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Top Colleges in Illinois for 2018-19

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2018-19. 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.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
96.47
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 University of Illinois at Springfield Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
27
OVERALL SCORE
95.86
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 University of St Francis Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
93.66
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Concordia University-Chicago Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
36
OVERALL SCORE
92.55
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 National Louis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
92.5
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Lewis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
87.64
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 DeVry University-Illinois Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
93%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
83.67
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Benedictine University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
82.79
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Lincoln Christian University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
81.91
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Olivet Nazarene University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
77.5
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
75.18
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 DePaul University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
74.68
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Dominican University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
74.63
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Illinois Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
73.91
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15 Eastern Illinois University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
72.81
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    Career Counseling Services
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16 Greenville College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
69.5
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 Elmhurst College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
67.18
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Western Illinois University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
65.75
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Moody Bible Institute Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
63.93
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
20 McKendree University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
63.71
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
21 Chicago State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
59.85
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Aurora University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
58.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Illinois State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
58.19
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
24 Loyola University Chicago Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
55.32
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 University of Illinois at Chicago Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
55.27
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
26 Judson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
49.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Quincy University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
47.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 North Park University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
46.28
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Northwestern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
45.28
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
30 Methodist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
43.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
37.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Saint Xavier University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
35.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
95%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
35.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Spoon River College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
34.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Lincoln Land Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
31.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
36 Roosevelt University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
31.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Bradley University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
30.17
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    Placement Services
38 American InterContinental University-Online Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
29.45
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Highland Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
21.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Trinity Christian College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
21.29
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41 Trinity International University-Illinois Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
16.99
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Southeastern Illinois College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
16.44
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    Career Counseling Services
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43 Black Hawk College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
16.05
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Carl Sandburg College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
14.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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45 Lake Land College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
13.57
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Olney Central College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
13.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 John Wood Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
12.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Sauk Valley Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
12.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Shawnee Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
9.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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50 Illinois Central College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
9.1
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    Career Counseling Services
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    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 2016-17 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 2016-17 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) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,