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Key facts:


State population


Top 4 cities

Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet

Number of Universities/Colleges


Number of International students in the state


Leading places of origin for International students

China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan

Highest number of International students

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (10,843)


Illinois Institute of Technology (4,733)


Northwestern University (3,949)


University of Illinois - Chicago (3,734)


University of Chicago (3,378)

Universities and Colleges in Illinois


This is the first University Finder/College Search that is customized to the search criteria of prospective international students. Great for both international students and US students.


In order to simplify and declutter the search & review process, the growing international student community has increasingly requested a platform for searching and reviewing only “real” and “normal” US universities and college (meaning, traditional universities/colleges) that are not “too small” in terms of student population. In Study Destination USA’s customized list of universities & colleges in Illinois you will find:


  • Only accredited US universities and colleges offering a variety of degrees
  • Only Universities & Colleges with a minimum of 1,000 enrolled students
  • No online universities or colleges
  • No for-profit universities or colleges
  • No language schools
  • No vocational schools (aviation, culinary etc.)
  • No religious seminars
  • No military universities/colleges/academies
  • Only traditional ("normal") US universities and colleges


Only available at Study Destination USA, this is a helpful list of US universities and colleges for both US students and international students intending to study for a bachelor's, master's or doctorate (PhD) degree in Illinois. Since these are traditional universities and colleges offering a variety of degrees, you are very likely to find that most, if not all, offer popular degrees at bachelor, master, and PhD level, such as Business and Management degrees, Engineering degrees, Math and Computer Science degrees, Social Sciences degrees, Physical and Life Science degrees, and Health & Medicine degrees.


Click or tap on one of the links below to be redirected to the institution's official home page. Find your university or college in Illinois today and start preparing your application. US students are equally welcome to review our customized list of universities and colleges.

Universities and Colleges in Illinois








Roosevelt University

Augustana College

John A Logan College

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Aurora University

John Wood Community College

Rush University


Joliet Junior College



Judson University


Benedictine University


Saint Anthony College of Nursing

Black Hawk College


Saint Augustine College

Blackburn College

Kankakee Community College

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Bradley University

Kaskaskia College

Saint John's College - Springfield


Kendall College

Saint Xavier University


Kishwaukee College

Sauk Valley Community College

Carl Sandburg College

Knox College

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chamberlain College of Nursing


Shawnee Community College

Chicago State University


Shimer College

City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College

Lake Forest College

SOLEX College

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College

Lake Land College

South Suburban College

City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College

Lakeview College of Nursing

Southeastern Illinois College

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College

Lewis and Clark Community College

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College

Lewis University

Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College

Lexington College

Southwestern Illinois College

City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College

Lincoln Christian University

Spoon River College

College of DuPage

Lincoln College


College of Lake County

Lincoln Land Community College


Columbia College Chicago

Loyola University Chicago

Toyota Technological Institute - Chicago

Concordia University - Chicago


Trinity Christian College



Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences


MacCormac College

Trinity International University

Danville Area Community College

MacMurray College

Triton College

DePaul University

McHenry County College



McKendree University



Midstate College

University of Chicago

Eastern Illinois University

Midwestern University

University of Illinois - Chicago

East-West University

Millikin University

University of Illinois - Springfield

Elgin Community College

Monmouth College

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Elmhurst College

Moraine Valley Community College

University of St. Francis

Erikson Institute

Morton College


Eureka College





VanderCook College of Music


National University of Health Sciences



National-Louis University



North Central College

Waubonsee Community College

Governors State University

North Park University

Western Illinois University

Greenville College

Northeastern Illinois University

Wheaton College


Northern Illinois University



Northwestern University


Harper College



Harrington College of Design



Heartland Community College

Oakton Community College


Highland Community College

Olivet Nazarene University








Illinois Central College

Parkland College


Illinois College

Prairie State College


Illinois College of Optometry

Principia College


Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Frontier Community College



Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Lincoln Trail College



Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Olney Central College

Quincy University


Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley College



Illinois Institute of Art



Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg

Rend Lake College


Illinois Institute of Technology

Richland Community College


Illinois State University

Robert Morris University - Illinois


Illinois Valley Community College

Rock Valley College


Illinois Wesleyan University

Rockford College


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