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    Top Colleges and Universities in the Chicago Area

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: June 6th, 2024

    Chicago is a great city to attend college; in addition to a rich multicultural experience and affordable housing and cost of living, you’ve got Lake Michigan at your disposal. Here are the top colleges and universities in Chicago and the surrounding area.

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    University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Top College Top College, Top Affordability
    Top College Top College
    Top College Top College: Affordability

    Located in Chicago, Illinois, the University of Chicago is known for its rigorous academics and distinctive Core Curriculum, emphasizing broad-based education in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

    Located in Chicago, Illinois, the University of Chicago is known…Read More

    5% acceptance
    96% graduation rate
    7,511 undergrads
    $20,531 net price
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    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Illinois Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 2,877 undergraduates at Illinois Tech and the school’s acceptance rate is 61%. The…

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    61% acceptance
    75% graduation rate
    2,877 undergrads
    $23,738 net price
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    University of Illinois Chicago

    Chicago, IL • Public, City

    Top College Top Affordability
    Top College Top College: Affordability

    Situated in the heart of Chicago, UIC is recognized for its diverse student body and strong programs in health sciences, engineering, and urban planning. The university's location provides students with…Read More

    Situated in the heart of Chicago, UIC is recognized for…Read More

    79% acceptance
    62% graduation rate
    21,567 undergrads
    $11,139 net price
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    Lake Forest College

    Lake Forest, IL • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Lake Forest College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Lake Forest, Illinois. There are currently 1,724 undergraduates at Lake Forest and the school’s acceptance rate is 60%. The…

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    60% acceptance
    78% graduation rate
    1,724 undergrads
    $27,904 net price
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    Loyola University Chicago

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Loyola University Chicago is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 11,626 undergraduates at Loyola and the school’s acceptance rate is 79%. The tuition at…

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    79% acceptance
    71% graduation rate
    11,626 undergrads
    $35,555 net price
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    Elmhurst University

    Elmhurst, IL • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Elmhurst University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Elmhurst, Illinois. There are currently 2,897 undergraduates at Elmhurst and the school’s acceptance rate is 76%. The tuition at Elmhurst…

    Elmhurst University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in…Read More

    76% acceptance
    64% graduation rate
    2,897 undergrads
    $22,415 net price
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    DePaul University

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    DePaul University, located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, offers students opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships, research, and community engagement. Notable alumni include John C. Reilly, Gillian Flynn,…Read More

    DePaul University, located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, offers…Read More

    70% acceptance
    69% graduation rate
    13,968 undergrads
    $29,430 net price
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    North Park University

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    North Park University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 1,866 undergraduates at North Park and the school’s acceptance rate is 68%. The tuition…

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    68% acceptance
    55% graduation rate
    1,866 undergrads
    $17,553 net price
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    VanderCook College of Music

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    VanderCook College of Music is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 67 undergraduates at VanderCook College of Music and the school’s acceptance rate is…Read More

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    100% acceptance
    57% graduation rate
    67 undergrads
    $11,058 net price
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    Saint Xavier University

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Saint Xavier University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 2,963 undergraduates at St. Xavier and the school’s acceptance rate is 84%. The tuition…

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    84% acceptance
    53% graduation rate
    2,963 undergrads
    $12,688 net price
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    Roosevelt University

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Roosevelt University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 2,362 undergraduates at Roosevelt and the school’s acceptance rate is 88%. The tuition at Roosevelt…

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    88% acceptance
    43% graduation rate
    2,362 undergrads
    $21,110 net price
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    Chicago State University

    Chicago, IL • Public, City

    Chicago State University is a public 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 1,364 undergraduates at Chicago State and the school’s acceptance rate is 49%. The tuition at…

    Chicago State University is a public 4-year college located in…Read More

    49% acceptance
    28% graduation rate
    1,364 undergrads
    $6,916 net price
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    Northeastern Illinois University

    Chicago, IL • Public, City

    Northeastern Illinois University is a public 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 4,058 undergraduates at NEIU and the school’s acceptance rate is 63%. The tuition at NEIU…

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    63% acceptance
    19% graduation rate
    4,058 undergrads
    $13,209 net price
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    Rush University

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Rush University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Chicago, Illinois. There are currently 115 undergraduates at Rush. The tuition at Rush is $0.

    Rush University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in…Read More

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    115 undergrads
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    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

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