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With 222 public and private colleges and universities, Illinois is a state with a myriad of choices in higher education. Top colleges in Illinois include the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. There are nine public universities occupying 12 campuses, according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. As one of the largest university systems in the state, the University of Illinois System has three campuses which enroll more than 71,000 students. In addition, each campus offers distance learning opportunities to students across the country through U of I Online. In addition, Illinois has the third largest community college system in the United States, with 39 community college districts and 48 campuses, according to the Illinois Community College Board.

Illinois also has much to offer in private education, with 131 for-profit and not-for-profit institutions of higher education. Many of the not-for-profit colleges and universities are known not only for their academic reputation, but also for their efforts in online education. Students looking for accredited online colleges in Illinois may want to consider one of the 32 private for-profit colleges and universities. While the majority of these Illinois online colleges have campuses in the Chicago area, those who would like to avoid the commute can take advantage of degree programs from schools like American InterContinental University and Devry University. To learn more about distance learning opportunities at Illinois online colleges and universities, visit the Illinois Virtual Campus which provides details about Illinois colleges offering online degrees, certificates, and non-credit and for credit courses.

144 Schools in illinois Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    Adler School of Professional Psychology

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    36 (1978)
    Student Population
    1,116
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  3. School Name

    American InterContinental University-Online

    Schaumburg, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,043
    Years Accredited
    5 (2009)
    Student Population
    31,331
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
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  4. School Name

    Argosy University-Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    3 (2011)
    Student Population
    1,921
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  5. School Name

    Argosy University-Schaumburg

    Schaumburg, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    3 (2011)
    Student Population
    894
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  6. School Name

    Aurora University

    Aurora, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,100
    Years Accredited
    77 (1938)
    Student Population
    7,592
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  7. School Name

    Benedictine University

    Lisle, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,137
    Years Accredited
    57 (1958)
    Student Population
    9,517
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  8. School Name

    Black Hawk College

    Moline, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,495
    Years Accredited
    63 (1951)
    Student Population
    12,232
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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  9. School Name

    Blessing Rieman College of Nursing

    Quincy, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    20 (1994)
    Student Population
    309
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
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  10. School Name

    Bradley University

    Peoria, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $28,284
    Years Accredited
    102 (1913)
    Student Population
    5,978
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  11. School Name

    Carl Sandburg College

    Galesburg, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,398
    Years Accredited
    40 (1974)
    Student Population
    4,370
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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  12. School Name

    Catholic Theological Union at Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    487
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  13. School Name

    Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois

    Addison, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $16,960
    Years Accredited
    6 (2008)
    Student Population
    3,632
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
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  14. School Name

    Chicago State University

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,558
    Years Accredited
    74 (1941)
    Student Population
    8,194
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  15. School Name

    Chicago Theological Seminary

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    77 (1938)
    Student Population
    254
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Doctoral
    Masters
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  16. School Name

    Christian Life College

    Mount Prospect, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,590
    Years Accredited
    12 (2002)
    Student Population
    54
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
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  17. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    17,602
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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  18. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    20,616
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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  19. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    11,009
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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  20. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    12,271
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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  21. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    7,967
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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