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194 Colleges
37,535 Yearly Graduations
$65,997 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,380 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Illinois is ranked #4 in the country with 37,535 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $16,499 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $18,231 a year.

An estimated 53% of college students in Illinois take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,095 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Lake Land College

Mattoon, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,651 Yearly Degrees
$8,104 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,862 students at Lake Land College in total, 1,928 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

10% of Lake Land College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,669 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lake Land College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,503 Yearly Degrees
$9,942 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,199 students at Harper College in total, 4,405 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 4% of students at Harper College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,297 a year. Harper College has a 7.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Harper College is $31,000.

#3

College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,440 Yearly Degrees
$9,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,854 students at College of Lake County in total, 3,966 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,033 a year. College of Lake County has a 7.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,800 during the early-career years.

#4

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,416 Yearly Degrees
$9,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,255 full-time undergraduates at COD, and 21,010 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,805 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from COD is $29,500.

#5

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,221 Yearly Degrees
$15,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at DeVry University - Illinois is 20,832, of which 17,174 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,979 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at DeVry University - Illinois is 4.2 years.

About 44% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 89% of students at DeVry University - Illinois take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,676 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DeVry University - Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,184 Yearly Degrees
$11,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,785 full-time undergraduates at Malcolm X College, and 7,273 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 1% of students at Malcolm X College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,159 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Malcolm X College is $19,700.

#7

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,138 Yearly Degrees
$4,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,915 full-time undergraduates at Joliet Junior College, and 10,267 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at Joliet Junior College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,474 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Joliet Junior College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,060 Yearly Degrees
$7,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Elgin Community College is 7,882, which includes 2,846 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at ECC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,510 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ECC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
997 Yearly Degrees
$6,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,906 students at SWIC in total, 3,037 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at SWIC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,844 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,000 during the early-career years.

#10

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
948 Yearly Degrees
$8,095 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,026 students at MVCC in total, 4,131 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

9% of MVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,855 a year. MVCC has a 8.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,000 during the early-career years.

#11

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
792 Yearly Degrees
$6,648 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Lincoln Land Community College is 4,977, which includes 1,835 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at LLCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,496 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from LLCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
723 Yearly Degrees
$15,057 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 11,366, of which 8,299 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,796 are full-time. It takes the average SIUC undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,770 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SIUC is $33,200.

Public Public vs. Private
690 Yearly Degrees
$11,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,485 full-time undergraduates at Richard J Daley College, and 4,929 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

1% of Richard J Daley College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $2,842 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Richard J Daley College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Rock Valley College

Rockford, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
641 Yearly Degrees
$9,314 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Rock Valley College is 5,762, which includes 2,507 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at Rock Valley College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,226 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Rock Valley College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Parkland College

Champaign, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
611 Yearly Degrees
$11,580 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,282 full-time undergraduates at Parkland College, and 5,758 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 33% of students at Parkland College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,091 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Parkland College is $25,400.

#16

Illinois Central College

East Peoria, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
600 Yearly Degrees
$9,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,484 full-time undergraduates at ICC, and 7,813 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,314 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,700 during the early-career years.

#17

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
573 Yearly Degrees
$9,271 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,275 full-time undergraduates at Waubonsee, and 7,564 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,439 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
531 Yearly Degrees
$11,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College is 1,878, which includes 782 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 4% of students at Kennedy-King College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,894 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $18,000 during the early-career years.

#19

Rend Lake College

Ina, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
516 Yearly Degrees
$6,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,802 students at Rend Lake College in total, 950 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

2% of Rend Lake College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,405 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,800 during the early-career years.

#20

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
514 Yearly Degrees
$11,862 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,029 full-time undergraduates at MCC, and 7,814 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,554 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,000 during the early-career years.

#21

Triton College

River Grove, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
511 Yearly Degrees
$10,890 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Triton College is 8,819, which includes 2,557 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,005 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,300 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
507 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,181 students at UTI Illinois in total, 1,181 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 45 to 1.

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,237 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,000 during the early-career years.

#23

Oakton Community College

Des Plaines, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
502 Yearly Degrees
$10,446 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Oakton Community College is 7,313, which includes 2,491 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at Oakton Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,882 a year. Oakton Community College has a 5.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,500 during the early-career years.

#24

Richland Community College

Decatur, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
500 Yearly Degrees
$6,210 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,235 students at Richland Community College in total, 620 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,206 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Richland Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

John A Logan College

Carterville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
488 Yearly Degrees
$5,506 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,481 full-time undergraduates at John A Logan College, and 3,328 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

