Total Students
    • 77% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 15,664 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UIC is a state sponsored higher education institute and a research university which traces its roots to humble beginnings to the Chicago College of Pharmacy, which was founded in 1865. As further healthcare colleges and schools developed and with their education evolved into programs, these all were combined into Chicago Professional Colleges of the University of Illinois.

    By 1961 it was made into a university and based in Chicago, Illinois, it is the largest university in the area, being part of the University of Illinois system. With its programs and excessive intellectual opportunities, the university is on the road to development in its students as well as the larger communities.

    The campus provides two student centers which are the hub of student activities. Students find a huge range of activities like studying in groups, or sitting around, meeting people or holding events, meetings, conferences etc. The Student Affairs department looks after further involvement activities for the students. There are student run organisations which allow greater participation in various interests and the Campus Activities Board which organises events on the campus. Some of the annual events are Cultural Showcase, Black History Month, Friday Night Live and Spark in the Park. For enhancing leadership experience, students run these committees and organisations while also learning these skills through IGNITE Leadership Experience. Another of the intensive development leadership program is the UIC Impact which also engages the students in community service, environment responsibility, global diversity, and research and career development. The university has its radio, theatre, galleries etc which bring arts exhibits and performances. Similarly there is significant amount of recreation at the campus through sports, intramurals, and fitness centers. There are also the athletic teams called ‘Flames’ competing at NCAA Division I; the campus colors are Indigo Blue and Flame Red and the mascot is ‘Sparky D. Dragon’.

    Academic programs offered are 83 Bachelors, 93 Masters and 64 Doctoral degree programs. Its prominent facilities/departments are Jane Addams College of Social Work, James Stukel Towers, Marie Robinson Hall, Thomas Beckham Hall, Lincoln Hall and Richard J. Daley Library.

    UIC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1965 (1965) (predecessor schools earlier)
    • NicknameFlames
    • MascotSparky D. Dragon
    • MottoTeach, research, serve, care.
    • ColorsIndigo blue and Flame red
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – Horizon League
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UIC Alumni

    • Barbara A. Schaal

      Education & Advocacy

      Evolutionary biologist; also Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences

    • Stanley J. Korsmeyer

      Science & Medicine

      Oncologist who helped develop the concepts of the role of programmed cell death in carcinogenesis

    • Curtis Granderson

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball center fielder for the New York Mets; also the finalist for the 2011 American League MVP

    • Corrina Wycoff

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer, best known for her short story collection O Street

    • Carol Moseley Braun

      Politics & Law

      Politician and lawyer; the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate

    • Anuradha Acharya

      Business & Industry

      Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Ocimum Bio Solutions

    • Marc J. Lane

      Business & Industry

      Business and tax attorney, entrepreneur; also founder of the Marc J. Lane Wealth Group

    • Michael Gross

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor, movie and television; best known for his role as Steven Keaton on the 1980s NBC sitcom Family Ties

    • Tom Marshall

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Architect, Award-winner and served on the Memphis City Council for 21 years

    • Nancy Cartwright

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor of philosophy at the London School of Economics and the University of California at San Diego; also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship


  • University of Illinois at Springfield Seal

    University of Illinois at Springfield

    Springfield, Illinois

    University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, Illinois
    • 5,402 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,524 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UIS is a present day university and a public institute that traces its beginning to the year 1960. A group of concerned citizens saw the need for an educational institute and began preparations for setting up one. The Springfield Committee for Higher Education was formed and so Sangamon State University was established by the legislation in 1969 and classes began in year 1970.

    It was in 1995 that SSU was taken over by University of Illinois and came to be known as University of Illinois at Springfield. The university is based in Springfield, Illinois, and offer programs and a learning environment that encourages creative and intellectual pursuit.

    For the students, life at campus of UIS is exciting and filled with opportunities. For better student integration into the campus life, there is the Student Union. The building provides ample of student activity and is the center for students to arrange meetings, hold conferences and organise many other activities. There is also the traditional Student Government Association which works to serve student interests and regulate overall campus welfare. This government body as well as more than 80 other student run organisations and clubs also provide students with a chance to learn leadership qualities and team building skills. With a variety of clubs students find many learning opportunities and activities to be part of. With huge significance on women empowerment, the campus also operates its own Women’s Center which addresses many women issues such as education, health, safety and others. Many other learning and community engagement opportunities exist through workshops, fundraising, conferences and more. The campus also holds events, traditional ones as well which include Family Weekend, Homecoming, Late Nite and others. The university has its athletic teams called the ‘Prairie Stars’ competing at NCAA Division II. The campus colors are White and Deep Navy.

    Academic programs offered at UIS are 31 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s degrees and 1 doctoral program. It also offers more than 1600 online majors. Its notable facility is the Brookens Library.

