Largest Universities in Illinois

The largest universities in Illinois are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, among others.

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) is a leading public research university in the state of Illinois. It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. It is highly regarded as one of the nation's premier public universities, offering a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Northern Illinois University is the second-largest public university in the state. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is one of the largest foreign language departments in the country. In terms of majors and undergraduate degrees granted per year, the Department of Geography is the largest geography program in the state. Its undergraduate program in meteorology is the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in Illinois and one of the largest undergraduate-only meteorology programs in North America.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the largest university in the Chicago area and the largest medical school in the USA. The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest and most active departments at UIC, offering undergraduate and graduate training opportunities in all major areas of biology, including molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, neuroscience, ecology, and evolution.

DePaul University is the eighth largest private, not-for-profit university in the nation. Of the 10 biggest private universities, all except DePaul are classified as "research extensive" universities, making DePaul the nation's largest university with a primary mission of teaching and service.

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