2% of John A Logan College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,346 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from John A Logan College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Illinois Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Illinois 471
27 Kaskaskia College 469
28 Lewis and Clark Community College 462
29 Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria 440
30 City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College 419
31 Prairie State College 417
32 Illinois Valley Community College 416
33 Heartland Community College 394
34 Rasmussen University - Illinois 381
35 Lincoln College of Technology - Melrose Park 358
36 Sauk Valley Community College 337
37 Kankakee Community College 300
38 Coyne College 296
39 Kishwaukee College 267
40 HVAC Technical Institute 263
41 Midwest Technical Institute - Moline 257
42 Fox College 256
42 Shawnee Community College 256
44 Danville Area Community College 253
45 Olney Central College 252
46 Highland Community College 243
47 Black Hawk College 236
48 G Skin & Beauty Institute 235
49 South Suburban College 223
50 Midwestern Career College 218
51 G Skin & Beauty Institute 212
52 Northern Illinois University 198
53 Stautzenberger College - Rockford Career College 192
54 Spoon River College 189
55 DePaul University 181
56 John Wood Community College 173
57 ETI School of Skilled Trades 170
58 Soma Institute-The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy 164
58 First Institute of Travel, Inc 164
60 Morton College 160
61 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview 159
62 National Louis University 148
62 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College 148
64 Carl Sandburg College 147
65 Illinois State University 143
66 Northwestern College - Bridgeview 133
67 Lewis University 131
68 John Amico School of Hair Design 130
69 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW 128
70 Lincoln Trail College 123
71 American InterContinental University - Online 122
72 Paul Mitchell the School Bradley 116
73 University of Illinois at Chicago 115
74 Capital Area School of Practical Nursing 114
75 Universal Spa Training Academy 113
76 Frontier Community College 111
77 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Rockford 110
78 Southeastern Illinois College 107
79 Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute 103
80 Aveda Institute - Chicago 101
81 University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts 99
82 Cosmetology & Spa Academy 96
82 City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College 96
84 Paul Mitchell the School Lombard 93
85 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Peoria 91
86 Career Center of Southern Illinois 84
86 University of St Francis 84
88 Wabash Valley College 83
88 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Libertyville 83
90 Larry’s Barber College 82
91 State Career College 80
92 Verve College 78
93 Paul Mitchell the School Normal 77
93 CALC Institute of Technology 77
95 Worsham College of Mortuary Science 74
96 Paul Mitchell the School Chicago 73
96 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 73
98 Western Illinois University 71
99 Cannella School of Hair Design, Chicago (South Archer Ave) 66
100 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Elgin 57
100 Eastern Illinois University 57
102 Empire Beauty School-Stone Park 55
103 Pivot Point Academy 54
104 Trenz Beauty Academy 53
105 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Urbana 51
106 Cannella School of Hair Design, Villa Park 50
106 The Salon Professional Academy - Shorewood 50
108 Wheaton College Illinois 46
108 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Glendale Heights 46
108 Curve Metric School of Hair Design 46
111 Hairmasters Institute of Cosmetology 45
111 Estelle Medical Academy 45
113 Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology 43
113 Rush University 43
113 Ambria College of Nursing 43
116 Pacific College of Health and Science 42
116 Morrison Institute of Technology 42
118 Governors State University 41
119 Loyola University Chicago 40
120 Concordia University, Chicago 39
120 Empire Beauty School-Hanover Park 39
120 Oak Point University 39
120 Robert Morris University Illinois 39
124 University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology 38
124 Bell Mar Beauty College 38
126 Rosel School of Cosmetology 37
126 North Park University 37
128 The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology 36
128 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NE 36
130 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Rockford 35
131 Hair Professionals Career College 34
131 Empire Beauty School-Vernon Hills 34
133 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College 33
134 Saint Augustine College 32
134 Capri Beauty College 32
134 Cannella School of Hair Design, Blue Island 32
137 Phipps Academy of Barbering 30
137 Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology 30
139 Cannella School of Hair Design, Chicago (South Commercial) 28
139 Capri Beauty College 28
139 Networks Barber College 28
142 Oehrlein School of Cosmetology 25
143 Cameo Beauty Academy 24
144 Methodist College 23
144 Illinois Institute of Technology 23
146 Mr John’s School of Cosmetology Esthetics & Nails-Decatur 22
146 Professional’s Choice Hair Design Academy 22
146 Taylor Business Institute 22
149 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling 21
149 Reflections Academy of Beauty 21
149 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 21
149 Hair Professionals Career College 21
153 Niles School of Cosmetology 19
153 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 19
153 Gem City College 19
153 Steven Papageorge Hair Academy 19
153 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Danville 19
153 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Peru 19
159 CAAN Academy of Nursing 16
160 Moody Bible Institute 15
161 Chicago State University 14
162 McKendree University 12
162 National University of Health Sciences 12
164 North Central College 11
164 Roosevelt University 11
166 Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology 10
166 MacCormac College 10
168 Trinity International University - Illinois 9
168 Creative Touch Cosmetology School 9
170 Mr John’s School of Cosmetology & Nails-Jacksonville 8
170 East-West University 8
170 Tri-County Beauty Academy 8
170 Olivet Nazarene University 8
170 Illinois College 8
175 Innovations Design Academy 7
175 University of Illinois at Springfield 7
177 Aurora University 6
178 Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technology 5
178 National Latino Education Institute 5
178 Northeastern Illinois University 5
178 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 5
182 Hebrew Theological College 4
182 Lincoln College 4
184 Dominican University 3
184 Millikin University 3
186 Quincy University 2
186 Bradley University 2
186 Benedictine University 2
186 La James International College-East Moline 2
190 University of Phoenix - Illinois 1
191 Northwestern University 0
191 Blackburn College 0
191 Saint Xavier University 0
191 Eureka College 0

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