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Top Colleges in Illinois for 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

Browse Online Colleges in Illinois
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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 University of Illinois at Springfield Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
99.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 University of St Francis Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
95.93
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Concordia University-Chicago Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
48
OVERALL SCORE
94.11
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Lewis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
93.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
31
OVERALL SCORE
90.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
6 National Louis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
88.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Lincoln Christian University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
88.77
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Olivet Nazarene University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
87.11
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Eastern Illinois University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
84.36
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    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
79.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Greenville University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
79.07
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Benedictine University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
78.3
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 McKendree University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
77.81
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
14 Western Illinois University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
73.24
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 Roosevelt University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
72.85
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Illinois Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
72.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Aurora University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
71.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Dominican University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
71.42
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 DeVry University-Illinois Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
95%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
39
OVERALL SCORE
70.32
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 University of Illinois at Chicago Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
68.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
21 DePaul University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
67.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Illinois State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
66.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
23 Bradley University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
63.27
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
24 Loyola University Chicago Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
61.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Chicago State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
57.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Quincy University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
57.65
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Moody Bible Institute Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
55.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
28 Elmhurst College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
55.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Judson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
54.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 American InterContinental University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
50.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 North Park University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
50
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
47.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
33 Saint Xavier University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
47.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Chamberlain University-Illinois Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
95%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
42.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Carl Sandburg College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
37.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
36 Southeastern Illinois College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
37.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Lincoln Land Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
36.89
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Northwestern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
31.83
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
39 Trinity International University-Illinois Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
31.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Olney Central College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
24.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 Millikin University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
23.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Kaskaskia College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
22.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 North Central College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
0%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
21.31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Madison Media Institute-Rockford Career College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
21.15
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Kendall College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
80%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
19.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Waubonsee Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
15.31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 MacMurray College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
13.38
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
48 John Wood Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
13.27
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Black Hawk College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
9.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 William Rainey Harper College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
9.25
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2017-18 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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