The state of Illinois currently has no statewide online schools, but there are some options for students who wish to study online. The Illinois Virtual School enrolled more than 3,000 students in grades 6-12 in supplemental courses during the 2013-14 year, and there are several online and blended options at the district level. For example, a consortium of school districts in the Chicago area currently offers online courses. Virtual charter schools aren’t currently available in the state. In most cases, online offerings from district schools cater to those who have dropped out of high school; those students often must meet in a physical classroom once a week while completing the majority of their work online.
|SCHOOL NAME||GRADE LEVELS||CITY||SCHEDULE||TYPE||PHONE NUMBER|
|Cambridge Lakes Charter School||K - 8||Pingree Grove||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(847) 464-5300|
|Chicago Virtual Charter School||K - 11||Chicago||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(866) 612-1450|
|Hadley School for the Blind||9 - 12||Winnetka||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(800) 323-4238|
Private career colleges were generally among the earliest adopters of online education in Illinois, but now even large, public schools offer Web-based courses and degrees. The University of Illinois, for example, offers online bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, certificates and continuing education across all three of its campuses. Northern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University also have online bachelor’s and master’s programs. Even two-year schools are following the trend via the Illinois Community College Online (ILCCO) consortium, which connects students with online courses across the system. Dozens of private online schools in Illinois supplement these public options, including DeVry University, which is headquartered in the state.
Illinois launched the nation’s very first community college–an experiment that evolved into what is now the third largest community college system in the nation, with 48 member schools in 39 districts serving nearly 1 million students each year. Students can pursue targeted career training, certificates and associate degrees in over 300 disciplines. This diversity of programs, along with the system’s comparative affordability, makes community college a popular choice in Illinois: almost two-thirds of all public college students statewide attend these two-year schools. Some of these students transfer into four-year institutions, but others aim to build or expand upon workforce-ready skills. Illinois community colleges have built evening, weekend and online programs to better serve these working and nontraditional students.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Harper College||1200 W Algonquin Rd||Palatine||+|
|John Wood Community College||1301 S 48th Street||Quincy||+|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College||4300 N Narragansett||Chicago||+|
|Kaskaskia College||27210 College Rd||Centralia||+|
|Spoon River College||23235 North County 22||Canton||+|
|College of DuPage||425 Fawell Blvd.||Glen Ellyn||+|
Illinois’ nine public universities serve about one-fifth of its undergraduate and one-third of its graduate student population. The extensive system offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees and graduate certificates in hundreds of disciplines. Each university is distinct in its programs and services. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for instance, is known for its research programs, particularly in the areas of science, math and engineering. Twelve campuses and even more satellite facilities mean most state residents have access to public university programs, but a boom in online degree programs expanded their reach well beyond these classroom walls–and even the state’s borders.
Private colleges tend to be more expensive than Illinois’ public universities, but they remain popular among students looking for certain programs, services and learning experiences. How popular? There are about 100 independent nonprofit schools alone serving nearly a quarter-million students each year, and for-profit institutions only add to that share. Private colleges in Illinois range tremendously in size and scope. There are religiously affiliated institutions, prestigious research universities and several targeted professional schools specializing in areas like psychology, technology, optometry and more. Some are nationally renowned, like The University of Chicago and Northwestern University, which consistently rank among the top 20 best universities in the country according to U.S. News & World Report.
Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University, a public institution headquartered in Macomb, offers a number of online courses through its School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach. Students can earn a handful of degrees fully online, including a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in elementary education. WIU also participates in the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services for Higher Learning curriculum, which allows working firefighters to take career-related upper division courses through the university’s distance learning system. Note that WIU students enrolled in other programs still have access to dozens of individual online courses.
All online courses begin and end at the same time as regular on-campus classes, with sessions starting in the spring, fall and summer. Students can access lectures and materials online at any time, but must comply with all instructor-set homework and exam deadlines.
To learn more about Western Illinois University and its distance learning programs, visit the website at: http://www.wiu.edu/online_learning.
