Top Universities in Illinois

Illinois has some of the very best national universities in the US. According to the US News & World Report rankings, five Illinois universities are placed at Tier 1 with three rated in the Top 40 nationally: University of Chicago is ranked 8th nationally in 2009, followed by Northwestern University (12th), University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign (40th), Illinois Institute of Technology (102nd) and Loyola University Chicago (116th).

Aurora University is a private liberal arts college offering four-year undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. Many of its faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.

Benedictine University is ranked 37th among more than 140 schools classified as “Best Universities – Master's” in the Midwest, according to the 2008 figures published by U.S. News & World Report.

Bradley University is recognized as the top Illinois university of its type and No. 6 overall among Midwest universities providing a full range of undergraduate and master's programs (US News 2010).

Chicago State University is Chicago's oldest, fully accredited public university. It has a Division of Continuing Education and Non-Traditional Programs that offer extension courses, distance learning, and not-for-credit programs.

Concordia University Chicago is recognized as a top tier Master's university in the Midwest (USNWR 2010). It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

DePaul University was the only Illinois university honored for service learning by U.S.News & World Report in its “America's Best Colleges 2009” edition of the top 25 service learning programs in the nation.

DeVry University is one of North America's largest degree-granting institutions offering programs in technology, science, business, the arts, and management.

East-West University is one of the most ethnically diverse comprehensive universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges.

Eastern Illinois University is one of The Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges. It is consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges and universities in its class by U.S. News.

Governors State University is rated 90th in the US News Ranking of Best Occupational Therapy Schools (2009). GSU is home to the nationally recognized Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.

Illinois Institute of Technology is ranked as the 102nd best college in US News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2009".

Illinois State University is recognized as one of the ten largest producers of teachers among American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education institutions.

Loyola University Chicago holds the esteemed Carnegie-classification of research-intensive university. It is one of the largest of the 28 Jesuit universities and colleges in the United States.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA).

Northwestern University Law School is rated 5th in the Percentage of Graduates Hired by NLJ 250 firms (National Law Journal 2009).

Northern Illinois University is included in the Research Universities (high research activity) category of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Rush University College of Nursing is placed in the top 5% of nursing schools with graduate programs (USNWR 2009). It is only one of two Illinois schools ranked in the top twenty.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is ranked among Illinois' most comprehensive public universities, offering a full range of degree programs from the bachelor's to the doctoral level.

Saint Xavier University is recognized as one of the top 40 comprehensive master's universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2009.

The Society for New Communications Research recognized University of Illinois at Springfield with their Award for Excellence in Online Reputation Management (2008).

University of Illinois - Chicago is ranked among the global top 200 institutions in the ARWU 2009 league table released by the Institute of Higher Education in Shanghai.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is rated 16th in undergraduate entrepreneurial programs and 21st in graduate entrepreneurial programs by Entrepreneur magazine (2007).

Western Illinois University is placed 15th among all public Master's universities in the Midwest for the 2010 school year by US News.

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