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    Best Colleges in Illinois 2021

    Illinois has 139 colleges and universities. There are 61 public colleges and 78 private colleges in IL. In 2020, 729,242 students were enrolled in one of the state's colleges and universities.

    Top Colleges and Universities in Illinois

    1. Northwestern University
    2. University of Chicago
    3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    4. Wheaton College in Illinois
    5. DePaul University
    6. Illinois Institute of Technology
    7. Illinois Wesleyan University
    8. St. Francis University
    9. Loyola University Chicago
    10. University of Illinois - Springfield

    Best Colleges in Chicago

    Chicago is the biggest city in Illinois and home to four of the state's top ten schools.

    1. University of Chicago
    2. DePaul University
    3. Illinois Institute of Technology
    4. Loyola University Chicago
    5. Northwestern University

    The University of Chicago has a 217-acre campus in the residential Hyde Park neighborhood. Hyde Park is 20 minutes south of downtown, near the shores of Lake Michigan. In the spring and summer, The U of Chicago campus is full of leafy trees, green lawns, and old gothic buildings covered in ivy.

    DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the country. DePaul's has two campuses in Chicago. The Lincoln Park campus is close to Lake Michigan and Chicago's biggest park. The Loop Campus is in the city's bustling business district.

    Illinois Tech is located in Bronzeville, just a few minutes south of downtown Chicago and a mile from Lake Michigan.Loyola University Chicago has two main campuses in the heart of the city. The Lake Shore Campus is on Chicago's North Side, near Lake Michigan. The Water Tower campus is downtown, near North Michigan Ave and Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile.

    Northwestern University's main campus is just outside of Chicago, in the suburb of Evanston, IL. However Northwestern's second campus is in downtown Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood.

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