Located in the Midwestern United States, Illinois has a total population of 12,882,135 (2010 US Census). It borders Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Springfield is the state capital, while Chicago is the largest city in the state and the third largest in the nation. Other major cities in Illinois include Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville and Peoria.
Illinois has one of the largest and most diverse economies in the country. Its economy ranks fifth in the nation in terms of size. A major logistics hub, Illinois is home to the nation’s largest inland transportation port. Agriculture remains a major industry, along with food processing, manufacturing, energy, life sciences and services.
Manufacturing is the number one industry in Illinois, accounting for approximately 13 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, and employing over 577,000 workers (or nearly 10 percent of the state’s total workforce).
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Illinois, contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|Southern Illinois Univesity Carbondale||Business,Health,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|DePaul University||Communications,Economics,History||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Northern Illinois University||Business,Education||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Elementary Education/ Teaching,Mechanical Engineering,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Knox College||Creative Writing,Education,Psychology||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|DeVry University: Online||Biology,Communications,Economics||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Lake Forest College||Business,Communications,Economics||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|College of DuPage||Health,Liberal Arts,Security/ Protective Services||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Kendal College||Business,Culinary Services,Education||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Biology,Business,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|