Best Online Schools in Illinois for 2017

San Francisco (PR WEB) February 25, 2017 - The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Illinois. Of the four-year schools that were ranked, 35 made the list with Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and DePaul University positioned as the top five. Illinois’ top 19 two-year schools were also included on the list, with Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Kaskaskia College, Harper College and Waubonsee Community College coming in as the top five.

“As online programs become more readily available at Illinois schools, the options for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule become more difficult to choose from,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list have proven themselves to be the most high-quality options for an online education in Illinois.”

To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Illinois colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, total online program offerings and financial aid availability.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

The Best Online Four-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • Chicago State University
  • Concordia University-Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Governors State University
  • Greenville College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Judson University
  • Lewis University
  • Lincoln Christian University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • MacMurray College
  • McKendree University
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • National Louis University
  • North Park University
  • Northwestern University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Quincy University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rush University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsvilley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfieldy
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of St Francis
  • Western Illinois University
Illinois' Best Online Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Frontier Community College
  • Harper College
  • Illinois Central College
  • John A. Logan College
  • John Wood Community College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Kaskaskia College
  • Lincoln Trail College
  • McHenry County College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Olney Central College
  • Richland Community College
  • Shawnee Community College
  • Southeastern Illinois College
  • Wabash Valley College
  • Waubonsee Community College

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