DePaul University’s Online Learning program allows students to earn Web-based certificates, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in a number of fields. Undergraduate options include a fully online baccalaureate in computing as well as online bachelor’s degree completion programs in communication and media, information technology and psychology. Also available is an online bachelor’s degree with an individualized focus area based on personal and professional goals. Students can pursue online graduate certificates and master’s degrees in many different subject areas, like accountancy, computer science, public service management and software engineering, among others.
DePaul offers remote students an array of learning tools and support resources, including library services, career counseling, academic advising and more.
For more information about DePaul’s online programs, visit: http://www.depaul.edu/academics/online-learning/Pages/default.aspx.
University of Illinois (U of I Online)
The University of Illinois’ U of I Online is a one-stop hub for students enrolled at any of its Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign campuses. The system grants fully online bachelor’s degrees in business, computer science and health information management. The University of Illinois Springfield’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been ranked the 31st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Students can pursue online graduate certificates in community public health and forensic nursing, or online master’s degrees in areas like agricultural education, foodservice and nutrition, and management information systems. Online doctoral degree programs include nursing practice and public health.
The University of Illinois is known for its selective admissions requirements. For example, students looking to enroll in the college of business must have 24-50+ semester hours of transferable coursework. Students who have completed less than 30 semester hours of credit are evaluated based on their grades and courses in college, high school academics, ACT or SAT scores and essays. Transfer admission preference is given to applicants who would have been admitted as freshmen. Graduate admissions requirements are equally steep–many programs require bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited U.S. colleges and a GPA of 4.0 as well as specific GRE scores.
For a full list of offerings, visit the U of I’s online program page: http://www.online.uillinois.edu/.
Loyola University (Loyola Online)
Loyola University’s Loyola Online System offers advanced certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in a fully Web-based format. Online bachelor’s degrees are currently limited to the fields of management and applied studies, but online graduate study options are much more robust. Students can also pursue six fully online certificate programs.
Loyola University distance learning courses are divided into three distinct categories: online, hybrid and blended. Online classes are delivered 100 percent over the Internet through Sakai, the university’s virtual learning system. Hybrid courses are available mostly online, but students must complete 25 percent of the coursework in the classroom. Blended courses incorporate varying amounts of content online. Some online, hybrid and blended courses require students to log into Sakai to for real-time, synchronous sessions.
For more information on Loyola’s online programs, visit http://www.luc.edu/online/index.shtml.
Best Online Schools in Illinois for 2015-2016
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Greenville College's online programs are centered in a supportive environment that promotes collaboration amongst peers and participation in the college community. Students choose from professional studies degrees in fields such as health psychology and organizational leadership, and education degrees in special education, coaching, ESL, and more. Bachelor's programs are accelerated, allowing students with sufficient transfer credits to graduate in 20 months. High school students can participate in the college's online courses through its Jump Start program. This program allows high school juniors and seniors to take 100-level online courses that can be transferred once they begin college.
|2||University of Illinois at Springfield||99.1||13:1||96%|
Undergraduate, graduate, certification, and certificate programs are all available through fully online studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The school has joint agreements with multiple local community colleges that allow for a smooth transition to the university. Students who enroll in a join agreement can work with a University of Illinois advisor while still in community college, and are invited to attend campus events at the university. The university also offers a 2+2 program that allows for an easy transfer of credits from community college to the University of Illinois. Credits earned in community college through the 2+2 program can be directly applied to the corresponding bachelor's degree program at the university.
At Dominican University, non-traditional students such as adult learners can earn a bachelor's degree fully online or through a degree completion program. The school also offers a master's program in conflict resolution with low residency requirements, allowing professionals to complete the program while fulfilling work obligations. Online classes at the university are small and personal, with frequent interaction with peers and professors. The school hosts a chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for adult learners. Students who are in the 20% of their class, have completed 24 credits, and have a 3.2 GPA are eligible for the society.
