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2024 Top Public Universities in Illinois

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  1. #1 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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    4 Year,

    CHAMPAIGN, IL,

    4992 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The student life at the University of Illinois is full of experiences that I will never forget. The vibrant night life and impressive academics make the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign a....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 60%,

    Net Price: $14,272,

    SAT Range: 1320-1510,

  2. #2 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    University of Illinois Chicago

    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    3570 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I really love UIC! I think my experiences in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and the Honors College have played a huge role in why I love it here. They're both smaller, so it feels....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $10,725,

    SAT Range: 1080-1310,

  3. #4 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    Western Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    MACOMB, IL,

    1785 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Macomb can be a pretty boring town unless you like going out, so if that’s something that could be a problem for you please keep that in mind while choosing a college. If the bar/party scene isn’t your thing the boring town actually helps as far as getting you to focus. There are a lot of clubs and events at the University to keep you busy as well. There is also an...A lot of the professors are extremely well educated, however there seems to be a shortage in several departments. This causes several classes that the course catalog says are available to not...There have been tensions between the students and the “townies,” especially when it comes to race. While it’s disappointing, the reality is that Macomb is tiny town in rural Illinois and....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $11,666,

    SAT Range: 950-1150,

  4. #5 Top Public Universities 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,

  5. #6 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    Illinois State University

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    4 Year,

    NORMAL, IL,

    3137 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Illinois State University (ISU) provided me with an enriching academic journey marked by diverse experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth. One of the aspects I appreciated....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 92%,

    Net Price: $21,033,

    SAT Range: 1000-1200,

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  7. #7 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    Eastern Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    CHARLESTON, IL,

    1360 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says After transferring to Eastern from a community college, I was nervous about the transition. However, my experience at Eastern has been nothing but amazing! The professors in the Department of Public...The campus is beautiful, safe, and has so many wonderful opportunities for connecting with other students. There are events nearly everyday, a variety of clubs, and ways to connect beyond the....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $13,669,

    SAT Range: 900-1140,

  8. #8 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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    4 Year,

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL,

    1720 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..

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 98%,

    Net Price: $15,519,

    SAT Range: 920-1160,

  9. #9 Top Public Universities 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....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 48%,

    Net Price: $4,846,

    SAT Range: 750-1030,

  10. #11 Top Public Universities in Illinois.

    Northern Illinois University

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    4 Year,

    DEKALB, IL,

    2779 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says It is a nice college, very diverse. If you are American and have a hard time understanding accents, brush up or choose a different university. There is always something going on, as I am sure there....

    Read 2779 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $13,265,

    SAT Range: 940-1170,

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