2021 Illinois Best Colleges Tuition Comparison

This page compares the best colleges in Illinois with tuition, admission, and more academic facts (Ranking data from College Evaluator). For the academic year 2020-2021, University of Chicago rank first in the best Illinois college ranking and Northwestern University is placed in second.

Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in Illinois

1 public and 9 private schools rank in the best Illinois colleges. The schools' average acceptance rate is 57.20% where University of Chicago has the tightest (lowest) acceptance rate of 6% and Principia College has the highest rate of 91%. Total 129,997 students are attending one of the best Illinois schools where University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest population with 49,702 students and Principia College has the smallest number of students (447 students). The average graduation rate is 80.80% and the average students to faculty ratio is 10.90:1 at those colleges.
The following table shows the academic information and key facts of the best Illinois colleges including acceptance rate, graduation rate, student population, and students to faculty ratio.
Table. Illinois Best Colleges Overview
RankName Acceptance RateSAT ScoreGraduation RatePopulationStudent-Faculty Ratio
1University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
6%1,53595%17,0025:1 (20.00 %)
2Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
9%1,49594%22,1276:1 (16.67 %)
3Principia College
Elsah, IL
91%1,11480%4476:1 (16.67 %)
4University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
59%1,34085%49,70220:1 (5.00 %)
5Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
60%1,29570%6,75312:1 (8.33 %)
6Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL
85%1,33089%2,94410:1 (10.00 %)
7Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL
67%1,22574%17,00714:1 (7.14 %)
8Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
61%1,22077%1,69311:1 (9.09 %)
9Lewis University
Romeoville, IL
64%1,10567%6,44013:1 (7.69 %)
10Bradley University
Peoria, IL
70%1,17077%5,88212:1 (8.33 %)
Average57.20%1,28380.80%129,997 (Total)10.90:1 (9.17 %)

Best Illinois Colleges 2021 Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimated Costs

The following table lists 2020-2021 tuition & fees and compares them between the best Illinois colleges. The 2020-2021 costs are officially published by IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education. The estimated costs for the academic year 2021-2022 are calculated and estimated based on each school's rate of tuition change from 2020 to 2021.

For the undergraduate programs, the average tuition & fees of the best Illinois colleges is $43,952 where University of Chicago has the most expensive costs at $60,552 and Principia College has the lowest amount of tuition at $30,720. The average graduate tuition & fees of the best Illinois colleges is $30,911 where University of Chicago has the highest tuition with $61,548 and Lewis University has the lowest amount of graduate school tuition with $14,780.
UndergraduateGraduate
Table. Best Illinois Colleges 2021 Undergraduate Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2021 Tuition & Fees2022 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1University of Chicago $60,552$61,833
2Northwestern University $58,701$60,782
3Principia College $30,720$31,259
4University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $15,150$32,600 $13,287 $29,347
5Illinois Institute of Technology $50,490$52,293
6Wheaton College $39,100$40,552
7Loyola University Chicago $46,060$46,583
8Illinois Wesleyan University $51,336$53,253
9Lewis University $34,478$35,559
10Bradley University $35,480$36,372
Average$15,150$43,952$13,287$44,783
Table. Best Illinois Colleges 2021 Graduate School Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2021 Tuition & Fees2022 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1University of Chicago $61,548$61,548
2Northwestern University $56,567$56,567
3Principia College --
4University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $17,912$30,083 $17,912$17,743
5Illinois Institute of Technology $30,695$30,455
6Wheaton College $17,424$18,071
7Loyola University Chicago $19,154$18,816
8Illinois Wesleyan University --
9Lewis University $14,780$15,014
10Bradley University $17,040$17,429
Average$17,912$30,911$17,743$30,830

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