Nine graduate and seven undergraduate degrees are available through online coursework at Lewis University. Areas of study run the gamut from aviation and transportation to information technology management, and many of the programs are accelerated for a faster graduation. For students with training and work experience related to their studies, the Prior Learning Assessment program at the university may allow them to graduate up to two and a half years early. Students can earn prior credits through a portfolio assessment, proficiency exams, professional training, and certifications and licenses. These credits can be awarded to students who are at least 24 years old and have taken 12 credits at the university.
Small class sizes and frequent interactions with professors and students are some of the highlights of Benedictine University's online degree programs. Students work closely with instructors, who are available for discussion and extra assistance throughout the semester. Support is also available from financial aid and academic advisors, librarians, and the tech help desk, all accessible online or over the phone. Instructors include full-time professors and adjuncts who work in the industry. Degree programs are primarily in the business arena, with topics of study including management, organizational leadership, and accounting. There are several programs in other areas at the graduate level, such as nutrition and wellness, nursing, and public health.
Students interested in business administration, criminal justice, and nursing may find the online program they need at MacMurray College. The school's three online programs lead to bachelor's degrees that can be earned while students continue to work full- or part-time. Undergraduate students can complete their degree in a little over three years without any prior schooling. Transfer credits contribute to an even faster graduation. Curriculum at the university encourages students to analyze the ethical, philosophical, and historical elements of current issues in their field of study. Students also develop strong communications skills through a required sequence of composition courses.
Roosevelt University's Flex-Track program allows adults to earn their degree online through eight-week courses held year round. The program is accelerated and focused on essential career skills, with eight major options. Students must be at least 22 years old to enroll in a Flex-Track program. The school also offers an undergraduate degree program in criminal justice for students of all ages, as well as multiple graduate degree programs and minors that can be earned online. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which includes learning tools such as discussion boards, quizzes, and required readings. Students use Blackboard to submit assignments, and can view their grades and instructor feedback through the site as well.
Prospective students can enroll in McKendree University's online bachelor's and master's degree programs every eight weeks, beginning their studies in psychology, nursing, education, or business. The school offers orientations for each online program on their website, inviting students to learn more about the programs before applying. The school uses the Blackboard learning management system for their online classes, which are held in eight-week sessions. Many students take two classes at a time in order to accelerate graduation, but the university supports both part- and full-time study. Students can access support from an academic advisor, as well as tutoring and writing services, throughout their time in the program.
|9||Northern Illinois University||98.71||15:1||96%|
Northern Illinois University's distance offerings include online and blended programs that allow adults to continue working while earning a degree. Most programs are available fully online, with topics of study including political science, aviation management technology, and education. Blended programs allow students to choose from several campuses across Illinois for their required face-to-face classes. Prospective students can visit the university's website to see an online course demo. The sample course illustrates how students log onto Blackboard, navigate through several courses, view messages from instructors, and more. Students may also want to take the university's readiness survey to gauge whether online classes are a good fit for their learning style.
|10||National Louis University||98.33||12:1||86%|
Online students at National Louis University can earn one of six bachelor's or six master's degrees, primarily in education, business, and healthcare. While most programs are fully online, students in the applied communications program will be required to attend one face-to-face workshop each term. Students in the Chicago area may also be interested in participating in a blended program. Many online degrees at the university can be earned through a combination of online and on-campus courses, allowing students to meet professors and peers face-to-face while keeping their schedule open for other obligations. Desire2Learn hosts National Louis University's online courses, providing a platform for required readings and lectures, discussion forums and chat tools, and assessments.
Quincy University offers six online degree programs that are flexible, allowing students to complete them at their own pace. Some of the programs, including the bachelor of business administration and bachelor in human services programs, have minimum age requirements to ensure that all students are adults. Prospective students can visit the school's website to take a self-assessment about online learning, and to view a sample course. These tools may inform whether a student is ready for learning in an online format. The school recommends online learning for people who are self-motivated, with strong time-management and communication skills.
