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Online Schools in Illinois

Article Sources
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  • QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, accessed December 29, 2016, http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00
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  • School pages, accessed December 30, 2016: Digital Teaching and Learning, The University of Chicago, https://online.uchicago.edu/page/online-courses-university-chicago; Online Programs, DePaul University, http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/onlinelearning/Pages/OnlinePrograms.aspx;
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The nearly 300 traditional and online schools and colleges in Illinois offer a wide variety of programs for students to choose from, in terms of academic degrees as well as vocational and professional training.

Here's a quick table to give you an idea of just how many of each different type of institution is represented among Illinois schools, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit64205466
Private for-profit253813411
Public14526514

Students at certain Illinois schools may have more access to secondary academic services than others, thanks in part to them having a local economy that's better able to support educational amenities. Here's data from the NCES and U.S. Census Bureau to show where the highest concentrations of students live and work, which may suggest access to helpful peripheral services:

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Chicago2,717,534233,9638.61 percent 35.6 percent
Champaign84,00826,16131.14 percent 51.4 percent
Evanston75,60313,93318.43 percent 66.4 percent
DeKalb43,48313,86431.88 percent 37 percent
Carbondale26,19212,39447.32 percent 48.3 percent
Aurora200,61412,3176.14 percent 31.1 percent
Charleston21,5528,11637.66 percent 34.6 percent
  • According to a report published by The College Board in 2016, students at Illinois schools pay an average of $13,278 per year for tuition and fees at colleges and universities in the state.
  • Several institutions reported higher or lower average tuition than that statewide figure, however &mdash: St. Augustine College in Chicago, for example, charged students a yearly tuition and fees amount of $9,840 in 2016-17, while students at the nationally renowned University of Chicago paid annual tuition and fees of $52,491 the same year.

Online education in Illinois

Whether you're a busy city dweller who needs a flexible schedule or a rural resident who wants to get an education without a large daily commute each way, the prospect of online programs in Illinois might be the break you're looking for. Take a look at this rundown of schools of each type that offer online programs in Illinois:

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit6 - 65
Public6 - 88
Private for-profit3133

Ranking information for traditional and online schools in Illinois

National and global education rankings associations have taken notice of certain campus-based and online colleges in Illinois, as well. Here's some info on the highest-rated Illinois schools for 2016-17:

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Rank Category Ranking Agency
No. 8 Global Universities Center for World University Rankings
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Rank Category Ranking Agency
No. 21 Global Universities Center for World University Rankings
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Rank Category Ranking Agency
No. 44 (tie) National Universities U.S. News & World Report
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Rank Category Ranking Agency
No. 27 (tie) Best National Universities for Veterans U.S. News & World Report
ELMHURST COLLEGE
Rank Category Ranking Agency
No. 10 Regional Universities (Midwest) U.S. News & World Report

Top degree programs at online colleges in Illinois

U.S. News & World Report publishes yearly lists of the top degree programs in the country for online students, and Illinois schools have made some strong showings in 2016. Here's a quick list of some of the best degrees available at online colleges in Illinois:

ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Rank Degree program Highlights
No. 3 Graduate nursing For three years running, the National League for Nursing has designated SXU as one of only nine Centers for Excellence in Nursing Education in the U.S.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Rank Degree program Highlights
No. 4 Online bachelor's programs Top-rated bachelor's degree completion programs for students who have already earned 60 or more credit hours offer 100 percent online content on a rolling admissions schedule at this Chicago school.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
Rank Degree program Highlights
No. 5 Teacher education NIU offers 24-hour technical support for students in its online programs and scored a 91 out of 100 for the training and credentials of its graduate faculty in teacher education.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD
Rank Degree program Highlights
No. 18 (tie) Graduate business (non-MBA) Online graduate business programs at UIS are taught by the same faculty as its traditional degrees and feature curriculum requirements identical to their campus-based counterparts.