    UIS School Facts

    • Years Estd.1969
    • MascotPrairie Stars
    • MottoLeadership Lived
    • ColorsDeep Navy and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • Athletics16 varsity teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UIS Alumni

    • Kathy Best

      Education & Advocacy

      Newspaper Reporter and Editor and Pulitzer Prize winner

    • Karen A. Hasara

      Politics & Law

      Former mayor of Springfield, Illinois, and also Illinois state senator

    • Milton J. Nieuwsma

      Entertainment & Arts

      Author; also Emmy-winning filmwriter-producer

    • Cheri Bustos

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Representative, Illinois's 17th district

    • Richard Osborne

      Business & Industry

      Former CEO of Scotsman Industries

    • Mitch Pugh

      Education & Advocacy

      Newspaper Reporter and Editor; also the Pulitzer Prize winner

    • Kimberly Lightford

      Politics & Law

      Current member of the Illinois State Senate

    • Dana Perino

      Politics & Law

      White House Press Secretary for the George W. Bush administration

    • Russell Smith

      Entertainment & Arts

      Movie producer


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Seal

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Champaign, Illinois

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois
    • 45,842 Total Students
    • 66% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 34,277 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Illinois is the member and flagship institute of the University of Illinois system. A public university, it traces its beginnings to the Illinois Industrial University founded in year 1867 under the Morrill Act of 1862. After a year it held its first classes and soon took off expanding greatly its physical facilities and programs.

    It added liberal arts programs and by 1885 was renamed as University of Illinois. The name was changed once again, officially becoming University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in year 1982. It is based in Urbana and Champaign in Illinois, and is a present day institute based on innovation, research and discovery.

    The campus life at Illinois is an exciting pace for the students where they find opportunities for growth and development in a fun and engaging way. Students enjoy being part of and taking part in activities through more than 1400 registered student run clubs and organizations. Besides activities, these along with the Leadership Center also help students with leadership education as well as experience. The student union called the ‘Illini Union’ where students don’t just find involvement activities and events but also a good place to spend time with friends and make lasting connections. The campus also presents community engagement programs through outreach. One unique program is the 4-H Youth development. There is also emphasis on arts and culture through museums, performing arts centers which brings exhibits and many creative performances. There are also plenty of recreational opportunities, along with the university’s athletic teams called ‘Fighting Illini’ competing at NCAA Division I. The official campus colors are Orange and Blue.

    Academic programs at the university consist of 150+ undergraduate programs and 100+ graduate and professional programs. Its notable facilities/departments are Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Harker Hall, Louise Freer Hall; some of which are also registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

    Illinois School Facts

    • Years Estd.1867
    • NicknameFighting Illini
    • MascotNone (2007–present)Chief Illiniwek (1926–2007)
    • MottoLearning and Labor
    • ColorsIllinois blue Illinois orange
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I FBS – Big Ten
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Illinois Alumni

    • Jack Kilby

      Science & Medicine

      Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 2000; also inventor of the integrated circuit

    • Warren Ambrose

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at MIT; considered one of the fathers of modern geometry

    • Lewis Collens

      Education & Advocacy

      Seventh president of Illinois Institute of Technology

    • Barbara Bain

      Entertainment & Arts

      Three consecutive Emmy Awards winner for the role of Cinnamon Carter in Mission: Impossible

    • Roger Young

      Entertainment & Arts

      Emmy Award-winning TV and movie director

    • Henry Bacon

      Science & Medicine

      Architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    • Charles H. Traub

      Entertainment & Arts

      Photographer and educator

    • Martin Eberhard

      Business & Industry

      Co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors

    • Reshma Saujani

      Business & Industry

      Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code

    • Marc Andreessen

      Science & Medicine

      Co-creator of Mosaic; also later co-founded Netscape

    • Ed Boon

      Entertainment & Arts

      Creator of the Mortal Kombat video game series

    • Parisa Tabriz

      Business & Industry

      Head of security at Google Chrome

    • Richmond Lattimore

      Entertainment & Arts

      Poet; also translator of the Iliad and the Odyssey

    • Prentiss M. Brown

      Politics & Law

      United States Senator from Michigan from 1936 to 1943); also U.S. Representative from Michigan from 1933 to 1936


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    Western Illinois University

    Macomb, Illinois

    Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois
    • 11,094 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,877 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    WIU is a public higher education institute that was founded in the year 1899, as the competition over the site for the new institute was settled for by the Illinois legislature. The institute began in a single story and as a teacher training institute, a normal school but soon started to expand seeing the need among the people for education.

    Based in Macomb, Illinois, today Western Illinois University is on a mission to become a socially responsible institute involved in improving the lives of its students, personally as well as professionally.