DePaul University's online undergraduate degree programs fall into two categories: degree completion programs and adult learning programs. Degree completion programs are for transfer students who bring with them at least 30 semester hours of credit. Upper level courses for these programs are available online, allowing these students to earn their bachelor's degree without any additional on-campus courses. Adult learning programs are competence-based, so students can earn credits for work and life experience and develop a personalized curriculum to suit their career needs. The university also offers a number of graduate and certificate programs online. Classes are given through the Desire2Learn course management system.
|13||Western Illinois University||98.14||15:1||82%|
At the bachelor's level, distance students at Western Illinois University can complete a bachelor of arts in general studies for a highly flexible and customizable degree program. Participants design their own curriculum and can complete the program as slowly or quickly as they'd like. The school also has an online RN-BSN program at the bachelor's level for registered nurses, and three online degrees at the master's level. Members of the fire service can enhance their professional development with the National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services for High Education curriculum, available online at Western Illinois University. This program includes 13 relevant courses from which firefighters can choose one, several, or all to fit their career needs.
|14||Loyola University Chicago||98.07||14:1||96%|
Loyola University Chicago's online offerings include seven degree completion programs at the bachelor's level, and 21 fully online programs at the master's and doctoral level. Instructors are trained to create and teach online courses, and classes have a supportive atmosphere that encourages communication amongst peers and with instructors. Curriculum, as in Loyola's on-campus courses, centers on the principles of global awareness, a commitment to excellence, and value-based leadership - all part of the Jesuit tradition that the university follows. For those new to online learning, the university offers netiquette and online behavior tips, as well as an introduction to the Sakai learning management system, on its website.
|15||Olivet Nazarene University||97.96||16:1||100%|
Students in any of Olivet's online degree programs are part of a cohort from the day they begin their classes. The cohort, or group of students, progresses through their courses together, building a supportive peer network during schooling and a professional network after graduation. Programs are accelerated, and students can graduate in two years or less. Topics of study range from engineering management to criminal justice, with programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. Most programs have frequent start dates throughout the year, and local students can choose to take both online and on-campus courses towards their degree. On-campus courses meet once a week, making hybrid programs a viable option for working students.
|16||Southern Illinois University-Carbondale||97.88||16:1||88%|
With nine online bachelor's degrees and seven online master's programs, Southern Illinois University offers more variety in distance learning than many schools. Its undergraduate programs cover a range of professional fields, from mortuary science to radiology. Students with professional experience in emergency services can improve their credentials and expand their careers options with the school's Master of Fire Service and Homeland Security Management. The program is designed to improve critical thinking skills around emergency management and produce graduates who can be leaders in the field. Students can complete most of this state university's undergraduate and graduate programs in as little as two academic years, minimalizing any interruption to their careers.
|17||Moody Bible Institute||97.84||17:1||73%|
Students can beef up their knowledge of theology and the bible through this Christian post-secondary institution's assortment of online undergraduate and graduate degrees. These programs give students a background in areas like biblical leadership, interpreting scripture, and the challenges facing the church. Courses are offered in two formats: eight-week and self-paced. Under the first option, each class runs for eight weeks, with projects and assignments that must be completed each week. Under the second, students have a more flexible, sixteen-week timeframe to complete coursework. These self-paced courses have the same learning objectives as the eight-week classes and use the same materials. Classes are delivered primarily through Blackboard and students participate in discussions with their instructors and classmates through online forums.
|18||Eastern Illinois University||97.62||14:1||93%|
Students can receive a general post-secondary education, learn the ins and outs of organizational development, or improve their nursing credentials through this school's three fully online undergraduate degrees. The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies is a nontraditional program for mature adults, whose schedules or living locations makes it difficult to attend campus. The interdisciplinary program offers considerable academic variety, preparing students for careers in diverse professions like law enforcement, education and business. It also provides the option to specialize in child care education. Classes require extensive online conferencing, where students post comments and receive feedback from peers and instructors. Courses are offered through the Desire2Lean educational management system.
