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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 & 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

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