    The campus life for students enrolled at the university is filled with activities and resources helping them set and achieve their goals. Student participation around the campus plays a huge role in their development, starting with the student-led organizations and the Greek Life where they not only learn and grow but develop networks and socialize. Further student encouragement comes through participation with the Student Government Association, shaping them as leaders. Besides this, leadership programs are offered where students are educated and shaped into one; these are Blue Key – “Serving I Live” and Rocky Unleashed. There is also the University Union Board which allows to students to actively organize events and programs on the campus, all year round; some annual ones are Trivia Night, Family Day, Rocky After Dark: First Night and more. For those interested in serving and interacting off campus as well, there are plenty of volunteering chances through participation with off-campus organizations such as Humane Society of McDonough County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters etc. For physical fitness and enjoyment, there are sport clubs, recreation facilities as well as athletics. The university teams are called ‘Leathernecks’ and compete at NCAA Division I. The campus mascots are ‘Rocky and Col. Rock III’ and the colors are Purple and Gold.

    As for the academics, these are 66 undergraduate, 38 graduate, two doctorates and 20+ pre-professional and certificate programs. Its notable facilities are Sherman Hall, Leslie F. Malpass Library, Harry Mussatto Golf Course and Frank D. Lupton Outdoor Education Building.

    WIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1899
    • MascotColonel Rock (Live Bulldog), Rocky (Costumed Bulldog)
    • MottoHigher Values in Higher Education
    • ColorsPurple, Gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsWestern Illinois Leathernecks
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous WIU Alumni

    • Vincent R. Stewart

      Social Advocacy & Service

      LtGen US Marine Corps and 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

    • Harlan Watson

      Science & Medicine

      Special Envoy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    • Tod Bowman

      Politics & Law

      Democratic member of the Iowa Senate for District 29

    • Mary Matalin

      Politics & Law

      Republican political strategist who worked on the campaigns of Dave O'Neal, George H. W. Bush and served as Chief of Staff to Lee Atwater

    • Ahmet Kenan Tanrıkulu

      Politics & Law

      Turkish politician

    • Robert Nardelli

      Business & Industry

      Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler, former President and CEO of Home Depot

    • Syed Abul Kalam Azad

      Education & Advocacy

      Treasurer of University of Dhaka

    • Mark Konkol

      Education & Advocacy

      Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist (Chicago Sun-Times), 2011



All Top Colleges in Illinois

  • American Academy of Art

    Chicago, Illinois

    American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois
    • 317 Total Students
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Frank Young Sr. a well recognized figure and considered an authority in advertising design had the set up the American Academy of arts in 1923. It was his vision to train students in the field of fine arts and commercial arts. The leadership of the academy moved down to Young Sr.’s son and after which the institute was taken over by Clinton E. Frank, the founder of Clinton E. Frank Inc. The Academy is based in Chicago, Illinois.

    It was the vision of its founder, Young Sr. that kept the Academy moving forward in its role in developing its students for professional lives in the field of arts. In the words of Young Sr., “neglect nothing that will help them to build successful careers”, the Academy has incorporated modern curriculum and has added innovation its programs to match the requirements of the present day professional needs.

    The programs at American Academy of art include courses such as humanities and sciences as part of its programs. This it believes helps to elevate the human minds in their artistic expression and critical ability. It also adds to widening their perspectives which is a fundamental requirement to understanding the field of arts. The Academy also involves its students with practical projects by making them work in studios, which is helpful in bringing out the creativity of the students.

    The academic programs offered at the Academy are its Bachelor degree programs. It grants Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with seven areas of arts to choose from. The Foundation program is also offered intended at developing the basic visual arts skills. However it is a mandatory program and each student must begin with it. The campus to the Academy houses the Bill L. Parks Gallery. The gallery features works of its students, alumni as well as faculty and is open for Public visits.

    American Academy School Facts

    • Years Estd.1923
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous American Academy Alumni

    • Alex Ross

      Entertainment & Arts

      A comic book artist/illustrator; won National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Award (1998)

    • Richard Schmid

      Entertainment & Arts

      One of the American realist artists famous for his work

    • John Tobias

      Entertainment & Arts

      A comic book artist, writer; also works as a graphic designer, video game designer. He is best known for co-creating the Mortal Kombat series.

    • Kanye West

      Entertainment & Arts

      The famous American rapper, songwriter, record producer and an entrepreneur

    • Rupert Kinnard

      Entertainment & Arts

      A cartoonist; famous for his work 'B.B. and the Diva'

    • Jill Thompson

      Entertainment & Arts

      A professional comic book illustrator and a writer; known for her work 'Scary Godmother' series


  • American Islamic College

    Chicago, Illinois

    • 53 Total Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 71% Enrollment Rate
    • 6 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    AIC was founded in 1981 as a Private institute offering degree programs in rooted in Islamic studies and Arabic. It was with a little progress that the next year, the college moved to its present facility which was previously used by Immaculata Sisters High School.  However, it did not open for students until 1983 becoming the first institute to offer higher education in Islamic studies. Facing difficulties in its path, it was refrained in its mission. The college resumed its operations in 2010. It is based in Chicago, Illinois.