|19||University of Illinois at Chicago||97.47||17:1||82%|
This research-intensive university provides multiple online graduate and undergraduate degrees aimed at working students looking to bolster their professional credentials. The majority of the school's programs are in public health and give graduates the opportunity to become leaders in the field. Students can complete everything from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to a Doctor of Public Health Leadership without visiting campus. The doctoral program gives mid-career professionals from around the world the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for influencing future health policy. Most of the university's courses do not require online attendance at a specific time, but there are exceptions, especially in the doctoral program.
|20||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||96.29||20:1||65%|
This school's online programs are aimed at adult students looking to pursue a post-secondary education on a part-time basis. Degrees are provided in fields like education, agriculture, engineering and more, giving the university a diverse offering of online programs, especially at the graduate level. Many of the school's online degrees are through its College of Education, where students can gain graduate credentials in areas like administration, human resources and special education. The school uses a combination of the Illinois Compass and Moodle learning management systems, which students log into to complete assignments and participate in class discussions. Time commitments vary from program to program, with graduate degrees usually requiring about 20 hours of work per week.
|21||University of St Francis||95.98||11:1||100%|
The University of St. Francis is among Illinois' largest online education providers. It launched its online business degree 15 years ago and its high-quality online programs have been growing ever since. The school now offers three adult undergraduate degrees: business administration, health care leadership and nursing. The business program can be entered at six points throughout the year and classes are offered in an eight-week, accelerated format, designed for adults already in the workforce. Graduates choose one of five areas of concentration, giving them the management skills and theoretical background necessary for advancing in the workforce. Students in all of the university's online programs interact with teachers and classmates through a combination of online chats, forums and email.
|22||Governors State University||95.32||10:1||N/A|
Busy adult learners can complete a post-secondary education at their pace and convenience through this public university's fully online bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. These include nursing, addiction studies, supply chain management and interdisciplinary studies. Students in the interdisciplinary program - offered at both the bachelor and doctoral level - tailor their courses to suit their educational and professional needs. The university offers a free tutorial in the Blackboard learning management system to students who enroll in online classes. A seven-week, two-credit hour course in developing skills with Blackboard and the Internet is also available for first-time online learners.
|23||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago||87.64||N/A||N/A|
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology serves about 4,200 students on four campuses and online, giving them the education necessary to move their careers forward. Online programs at the bachelor, master's and doctoral level allow students to maintain personal and professional obligations to gain additional coursework necessary to serve others better. Some classes have a small "synchronous virtual residency" component that requires them to be online at a specific time for a one- to two-hour session. Course content is delivered online through video conferencing and podcasts, PowerPoint and GoToMeeting as well as other online delivery options for a wide range of learning opportunities.
4 Year Online Colleges in Illinois
|SCHOOL NAME||TYPE||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Benedictine University||Private not-for-profit||5700 College Rd||Lisle||+|
|National Louis University||Private not-for-profit||122 S Michigan Ave||Chicago||+|
|Loyola University Chicago||Private not-for-profit||1032 W. Sheridan Rd||Chicago||+|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Public||One University Plaza||Springfield||+|
|Dominican University||Private not-for-profit||7900 W Division Street||River Forest||+|
|Knowledge Systems Institute||Private not-for-profit||3420 Main St||Skokie||+|
|Northern Baptist Theological Seminary||Private not-for-profit||660 E Butterfield Rd||Lombard||+|
|Lewis University||Private not-for-profit||One University Parkway||Romeoville||+|
|Erikson Institute||Private not-for-profit||451 N. LaSalle Street||Chicago||+|
Best for Future Service Members
Illinois is often considered a microcosm of the country, and the diversity of its total student population reflects that. Many online colleges and universities in Illinois offer programs specifically for certain groups of students–especially active and retired military service members. All online programs can be tremendously helpful for military personnel and spouses who want to invest in higher education, but do not want their studies disrupted by a deployment, relocation or any other event. Some schools take their mission to serve these students even further. They might offer special scholarships or financial aid programs for active and retired military, counseling on how to get the most out of their education benefits, or even transition support. Congrats to the following online schools in Illinois whose military support programs go above and beyond the call of duty.
