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Report: Best colleges in Illinois for 2021

WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories.
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Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 6:01 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and colleges adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2021′s Best College & University Rankings report.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Illinois

1. Northwestern University

2. University of Chicago

3. Illinois Institute of Technology

4. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

5. University of St. Francis

6. Illinois Wesleyan University

7. Wheaton College

8. North Park University

9. Bradley University

10. Olivet Nazarene University

School Snapshot: Northwestern University (1 = Best; 21 = Average; 41 = Worst):

  • 2nd – Admission Rate
  • 40th – Net Cost
  • 2nd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 11th – On-Campus Crime
  • 5th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: University of Chicago (1 = Best; 21 = Average; 41 = Worst):

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 41st – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 6th – On-Campus Crime
  • 2nd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Illinois Institute of Technology (1 = Best; 21 = Average; 41 = Worst):

  • 17th – Admission Rate
  • 34th – Net Cost
  • 17th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 32nd – On-Campus Crime
  • 8th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 8th – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports, visit:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall

Best Colleges

Best Universities

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