    American Islamic College carries the idea of promoting religious diversity and acceptance.  The college started with the idea of offering Islamic education with an aspect of years of Islamic history and a rich heritage. This was a revolutionary as well as an innovative vision when the college first began.

    Islamic education at AIC is incomplete without a complete immersion in the global and community issues alike. For this purpose, the college offers not only exchange programs but conferences and dialogue opportunity inviting leaders, educationists, academics, and others along with students to be involved in discussion and exchanging views. Interfaith dialogues invite students and teachers from seminaries in Chicago. There are workshops and internship opportunities as well. Besides these, there are events that are aimed at bringing fun to the campus life. There are dinners and Film screenings held at the college.

    AIC offers three degree programs; a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree and Master of Divinity degree. There are no notable departments or facilities with the college; however the entire campus, the present building has been long added to the National Register of Historic Places, in the year 1983.

    AIC School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Christian Life College

    Mount Prospect, Illinois

    • 45 Total Students
    • 6 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    A private institute, the college officially began as a school in the year 1950 and was named Chicago Bible College. The origins however of the college go back to the time when the annual sessions would take place with Philadelphia Church ministry. As these sessions gained prominence, more and more churches began to send their pupils to attend the sessions. Hence it developed into an institute for training for pastors and for other church positions.

    It was renamed as Christian Life College in the year 1981. After having separated from the church, it was in 1981 that it became affiliated with Christian Assembly Church. Being a Christian institute, the values placed at the heart of the college concentrate on preparing students with faith and knowledge, with the goal of forwarding God’s word to people.

    The campus environment is filled with care and understanding towards each other. The faculty, staff and students learn and grow together and pray together. Based in Mount Prospect, Illinois, the college is filled with opportunities for spiritual enlightenment. The student Council brings events and activities which bring the students together; there are lunches but also retreats with the aim of developing team building capacity. There is also Chapel service where activities such as guest speakers, musical programs and other similar activities, engaging students in prayer and worship are held. An important event at the campus is the Ascension Convention. Although students across the region of North America participate in this, it has been two years since the convention is being lead by the students of Christian Life. It is three day events and calls on the worship artists to celebrate the tradition of Easter.

    Academics which form a dominant part of student life consist of Bachelors of Arts degree program with eight study options and Associate of Arts Degree in Christian Studies. It also offers a two year Certificate of Bible and a one year Diploma of Bible.

    Christian Life College School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationOther Protestant

  • Columbia College-Chicago Seal

    Columbia College-Chicago

    Chicago, Illinois

    Columbia College-Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
    • 8,961 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 8,391 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Columbia is a private and non profit higher education institute which traces its origins to the year 1890 and two women, Mary A. Blood and Ida Morey Riley who founded Columbia School of Oratory. The idea behind the college was to train individuals for public speaking at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It continued under the proprietorship of its founders until 1904 when it was incorporated by the state, Illinois. By 1960s it had developed fully into a liberal arts college.

    It is based in Chicago, in Illinois and hosts several research, education as well as cultural organisations such as Center for Black Music Research, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and others. It aims to develop the same values of creativity, inclusivity and diversity in its students while enlightening them in the context of global challenges and needed solutions.

    At Columbia College the students enjoy various activities and opportunities that enhance their education and learning. There are more than 85 student led organisations that students actively take part in and which improve skills and give a chance at leading their fellow students towards various opportunities. Leadership skills are further encouraged through Leadership Institute, which offers conferences and speakers, enticing creativity and working towards personal as well as professional success. There also is the Student Programming Board (SPB), student led and which aims to bring activities, events as well as creativity on campus but also provides for a practical working experience for those that participate. For further encouraging student creativity, there is Workroom, a workspace outside of classrooms. The college also focuses on career prospects of its students. The Career Center helps sort career choices, find employment opportunities and prepare for job interviews and develop resumes. The college also offers Student Athletics Association which works to provide for physical activity on campus.

    The academic programs offered at Columbia consist of over a 100 majors in its undergraduate programs and 14 graduate degree (Master’s) programs. Its prominent facilities are Alexandroff Center, Wabash Campus Building, Sherwood Music School and Getz Theater.