|Tuition||City||ROTC - Army||ROTC - Navy||ROTC - Air Force|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||$10,466||Chicago||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||$12,603||Champaign||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Northeastern Illinois University||$6,120||Chicago||Yes||No||Yes|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||$6,256||Edwardsville||Yes||No||Yes|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||$7,635||Carbondale||Yes||No||Yes|
Best for Personal Attention
Illinois has no shortage of top-notch online schools and degrees, but program formats and technologies can vary tremendously. Some of these differences can make students’ learning experiences a little more personal. For instance, courses that use a lot of collaborative tools, like Skype and cloud-based projects, help students feel connected. Small class sizes free instructors up to answer questions and provide more individual feedback. Even synchronous courses in which students log in to view interactive live-streamed courses during set times can be enormously helpful for students who like the convenience of online learning, but miss the spontaneity of classroom lectures. The following online schools in Illinois may use different methods, but all actively work to provide their students with this kind of personalized attention.
|Hebrew Theological College||20 to 1||501||$17,620||Private not-for-profit||Skokie|
|East-West University||20 to 1||1,005||$16,800||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Saint Augustine College||20 to 1||2,254||$8,760||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||20 to 1||33,400||$12,603||Public||Champaign|
|Robert Morris University Illinois||19 to 1||4,313||$22,200||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Illinois State University||19 to 1||19,965||$9,286||Public||Normal|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||18 to 1||12,773||$6,256||Public||Edwardsville|
|Moody Bible Institute||17 to 1||3,753||$8,800||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||17 to 1||18,698||$10,466||Public||Chicago|
|Northern Illinois University||17 to 1||18,830||$8,149||Public||Dekalb|
|DePaul University||17 to 1||19,088||$31,650||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Methodist College||16 to 1||661||$15,198||Private not-for-profit||Peoria|
|Lincoln Christian University||16 to 1||716||$15,060||Private not-for-profit||Lincoln|
|North Central College||16 to 1||2,985||$30,891||Private not-for-profit||Naperville|
|Olivet Nazarene University||16 to 1||3,442||$27,250||Private not-for-profit||Bourbonnais|
|Chicago State University||16 to 1||6,198||$6,144||Public||Chicago|
|Western Illinois University||16 to 1||11,892||$7,415||Public||Macomb|
|Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago||15 to 1||79||$12,000||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Lincoln College||15 to 1||1,395||$16,500||Private not-for-profit||Lincoln|
|Aurora University||15 to 1||3,183||$19,900||Private not-for-profit||Aurora|
|Benedictine University||15 to 1||4,750||$23,217||Private not-for-profit||Lisle|
|Eastern Illinois University||15 to 1||10,579||$7,780||Public||Charleston|
|Loyola University Chicago||15 to 1||11,095||$33,450||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Northeastern Illinois University||15 to 1||11,325||$6,120||Public||Chicago|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||15 to 1||17,448||$7,635||Public||Carbondale|
|Eureka College||14 to 1||826||$18,650||Private not-for-profit||Eureka|
|Monmouth College||14 to 1||1,361||$30,450||Private not-for-profit||Monmouth|
|Quincy University||14 to 1||1,425||$24,344||Private not-for-profit||Quincy|
|Greenville College||14 to 1||1,453||$22,750||Private not-for-profit||Greenville|
|McKendree University||14 to 1||2,755||$24,340||Private not-for-profit||Lebanon|
|Saint Xavier University||14 to 1||3,432||$27,330||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Elmhurst College||14 to 1||3,508||$31,450||Private not-for-profit||Elmhurst|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||14 to 1||3,631||$6,840||Public||Springfield|
|Trinity International University-Illinois||13 to 1||1,286||$25,400||Private not-for-profit||Deerfield|
|Lake Forest College||13 to 1||1,582||$37,660||Private not-for-profit||Lake Forest|
