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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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Posted: February 22nd, 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

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

6% acceptance rate
7,558 undergraduate students
96% graduation rate
$22,690 average per year after aid
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Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

66% acceptance rate
2,889 undergraduate students
71% graduation rate
$22,166 average per year after aid
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University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, IL • Public, City

Chicago, IL

Public, City

79% acceptance rate
22,011 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$11,329 average per year after aid
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Lake Forest College

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

Lake Forest, IL

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

64% acceptance rate
1,657 undergraduate students
73% graduation rate
$23,642 average per year after aid
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Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

77% acceptance rate
11,739 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$27,330 average per year after aid
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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Elmhurst, IL

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

71% acceptance rate
2,791 undergraduate students
68% graduation rate
$23,036 average per year after aid
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DePaul University

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

69% acceptance rate
14,059 undergraduate students
70% graduation rate
$29,537 average per year after aid
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North Park University

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

67% acceptance rate
1,834 undergraduate students
61% graduation rate
$18,956 average per year after aid
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VanderCook College of Music

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

100% acceptance rate
72 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$20,738 average per year after aid
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Saint Xavier University

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

85% acceptance rate
3,087 undergraduate students
52% graduation rate
$13,326 average per year after aid
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Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

92% acceptance rate
2,585 undergraduate students
40% graduation rate
$24,251 average per year after aid
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Chicago State University

Chicago, IL • Public, City

Chicago, IL

Public, City

47% acceptance rate
1,496 undergraduate students
21% graduation rate
$8,969 average per year after aid
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Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL • Public, City

Chicago, IL

Public, City

62% acceptance rate
4,547 undergraduate students
21% graduation rate
$13,555 average per year after aid
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Rush University

Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Chicago, IL

Private, Non-Profit, City

--% acceptance rate
118 undergraduate students
--% graduation rate
-- average per year after aid
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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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