    Columbia School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Columbia Alumni

    • Ozier Muhammad

      Entertainment & Arts

      Photojournalist for The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner

    • Genndy Tartakovsky

      Entertainment & Arts

      Creator of Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Sym-Bionic Titan

    • Janusz Kamiński

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award-winning cinematographer for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan

    • Len Amato

      Business & Industry

      President of HBO Films

    • J. A. Konrath

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer of the Jack Daniels mystery series

    • Mike Stoklasa

      Entertainment & Arts

      Creator of Red Letter Media

    • Bob Odenkirk

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer for Saturday Night Live from 1987 to 1995; also ab actor, worked in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul

    • Chris McKay

      Entertainment & Arts

      Animator; also film and television director, editor and producer


  • East-West University

    Chicago, Illinois

    • 539 Total Students
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    East-West is a private and non profit institute for higher education that traces its history to when it was founded in 1980. It began as a considerably small institute but soon garnered attention for its quality programs and is now known for being the most affordable institute in all of the state. The institute offers programs which have been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

    The university is based in Chicago, Illinois, and comes with a unique sense of purpose for its students. The students are offered relevant liberal arts education to learn, research and experience the world through a multicultural lens. This does not only enrich them professionally but also personally.

    For students at the East-West University, life is as exciting and fun filled on campus as it is outside campus. Chicago has a lot to offer the students with its vibrant arts culture as well as career building opportunities. For the students, this adds to being an additional reason why they enjoy their time at the university. As students get involved at the campus, they find that there is a variety of student clubs and organizations in different disciplines and area of development such peer mentoring, women empowerment, criminal justice, cultural and others. There is also a Student Activities Committee which further facilitates learning skills and leadership opportunities. As students get more and more engaged not just with the academics and extracurricular activities, but also with each other, this results in interpersonal relationship improvement. For further interaction and engagement, the students find plenty of opportunities at the Student Life Center. The center provides with gymnasium facilities, fitness center as well as the library which makes it a great place to find new people while outside classroom. The campus colors are Blue, Gold, and Red.

    The academic programs offered at East-West are four Associate degree programs and seven Bachelors degree programs.

    East-West School Facts

    • Years Estd.1980
    • NicknamePhantoms
    • Motto"Excellence and Service"
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Eureka College Seal

    Eureka College

    Eureka, Illinois

    Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois
    • 695 Total Students
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 22% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,225 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Eureka College was established in 1848 in Eureka, Illinois by a group of abolitionists who were fighting their battle against slavery. Its original name was Walnut Grove Academy. It is the first school in the United States to have rules to educate women on equal basis with men. The college focuses on teaching liberal arts having relations to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It adopts three core values which are learning, service and leadership. It aims at helping students gain leadership and critical thinking skills.

    In 1855, Abingdon College merged with Eureka College. Currently, Eureka has a campus covering 112 acres with several remarkable buildings. For example, Melick library which is the main library for the college was dedicated by Eureka College graduate and Governor of Eureka City, Ronald Reagan who was later elected as the US president. The building was named in honor of Wesley and Clinton Melick. Other notable places on campus include the chapel where Reagan delivered his first public speech, Burrus Dickinson Hall which is nationally registered as a historic place, Reagan athletic complex as well as the Ronald Reagan museum located within Donald B. Cerf Center. There are several interesting traditions related to Eureka including the Ivy ceremony that is held at the beginning of each academic year since 1925, the Recruiting Elm that is a memorial symbol of the civil war, Torchlight parade and the Senior Rum Cake that is buried in a secret place as a challenge for junior students to search for.

    The College provides educational system that keeps balance between the course requirements and the freedom for the students to study according to their skills, interests and their plans for life. The college offers degree and non-degree programs through five main divisions; education, fine and performing arts, humanities, science and mathematics as well as social sciences and business.

    Eureka School Facts

    • Years Estd.1855
    • NicknameRed Devils
    • Motto"The Moment of Discovery"
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Famous Eureka Alumni

    • Emik Avakian

      Science & Medicine

      Inventor having numerous patents

    • Tom Vaughn

      Entertainment & Arts

      famous jazz musician

    • Durward Sandifer

      Politics & Law

      main participant in the writing of the UN declaration of Rights

    • William A. Poynter

      Politics & Law

      10th Governor of Nebraska

    • Donald Reagan

      Politics & Law

      famous actor, Governor of California and 40th president of the united states


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    Illinois College

    Jacksonville, Illinois

    Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois
    • 955 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,431 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Illinois College is a private liberal arts college affiliated to the United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church. It was established in 1829 as an institution for men by a group of students from Yale University called Illinois Band who traveled to the west to found new colleges. It was the second college to be established in Illinois and the first one to grant a degree. It was also the first medical school in the state when the medical school was established in 1843. Sixty years later, the school became coeducational institute when it merged with the Jacksonville Female Academy. The college also incorporated Illinois Conservatory of Music in the same year.