|North Park University||13 to 1||2,440||$22,090||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Lewis University||13 to 1||5,242||$25,770||Private not-for-profit||Romeoville|
|MacMurray College||12 to 1||598||$20,400||Private not-for-profit||Jacksonville|
|University of St Francis||12 to 1||2,052||$26,374||Private not-for-profit||Joliet|
|Dominican University||12 to 1||2,142||$27,480||Private not-for-profit||River Forest|
|Wheaton College||12 to 1||2,559||$30,120||Private not-for-profit||Wheaton|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||12 to 1||2,999||$35,203||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Governors State University||12 to 1||4,171||$5,976||Public||University Park|
|Roosevelt University||12 to 1||4,486||$25,950||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Bradley University||12 to 1||5,149||$27,940||Private not-for-profit||Peoria|
|Resurrection University||11 to 1||392||$23,278||Private not-for-profit||Oak Park|
|Illinois College||11 to 1||962||$26,000||Private not-for-profit||Jacksonville|
|Knox College||11 to 1||1,457||$36,138||Private not-for-profit||Galesburg|
|Trinity Christian College||11 to 1||1,594||$23,098||Private not-for-profit||Palos Heights|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||11 to 1||2,105||$37,774||Private not-for-profit||Bloomington|
|Millikin University||11 to 1||2,497||$27,852||Private not-for-profit||Decatur|
|Augustana College||11 to 1||2,737||$34,614||Private not-for-profit||Rock Island|
|Blessing Rieman College of Nursing||10 to 1||292||$18,840||Private not-for-profit||Quincy|
|Blackburn College||10 to 1||591||$17,282||Private not-for-profit||Carlinville|
|Judson University||10 to 1||1,213||$26,220||Private not-for-profit||Elgin|
|School of the Art Institute of Chicago||10 to 1||2,807||$38,340||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Columbia College-Chicago||10 to 1||12,168||$21,200||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Shimer College||9 to 1||138||$26,510||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|VanderCook College of Music||9 to 1||194||$22,776||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Saint Anthony College of Nursing||9 to 1||240||$20,134||Private not-for-profit||Rockford|
|Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences||9 to 1||284||$22,680||Private not-for-profit||Rock Island|
|Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing||9 to 1||468||$15,810||Private not-for-profit||Peoria|
|Rockford University||9 to 1||1,153||$26,210||Private not-for-profit||Rockford|
|Concordia University-Chicago||9 to 1||1,552||$25,942||Private not-for-profit||River Forest|
|Christian Life College||8 to 1||54||$9,440||Private not-for-profit||Mount Prospect|
|Lakeview College of Nursing||8 to 1||393||$12,870||Private not-for-profit||Danville|
|National Louis University||8 to 1||1,870||$18,855||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Northwestern University||7 to 1||11,076||$43,380||Private not-for-profit||Evanston|
|Lexington College||6 to 1||75||$23,500||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|St Johns College||6 to 1||112||$15,030||Private not-for-profit||Springfield|
|National University of Health Sciences||6 to 1||153||$13,987||Private not-for-profit||Lombard|
|University of Chicago||6 to 1||5,518||$43,581||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
|Rush University||5 to 1||106||$32,603||Private not-for-profit||Chicago|
Best for Women in Technology
Studies show that though women have made huge strides in breaking through many professional gender barriers, they remain woefully underrepresented in tech. Many colleges took note and launched initiatives to attract and better support women pursuing degrees in high-tech fields like computer science. Because technology programs are particularly well suited for Web-centered education, some online schools in Illinois have joined the movement to support women majoring in tech domains. They might, for instance, hire more female instructors who can guide and mentor young women, or coordinate special networking or other events especially for them. Approaches vary, but these programs’ commitment to helping women succeed in tech is universal. Here are some of the best online schools in Illinois doing just that.
