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2024 Best Value Colleges in Illinois

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  1. #1 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Northwestern University

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    4 Year,

    EVANSTON, IL,

    1481 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Northwestern has an incredible network of professors who are preforming cutting-edge work in all their fields. Impressively, after an entire undergrad career there is only one professor who I would....

    Read 1481 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $29,999,

    SAT Range: 1470-1570,

  2. #2 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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    4 Year,

    CHAMPAIGN, IL,

    4983 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The campus itself is huge and full of life, and it might take some time to get familiar with everything. But that's part of the adventure, right? The engineering and computer science programs here....

    Read 4983 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 60%,

    Net Price: $14,272,

    SAT Range: 1320-1510,

  3. #3 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Chicago

    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    3556 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I really like UIC in many ways. This is a great school in the fact that everyone is connected and treats everyone in the kindest way your will always find people to help you in any way possible and I....

    Read 3556 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $10,725,

    SAT Range: 1080-1310,

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  5. #4 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    University of Chicago

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    1290 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says At UChicago, I found the ideal blend of rigorous academics, preprofessional resources, and an extensive alumni network, which has paved the way for my dream job in private equity investment post...The academic program here is intellectually stimulating, challenging me to think critically and hone analytical skills. Collaborations with Booth Business School and the Harris School of Public...The university's preprofessional support at Career Advancement Office has been outstanding, guiding me through internships and career development. The alumni network, filled with successful...The University of Chicago has been the perfect launchpad for my education and career development, and I never regret taking the offer during RD a few years back..

    Read 1290 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 6%,

    Net Price: $33,727,

    SAT Range: 1510-1580,

  6. #5 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    University of St. Francis - Illinois

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    4 Year,

    JOLIET, IL,

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

    Featured Review: Freshman says My overall experience in this school has been amazing. With the amount of support and connections you make with your peers and professors, you feel like you are a part of one big family. Since it is....

    Read 340 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $16,949,

    SAT Range: 920-1170,

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  8. #9 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Springfield

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    4 Year,

    SPRINGFIELD, IL,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says My experience at the University of Illinois Springfield has been amazing. It is a very welcoming community. I like how small the classes are, leading to a closer relationship with a professor. They....

    Read 499 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $11,965,

    SAT Range: 990-1250,

  9. #10 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Elmhurst University

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    4 Year,

    ELMHURST, IL,

    1118 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says As an international student, my experience at Elmhurst University has been excellent. When I was accepted, Elmhurst was so generous that they offered me scholarships covering up to 50% of my tuition,....

    Read 1118 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $24,018,

    SAT Range: 1000-1220,

  10. #11 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Lewis University

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    4 Year,

    ROMEOVILLE, IL,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am still currently in my freshman year at Lewis but will be a sophomore in the following school year. I live nearby to the school but decided to dorm at Lewis for an opportunity to get involved....

    Read 946 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $18,312,

    SAT Range: 1050-1240,

  11. #14 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Bradley University

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    4 Year,

    PEORIA, IL,

    1239 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says You will see many familiar faces. Especially those with the same major as you as you will take the same classes together over the course of four years. Some professors teach multiple classes so you....

    Read 1239 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $25,312,

    SAT Range: 1060-1280,

  12. #15 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Western Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    MACOMB, IL,

    1781 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Western Illinois University is overall a good choice for Illinois (and some Iowa) students. The largest issues I’ve had academically would be a lack of availability with some of the classes listed in...Some positives; the online program has actually been really great. I was surprised at how smoothly WesternOnline works. Additionally, the majority of professors are extremely well credentialed, have...There are two campuses but the Macomb one is the main campus and far more developed. The town of Macomb itself ow very small and there isn’t much to do. Which is good if you need that to focus, but...The Moline campus is nice but doesn’t seem like a full university campus; however the Quad Cities would be a better location for students who want that busier city like location..

    Read 1781 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $11,666,

    SAT Range: 950-1150,

  13. #21 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Illinois State University

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    4 Year,

    NORMAL, IL,

    3131 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I have completed my first semester at Illinois State University and I am very pleased with the experience. ISU provides both lecture based classrooms and interactive based classrooms due to the....

    Read 3131 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 92%,

    Net Price: $21,033,

    SAT Range: 1000-1200,

  14. #22 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Lake Forest College

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    4 Year,

    LAKE FOREST, IL,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I had a great experience at LFC! The location is very local at first, but I grew to love it and take advantage of how gorgeous Lake Forest is. You kind of have to see with a Gilmore girls kind of....

    Read 486 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 64%,

    Net Price: $25,126,

  15. #23 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Eastern Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    CHARLESTON, IL,

    1355 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Eastern Illinois University has provided me an excellent experience in my studies so far. The professors I've had for classes have all showed a lot of care in my successes, and they genuinely want me....

    Read 1355 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $13,669,

    SAT Range: 900-1140,

  16. #24 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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    4 Year,

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL,

    1719 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I love and dislike SIUe. Most of the professors are good at what they do in the department I am graduating from. It's not an impossible school to graduate from in term of academics, but it gives you...I really like the campus. Many new students want a big city life, but I personally love that SIUe is surrounded by calming and peaceful nature instead.Overall I am glad to be graduating from here..

    Read 1719 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 98%,

    Net Price: $15,519,

    SAT Range: 920-1160,

  17. #25 Best Value Colleges in Illinois.

    Chicago State University

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    650 Niche users give it an average review of 3.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says One of the biggest challenges that I have faced during my college career is being social, getting out there making friends and or getting involved at my university. Being a pandemic high school....

    Read 650 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 48%,

    Net Price: $4,846,

    SAT Range: 750-1030,

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