    Illinois campus covers 80 acres within Jacksonville, Illinois offering several distinctive facilities to the students as Abraham Lincoln Hall which holds LEEDS silver certification, Whipple Hall and Schewe Library, Sturtevant Hall, Crampton Residence Hall, Congressman Paul Findley’s Congressional Office and the Bruner Fitness Center which includes the Khalaf Al Habtoor. The oldest building in the campus is called Beecher Hall in honor of President Beecher. The campus is elevated compared to most of the surrounding areas and thus it is commonly called “the Hilltop”. It is divided into upper and lower quads separated by the Steuer Walkway. The official colors of the university are blue and white while its mascot are called Blueboys and Lady Blues. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III: Midwest Conference.

    The first two years of the undergraduate study are introductory years exploring different majors and disciplines while the remaining two are more focused on the major that the student chooses. The college offers more than 90 majors including pre-professional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Illinois has partnership with Starhill Forest Arboretum making it a location for visits and internships for the students. The college offers to the students the option to do part of their study abroad. It is member of the Clinton Global Initiative University Network since 2014. The network was established in 2007 by President Bill Clinton.

    IC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1829
    • MascotBlueboys and Lady Blues
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III: Midwest Conference
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous IC Alumni

    • Ryan Tanner

      Entertainment & Arts

      Tony Award-winning producer

    • Marshall M. Parks

      Science & Medicine

      the father of pediatric ophthalmology

    • Richard Henry Mills

      Politics & Law

      United States federal judge

    • William Jayne

      Politics & Law

      first Governor of Dakota Territory

    • Charles W. Bryan

      Politics & Law

      former Governor of Nebraska


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    Knox College

    Galesburg, Illinois

    Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois
    • 1,397 Total Students
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 18% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,445 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Knox College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Galesburg, Illinois. It was established in 1837 by anti-slavery social reformers who were led by George Washington Gale. It was initially named Knox Manual Labor College till it got its current name twenty years later. The college hosted in 1858 the fifth debate between the Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln was awarded the first honorary doctoral degree from Knox College in 1860 during his presidential campaign.

    Knox campus is located in a small city covering 82 acres with 45 buildings. The most prominent and oldest building on-campus is the old main which is a National Historical Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other important buildings include the Seymour Library which was ranked third among best libraries in the US by Princeton Reviews. The library contains around 350,000 books and several special collections including the Finley Collection of Midwest History, the Strong Collection of 18th- and 19th-century maps and photographs, the Hughes Collection of manuscripts and first editions from Faulkner. In 2007, Students established the Knox College Community Garden as an independent study project and is still tended by student volunteers till now.  The official colors of the college are purple and gold while its mascot is a fox called Prairie Fire.

    Knox offers undergraduate programs in 46 majors and 13 minors in addition to 10 pre-professional programs. Students have the option to join self-designed programs. The college made major curriculum revision in 2002 entitled Renewed Knox which also accompanied the establishment of six academic centers. The college was ranked 75th among best US liberal arts colleges in US News and World Report 2013. It was also mentioned among 40 schools in the book Colleges that Change Lives authored by Loren Pope. It is considered to be a more selective institute according to The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    Knox School Facts

    • Years Estd.February 15, 1837
    • MascotPrairie Fire (nickname), Fox (mascot)
    • MottoLatin: Veritas
    • Motto Eng.Truth
    • ColorsPurple and gold
    • LocationIllinois
    • Athletics21 varsity teamsNCAA Division IIIMidwest Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Knox Alumni

    • Edgar Addison Bancroft

      Politics & Law

      former United States ambassador to Japan

    • Robert Hanssen

      Politics & Law

      FBI agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia in 2001

    • Job Adams Cooper

      Politics & Law

      former governor of the State of Colorado

    • Earnest Elmo Calkins

      Business & Industry

      founder of the first modern advertising agent

    • Barry Bearak

      Social Advocacy & Service

      New York Times Journalist, awarded Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting 2002


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    Lake Forest College

    Lake Forest, Illinois

    Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois
    • 1,600 Total Students
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,373 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Lake Forest College (LFC) is a coeducational private liberal arts college founded in 1857 as Lind University by Reverend Robert W. Patterson as a Presbyterian alternative to the Methodist Northwestern University in Evanston.  In 1865, Lind University’s name was changed into Lake Forest University. In 1869, a new division was added to the university that was called Ferry Hall. This hall was a girls’ preparatory school and junior college. In 1974, Ferry Hall merged with Lake Forest Academy. In 1876, a coeducational division of the university was started by Mary Eveline Smith Farwell under the name of Lake Forest College, under the leadership of the Reverend Patterson.In 1890 Lake Forest built a relationship with the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, to serve as its dental school, however, this cooperation ended in 1902. By 1925, Lake Forest College ended its affilliation with Lake Forest Academy, and became focusing mainly on undergraduate liberal arts. In 1965, the school’s name was officially announced as Lake Forest College.
    LFC’s motto in Latin is “Et veritas liberabit vos”, which means “And the truth shall set you free”.  LFC is now located in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Chicago’s North Shore with several distinctive buildings as Deerpath Hall, Lois Durand Hall, Ravine Lodge, Johnson Science Center, Carnegie Hall and Young Hall. The college’s mascot is “Boomer the Bear”, with the official colors of red and black. The college’s athletics teams are called Foresters and they compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III.

