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#1 Best Colleges in Chicago Area
- 4 Year
- Evanston, IL
- Rating 3.68 out of 5 1,414 reviews
Freshman: Northwestern is definitely an academically rigorous school, but the amount of resources provided to its students makes success attainable. The Northwestern faculty goes above and beyond to ensure that their students have the support they need, not only to promote strong academics, but also all facets of health. Also, the student body at Northwestern is incredible! Everyone is extremely kind and inclusive. Thus, despite the rigor of the classes at NU--and the stress that such rigor entails--I have had such a positive experience that has made it all worth it!
- 9% Acceptance Rate
- $26,196 Net Price
- 1440-1550 SAT Range
Illinois Institute of Technology
#5 Best Colleges in Chicago Area
- 4 Year
- Chicago, IL
- Rating 3.49 out of 5 686 reviews
Freshman: 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 take an adventure to Chicago every weekend since it is so close to us and they give a ton of money in scholarships. When they say don't apply to schools because they have low tuition, they are totally right! IIT had the highest tuition for me when applying, but it ended up being the cheapest school to attend because of my scholarship award. It is amazing for its value too. Since the school is only 3000 undergraduate students it is a lot easier for you to get an opportunity in research or in other student organizations compared to being at a university with 40000 students. The experience is something so much better than you can imagine and you really feel like you are making a difference. I also have never had an issue with safety which is always a perk :))
- 60% Acceptance Rate
- $26,708 Net Price
- 1190-1400 SAT Range
#9 Best Colleges in Chicago Area
- 4 Year
- Valparaiso, IN
- Rating 3.54 out of 5 1,085 reviews
Alum: I had a wonderful experience studying at Valparaiso University. Not only did I study things I cared about with very distinguished professors and like-minded peers, but I gained confidence in my ability to craft a life that I enjoy living! I only wish I had gained a larger network, and learned better how to use networking skills to find and advance my career.
- 86% Acceptance Rate
- $21,824 Net Price
- 1070-1290 SAT Range
University of Illinois at Chicago
#10 Best Colleges in Chicago Area
- 4 Year
- Chicago, IL
- Rating 3.62 out of 5 3,261 reviews
Senior: It was horrible! At least it was when I was majoring in Engineering Physics. Engineering Orientation taught me many things, but didn’t teach me any tips or tricks for EP. For our one advisor, they couldn’t help guide us by explaining the Technical Electives we could take. Most courses I took were uninteresting and difficult. After a year, I took a semester off. I transferred to Computer Science. This became substantially better for me and my experience at UIC. Though, for some reason, advisors are still an issue. The courses are great; the professors are fun/strict/and at times flexible; the atmosphere of CS is refreshing and gives a type of welcoming energy. The TAs and Grad TAs I’ve met are experienced and know what they’re talking about!
I rate my experience at the University of Illinois at Chicago 4 stars for giving me life lessons, Engineering Physics and Computer Science knowledge, and exposing me to numerous connections via student or company.
- 73% Acceptance Rate
- $12,322 Net Price
- 1030-1260 SAT Range
Purdue University Northwest
- 4 Year
- Hammond, IN
- Rating 3.52 out of 5 1,432 reviews
Freshman: I enjoy the overall experience of college. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunate that I cannot interact with the students as much as I would like. As a freshman, it is important to make connections, but it is not very safe at this time.
I like the Professors, who helped me so much during the semester,
I also like the campus itself, with beautiful plants outside, and nice study areas inside.
What could be changed is the nice staff and lower-priced food; I have encountered faculty members who are not very pleasant, and that is disappointing for a first-year student. I understand that people have bad days (I have many), but working in a field where you are interacting with other people lends itself to at least being pleasant. Also, money for college students is hard to come by as is, and lower-priced food would be beneficial. A nitpick, but important.
In closing, I feel that this school is a great campus, and I am looking forward to completing my work here!
- 29% Acceptance Rate
- $10,157 Net Price
- 980-1160 SAT Range