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2023 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois

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  1. #1 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    University of Chicago

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    1223 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says UChicago certainly lives up to the rumors of its academic rigor but it pays off because each of my classes has been full of highly engaged students excited to study and discuss the material!...I’d recommend this college only to students who genuinely enjoy dedicating over 50% of their time to their academics..

    Read 1223 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $36,584,

    SAT Range: 1500-1570,

  2. #3 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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    4 Year,

    URBANA, IL,

    4831 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says As a working adult and someone who is somewhat cautious about recent COVID complications, a program that is online seemed the best route for me. I looked at a lot of different Universities that....

    Read 4831 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 63%,

    Net Price: $13,517,

    SAT Range: 1200-1460,

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  4. #4 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Wheaton College - Illinois

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    4 Year,

    WHEATON, IL,

    661 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I am so grateful for choosing Wheaton. As a freshman, I already feel very at home here. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Wheaton has been extremely intentional about building community. Also, in my....

    Read 661 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 87%,

    Net Price: $27,474,

    SAT Range: 1210-1450,

  5. #5 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Illinois Wesleyan University

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    4 Year,

    BLOOMINGTON, IL,

    620 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Illinois Wesleyan University puts a focus on academics and not partying and I love that! The courses are rigorous, making it the perfect campus for people who love to learn. There is very high job....

    Read 620 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 57%,

    Net Price: $32,545,

    SAT Range: 1100-1300,

  6. #6 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Lake Forest College

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    4 Year,

    LAKE FOREST, IL,

    468 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says This school is amazing! It is an undiscovered gem. The professors are very available and form personal relationships with students because they don't have graduate students to deal with. They know....

    Read 468 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 58%,

    Net Price: $26,968,

    SAT Range: 1020-1240,

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  8. #7 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Illinois Institute of Technology

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    713 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love my university. The people here are very enthusiastic and are good at keeping up with the workload. It makes the fatigue of studying a lot easier on a lot of us. Not to mention it's awesome to....

    Read 713 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 61%,

    Net Price: $28,161,

    SAT Range: 1200-1390,

  9. #8 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Loyola University Chicago

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    3005 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says When it came down to choosing between schools, Loyola ranked very high for me. I remember on October 2nd, I was invited to an orientation/tour of the campus and I absolutely loved the whole....

    Read 3005 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $37,731,

    SAT Range: 1130-1330,

  10. #9 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Augustana College - Illinois

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    4 Year,

    ROCK ISLAND, IL,

    768 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Augustana College is one of the best school's in the Midwest. The campus is beautiful and absolutely stunning with Fall foliage. The unique configuration of the Quad Cities allows for ample off....

    Read 768 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 57%,

    Net Price: $24,233,

  11. #10 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Chicago

    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    3416 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says This is my first academic year at The University of Illinois at Chicago. I transferred to this University after attending to previous institutions. Prior to my time at UIC I didn't enjoy learning....

    Read 3416 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 73%,

    Net Price: $12,614,

    SAT Range: 1030-1250,

  12. #11 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    DePaul University

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    3607 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Based on my experience at DePaul, the academic programs, professors, and students have been amazing! Not only is everyone friendly, but connections between classmates and professors are also quickly...There are events for students to attend on the regular where students can get free university merch, food, and other things. Extracurriculars wise there are so many clubs and organizations to join. I...Other student resources, like tutoring or accessing the alumni network, are also available. These are good options if you need help or insight about your major or help with concepts taught in class....Financially, I think DePaul offers great scholarships, but to get more educational value be engaged and use RateMyProfessor ratings..

    Read 3607 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $33,319,

    SAT Range: 1050-1260,

  13. #13 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Knox College

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    4 Year,

    GALESBURG, IL,

    528 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Being in my third year as a Knox College student, each year that I return to Knox College in the fall reminds me of why I fell in love with the institution in the first place. Being an out-of-state....

    Read 528 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $23,266,

    SAT Range: 1080-1320,

  14. #15 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Western Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    MACOMB, IL,

    1736 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says WIU is proud to be accessible and affordable. In my opinion they exceed that standard. My daughter ran into a difficult situation during her first semester there; a class was held online, her connection didn't allow her to get more than two-thirds of each lecture, and the instructor...The response was swift and positive, and in a matter of a few weeks, my daughter had switched to an in-person section of that class. I am grateful for WIU's clear commitment to students, and I'll be....

    Read 1736 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $15,361,

    SAT Range: 950-1150,

  15. #16 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    North Central College

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    4 Year,

    NAPERVILLE, IL,

    893 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says The small class size was extremely beneficial for me because I tend to get distracted in large class sizes so this allowed me to stay on top of my studies. It also allowed for the development of....

    Read 893 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 53%,

    Net Price: $26,053,

    SAT Range: 1050-1230,

  16. #17 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Eastern Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    CHARLESTON, IL,

    1330 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says In my past 4 years here at EIU, there's been a lot of change. The campus pre-COVID was a completely different atmosphere, a lot more fun and there seemed to be a lot more students out and about. Now,....

    Read 1330 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 56%,

    Net Price: $13,551,

    SAT Range: 960-1140,

  17. #19 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Northern Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    DEKALB, IL,

    2705 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Northern Illinois is a very great and welcoming school. Not only is the college life amazing, so are the academics. If I could recommend a college to anyone NIU would be the first one I bring up not....

    Read 2705 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 59%,

    Net Price: $14,397,

    SAT Range: 940-1170,

  18. #23 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Illinois State University

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    4 Year,

    NORMAL, IL,

    3014 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says At ISU you get a small town vibe, which I personally love about the campus and the town itself. The campus grounds are pretty, especially in the heart of campus in the arboretum. Professors here are....

    Read 3014 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 81%,

    Net Price: $20,933,

    SAT Range: 1020-1220,

  19. #24 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Springfield

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    4 Year,

    SPRINGFIELD, IL,

    482 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says I appreciate the schools' communicative and relationship skills. The school hasexceptional lecturers who are not only good in teaching but treat proper relationship with students and other members of staff as paramount. University of Illinois Springfield is very accommodating as they are always open to receive students from all parts of the world irrespective of their race, religion, culture and beliefs and background. University of Illinois offers several courses and has three branches located at Springfield, Urbana and Chicago. This gives room to accommodate more students. University of Illinois Springfield is located in the heart of the Illinois town and has so many beautiful....

    Read 482 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 77%,

    Net Price: $11,628,

    SAT Range: 980-1190,

  20. #25 Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois.

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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    4 Year,

    CARBONDALE, IL,

    2030 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Going to college at SIUC has been so wonderful. The beauty that Southern Illinois has to offer really sealed the deal for me, I enjoy hiking on the weekends and whenever I need a good study break.....

    Read 2030 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 92%,

    Net Price: $15,638,

    SAT Range: 930-1180,

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