    Lake Forest offers more than 70 majors and minors in different disciplines. According to The Princeton Review’s 371 Best Colleges, Lake Forest is on its Financial Aid Honor Roll and Best Midwestern Colleges report. LFC was ranked 95th by US News & World Report for its America’s Best Colleges 2010 Edition. It was also ranked 11th in the nation compared to liberal arts colleges for the best return on investment, by Payscale.com’s 2014 list of colleges with the best ROI.

    LFC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1857
    • NicknameForesters
    • MascotBoomer the Bear
    • MottoEt veritas liberabit vos (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.And the truth shall set you free (John 8:32)
    • ColorsRed and black
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIIMidwest, NCHA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous LFC Alumni

    • Blair Butler

      Entertainment & Arts

      Stand-up comedian and TV personality

    • Allan Carr

      Entertainment & Arts

      Tony Award winner and producer of the film Grease,

    • Herb Alward

      Professional Sports

      Football player

    • Mush Crawford

      Professional Sports

      Football player

    • James C. Foster

      Business & Industry

      Chairman and CEO of Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

    • Rob Mermin

      Business & Industry

      Founder of Circus Smirkus

    • Victor deGrazia

      Business & Industry

      Political strategist


  • Lakeview College of Nursing Seal

    Lakeview College of Nursing

    Danville, Illinois

    • 316 Total Students
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Lakeview College of Nursing is a non-profit private college located in Danville, Illinois. The college teaches also on a campus in Charleston. The Lakeview Hospital was founded in Danville in 1892. In The same year, the Danville Training School for Nurses opened as the only training school in the region for 26 years. The diploma nursing program was launched by the State of Illinois in 1911 and formally certified the program in 1937. In 1988, the Lakeview Medical Center was sold to the Franciscan Sisters Healthcare Corporation. However, the nursing program was not included in the purchase and was considered a separate institution known with the name “Lakeview College of Nursing”. The same year, the Webster Memorial Home (built in 1920) was gifted for use by the college. The building was expanded first in 1993 and then again in 2007. The baccalaureate program was approved by the State of Illinois in 1987. Two years later, the program was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Lakeview College of Nursing started classes on the Eastern Illinois University campus in 2000. In 2007, the college bought its own building in Charleston, and hence established its own campus separate from EIU. Lakeview College of Nursing was primarily approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation in 1987. The college was accredited in 1998, by the National League for Nursing Board of Review for Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, for five years. The accreditation was renewed through 2012. On April 2001, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of commissioners determined accredited the college for a term of 10 years. CCNE renewed its accreditation on a visit in the Fall 2011 and approved other 10 years of accreditation till June 30, 2021.

    Lakeview College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) as a four-year college degree, in which students are provided with a liberal arts and sciences background. This program accepts also students with Registered Nurses (RNs) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) with varying levels of experience to pursue BSN.

    LCN School Facts

    • Years Estd.1894
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Monmouth College Seal

    Monmouth College

    Monmouth, Illinois

    Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois
    • 1,197 Total Students
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,657 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Monmouth College (MC) is a private coeducational higher educational institute providing undergraduate programs in liberal arts. It was established as a coeducational institute by the Second Presbytery of Illinois of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on 18th of April 1853. The date is celebrated annually under the name “Scholars Day”, during which classes are cancelled and excellent students are honored. The college was initially named “Monmouth Academy” and the name was changed to Monmouth College three years later when it received its charter from the state legislature. The college faced significant challenges upon its establishment as almost all enrolled male students along with trustees and faculty members left the college to participate in the American Civil War. Classes were still offered during the war with almost all students were females. In 1911, the college was ranked by the US government among 59 higher institutes. During the World War II, the college became a U.S. Naval Flight Preparatory School and then started offering V-5 Navy Academic Refresher Unit program. Although the college kept its affiliation with the United Presbyterian Church, the church does not participate anymore in the selection of the college trustees. In 1983, the college started a fund raising campaign that started by $5 million donation from an alumnus with the aim to collect $15 million.

    Monmouth campus is located in Monmouth, Illinois covering 112 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including the Manor, Alpha Tau Omega House, Marshall Hall, Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, Wells Theater, Austin Hall, Poling Hall, Wallace Hall, McMichael Academic Hall and Bowers Hall. The college library, which is named Hewes Library, contains more than 500,000 items. Maonmouth official colors are red and white while its mascot is called Big Red. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of the Midwest Conference.