|TUITION + FEES||CITY||WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED||TOTAL ENROLLMENT||TYPE|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||$14,522||Champaign||444||40,541||Public|
|Northwestern University||$43,779||Evanston||255||17,089||Private Not for Profit|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||$37,969||Chicago||222||6,322||Private Not for Profit|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||$11,528||Carbondale||127||15,814||Public|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||$13,122||Chicago||126||23,041||Public|
|Concordia University-Chicago||$26,476||River Forest||125||1,710||Private Not for Profit|
|Northern Illinois University||$13,066||Dekalb||82||17,448||Public|
|Illinois State University||$12,726||Normal||59||18,825||Public|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||$9,251||Edwardsville||51||10,905||Public|
|Eastern Illinois University||$10,930||Charleston||51||9,257||Public|
|Bradley University||$28,284||Peoria||45||4,970||Private Not for Profit|
|Rush University||N/A||Chicago||44||1,335||Private Not for Profit|
|Western Illinois University||$11,182||Macomb||22||10,386||Public|
|DePaul University||$32,295||Chicago||20||19,029||Private Not for Profit|
|Loyola University Chicago||$34,578||Chicago||18||13,494||Private Not for Profit|
|Lewis University||$25,770||Romeoville||14||3,962||Private Not for Profit|
|Roosevelt University||$25,950||Chicago||13||3,809||Private Not for Profit|
|University of St Francis||$26,924||Joliet||13||1,526||Private Not for Profit|
|Columbia College-Chicago||$21,730||Chicago||12||10,287||Private Not for Profit|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||$8,952||Springfield||8||2,588||Public|
|Robert Morris University Illinois||$22,200||Chicago||7||3,532||Private Not for Profit|
|National Louis University||$18,930||Chicago||7||1,188||Private Not for Profit|
Best Schools Fighting for Families
When it comes to social services emphasizing children and family, Illinois colleges shine by creating some of the strongest educational environments for students earning their social work degree. Many online schools in Illinois offer quality social sciences programs that earn high rankings, hire experienced faculty and offer opportunities for honing field experience within students’ own communities. Professional programs, support groups or special scholarships for online social science students help, too. Here is a list of some of the outstanding online social work programs in Illinois.
|CITY||SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED||WOMEN||MEN||TUITION & FEES||TOTAL ENROLLMENT|
|Loyola University Chicago||Chicago||494||418||76||$34,578||13,494|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago||380||315||65||$13,122||23,041|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign||341||260||81||$14,522||40,541|
|University of Chicago||Chicago||261||210||51||$45,609||12,457|
|Northeastern Illinois University||Chicago||188||153||35||$8,089||5,995|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Carbondale||183||150||33||$11,528||15,814|
|Illinois State University||Normal||156||124||32||$12,726||18,825|
|Northern Illinois University||Dekalb||139||66||73||$13,066||17,448|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Edwardsville||121||100||21||$9,251||10,905|
|Western Illinois University||Macomb||105||75||30||$11,182||10,386|
|Governors State University||University Park||95||83||12||N/A||655|
|Dominican University||River Forest||91||75||16||$27,730||2,272|
|Eastern Illinois University||Charleston||77||46||31||$10,930||9,257|
|Chicago State University||Chicago||57||47||10||$8,558||4,446|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Springfield||53||44||9||$8,952||2,588|
|North Central College||Naperville||36||22||14||$31,071||2,621|
|University of St Francis||Joliet||29||27||2||$26,924||1,526|
|Olivet Nazarene University||Bourbonnais||26||25||1||$28,090||2,921|
|Augustana College||Rock Island||21||16||5||$34,614||2,504|
|National Louis University||Chicago||19||15||4||$18,930||1,188|
|Saint Xavier University||Chicago||18||13||5||$28,110||2,812|
|North Park University||Chicago||14||10||4||$22,150||1,948|
|Concordia University-Chicago||River Forest||12||11||1||$26,476||1,710|
|Trinity Christian College||Palos Heights||12||11||1||$23,513||1,155|
|Saint Augustine College||Chicago||11||10||1||$8,760||1,276|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||Bloomington||9||7||2||$37,954||2,082|