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|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Biology,Business,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|North Park University||Business,Engineering,Family/ Consumer Sciences||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Lexington College||Culinary Arts,Hospitality,Travel and Tourism||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||Architecture,Electrical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Chicago||Business,Education,Liberal Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Loyola University Chicago||Business Administration,Social Sciences,Visual/Performance Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Columbia College Chicago||Business,Communications/ Journalism,Visual/Performing Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Western Illinois University||Exercise Physiology,Journalism/ Mass Communication,Nursing||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Moraine Valley Community College||Business,Health,Liberal Arts||Public||>10,000||Request Info|