Industries and degrees to get in Illinois

Current analyses of the Illinois economy project just under 6 percent growth across all occupational sectors statewide, according to the Illinois Department of Economic Security (IDES), but certain occupations are expected to see an increase significantly larger than that of the state's job market at large. Here's a table of some of the top careers for graduates of Illinois schools:

Operations research analyst
Why it's hot
Degree information
Analytics has taken the occupational world by storm in the last decade or so, and professionals who know how to solve business problems with mathematical and statistical methods are in high demand on today's job market. IDES figures predict an employment increase of 33.2 percent for operations research analyst positions by 2024, and the BLS reports an average annual wage of $86,200 for operations analysts in Illinois in 2015. Entry-level positions in operations research are typically accessible to candidates with bachelor's degrees in engineering, computer science, math and other quantitative fields. A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), however, indicates that most operations researchers hold master's degrees in similarly analytical disciplines. Dedicated degree plans in operations research and analysis can be found, but they are rare.
Software developer
Why it's hot
Degree information
Software development is one of the tech jobs skyrocketing nationally in the 21st century, and Illinois is no exception to the trend. Systems software developers should see 22.8 percent employment growth over the next several years, and applications development positions are projected to grow by 26.2 percent in the same period. The positions also pay rather well, reporting 2015 average salaries of $104,860 and $91,020, respectively. Pinning down the minimum employment requirement for a software development career can be tricky, but it's safe to say that candidates with at least a bachelor's degree are more likely to attract attention from employers than those without a college education. Computer science, computer programming, software engineering, information technology and informatics are among the most relevant study plans for aspiring software developers.
Cartographer
Why it's hot
Degree information
Mapmaking was a popular career track four or five centuries ago, and it's back in the spotlight in a big way in the age of Big Data. Skilled cartographers are expected to see employment growth of 24.4 percent in Illinois between 2014 and 2024, according to IDES numbers, and only six other states reported higher average cartography salaries than the mean annual 2015 wage total of $72,800 reported in the Prairie State. Most professional cartographers have a degree in a field related to the earth sciences, such as geography, surveying, geomatics or geographic information systems (GIS). Some coursework in computer science, mathematics, remote sensing, geodata and map literacy can be especially helpful, and going on to earn a master's degree in geography or cartography may increase your prospects for employment.
Physical therapist
Why it's hot
Degree information
Rehabilitative medicine plays an important role in the health care system, and physical therapists are among the most highly trained personnel in that vital field. Jobs for physical therapists are expected to increase 20.2 percent by 2024, partially because of increased public access to therapeutic procedures, and the field reported a statewide average salary of $85,210 in 2015. Physical therapist assistant jobs are also expected to grow by 22.3 percent between 2014 and 2024. Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree before they can officially practice their art, but it's possible to get experience in the field before completing the full-fledged professional education required for licensure. Physical therapist assistants usually need just a two-year associate degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program before they can begin delivering care under a licensed therapist's supervision.

Featured schools in Illinois

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Some of the degrees available at traditional and online schools in Illinois have been recognized as standing among the best in the country in their discipline. Check out this list of campus-based and online programs taught in Illinois schools that ranked especially well on recent reports:

Institution Name
Online Degrees?
Top Programs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teacher education (on campus and online), library and information studies, computer science, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering (on campus and online), veterinary medicine, biological sciences, math, history, English, statistics, social work, political science, sociology, economics

University of Chicago

Economics, business, law, primary care medicine, medical research, chemistry, physics, English, history, political science, public affairs, social work, sociology, statistics, math, computer science, earth sciences, biological sciences, fine arts, psychology

University of Illinois at Chicago

Pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, engineering (on campus and online), teacher education (on campus and online), medical research, graduate nursing, nursing doctorate, nursing midwifery, health care management

Loyola University Chicago

Graduate nursing, nursing doctorate, health care law, part-time MBA, teacher education, biological sciences, psychology, social work, primary care medicine

DePaul University

DePaul University

Law, business, graduate nursing, nursing anesthesia, clinical psychology, public affairs, social work, teacher education, computer science

Illinois State University

Audiology, speech-language pathology, nursing (on campus and online), biological sciences, English, psychology, social work

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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