    The college offers undergraduate programs only in 34 majors and 36 minors. The college also offers 18 pre-professional programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks Monmouth among Tier 1 of its Best Colleges Rankings and it has also been ranked the best in Midwest by the Princeton Review.

    MC School Facts

    • Years Estd.April 18, 1853
    • NicknameFighting Scots
    • MascotBig Red
    • MottoLux (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Light
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationIllinois
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – Midwest Conference
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous MC Alumni

    • James K. L. Duncan

      Politics & Law

      Medal of Honor recipient

    • Calvin Bryce Hoover

      Business & Industry

      prominent economist who established the field of comparative economic systems

    • Harold Poling

      Business & Industry

      chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Company

    • Charles A. Sprague

      Politics & Law

      former Governor of Oregon

    • John Findley Wallace

      Business & Industry

      chief engineer and Panama Canal project and Illinois Central Railroad


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    North Central College

    Naperville, Illinois

    North Central College in Naperville, Illinois
    • 2,962 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,307 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    North Central College is a private research higher education institute affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college was established in 1861 in Plainfield, Illinois under the name of Plainfield College. Three years later, the name of the college was changed based on a decision from the Board of Trustees to “North-Western College”. In 1870, the college was relocated to Naperville. The name was changed again in 1926 to the current one. In 2017, the college expanded by purchasing Shimer College changing its name to the Shimer Great Books School of North Central College.

    North Central has a suburban campus covering 65 acres in the historic district at downtown Naperville on Chicago Avenue. The campus offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Carnegie Hall, Pfeiffer Hall, and Fine Arts Center and Meiley-Swallow Hall. Pfeiffer Hall is a 1,057-seat hall that hosts live performances, lectures and debates. Wentz Concert Hall, which is named in honor of the college graduate Myron Wentz, was established in 2008 and was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Loebl Schlossman & Hackl. The university has 22 athletic teams who compete in NCAA Division III as members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The college mascot is Chippy the Cardinal while its official colors are cardinal red and white. The college broadcasts an FM radio station named WONC.

    The college is divided into 4 colleges including Shimer Great Books School. It offers around 100 undergraduate programs and 6 master’s degree programs. The college offers study abroad programs in 27 different countries. Additionally, students are offered several internship opportunities particularly due to its presence close to the Chicago Loop. Enrolled students may get financial support in the form of scholarships, grants, loans in addition to Federal Work-Study Program. North Central is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    North Central School Facts

    • Years Estd.1861
    • MascotCardinals
    • MottoBe Central
    • ColorsCardinal red and white
    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous North Central Alumni

    • Dick Blick

      Professional Sports

      swimmer who won gold medal at 1960 Olympic games

    • Alvin C. Eurich

      Education & Advocacy

      first President of the State University of New York

    • Anthony Gomez

      Professional Sports

      professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer

    • F. L. Maytag

      Business & Industry

      appliance company founder

    • Mildred Rebstock

      Science & Medicine

      developer of the world’s first synthetically engineered antibiotic, chloromycetin


  • Robert Morris University-Illinois Seal

    Robert Morris University-Illinois

    Chicago, Illinois

    Robert Morris University-Illinois in Chicago, Illinois
    • 3,056 Total Students
    • 24% Acceptance Rate
    • 87% Enrollment Rate
    • 22 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,967 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    RMU is a private and non profit educational institute that trace its roots to the year 1913 when a small school, called Moser School was established. In year 1965 Robert Morris College was chartered and established. The present day university stems out of the merger of the two institutes in year 1986. By 1991 the college started offering degree programs and hence transformed into a university and adopted its present name in 2009.

    The present day university is based in multiple locations in both Chicago and Illinois, through branches and campuses. It has come to be a career focused and learning centered institute preparing students for leadership and success in their professional as well as personal choices.

    At RMU student life is much more than academic development and activities and goes beyond the walls of classroom. Activities thrive through more than 40 student run organisations and clubs working on campus and providing a range of interests, disciplines and societies. These help students develop team building skills, improve communication skills, form connections and networks as well as be trained in leadership skills. Students also take part in the Student Council which serves as the primary student representation body. While this council works to improve student welfare and voice their concerns, it also presents a great opportunity to work as leaders. Besides, there are other opportunities as well for student participation such as the four campus-run publications where students voice their opinions and ideas. There are also performing arts activities with a university choir, Jazz bands, theatre show, Marching Eagles and more. Students also participate in athletic activities; the campus teams are called ‘Eagles’ and compete at NAIA. The official colors are Maroon and Vegas Gold.

    Academic programs offered at RMU consist of Associate degree program with nine majors, seven Bachelors degree programs and four Masters degree programs. Its notable department is the Morris Graduate School of Management.

    RMU School Facts

    • LocationIllinois
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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