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194 Colleges
37,535 Yearly Graduations
$65,189 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,065 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. Illinois colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $16,297 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $18,127 per year.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,266 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Lake Land College

Mattoon, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,651 Yearly Degrees
$7,954 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Lake Land College is 4,583, which includes 2,190 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

11% of Lake Land College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,348 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,200 during the early-career years.

#2

William Rainey Harper College

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

There are 13,530 students at Harper College in total, 4,606 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

7% of Harper College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,321 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,000 during the early-career years.

#3

College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,440 Yearly Degrees
$9,422 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at College of Lake County is 14,193, which includes 4,164 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at College of Lake County take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,488 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.5% is very similar to the national average 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
$9,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at College of DuPage is 24,900, which includes 7,857 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at COD take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,089 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 COD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,221 Yearly Degrees
$15,303 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at DeVry University - Illinois is 17,364, of which 13,068 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,798 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

Roughly 91% of students at DeVry University - Illinois take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,569 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,600 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,184 Yearly Degrees
$9,216 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,839 full-time undergraduates at Malcolm X College, and 7,104 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

1% of Malcolm X College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,136 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% 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
$12,570 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,726 students at Joliet Junior College in total, 4,685 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,495 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Joliet Junior College is $25,800.

#8

Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,060 Yearly Degrees
$10,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,567 students at ECC in total, 3,055 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,765 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,600 during the early-career years.

#9

Southwestern Illinois College

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

The total student population at Southwestern Illinois College is 8,841, which includes 3,551 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

21% of SWIC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,370 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.7% 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
$9,846 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,607 full-time undergraduates at MVCC, and 13,762 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 11% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,275 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MVCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
792 Yearly Degrees
$6,576 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,196 full-time undergraduates at LLCC, and 5,565 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 16% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,216 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from LLCC is $23,700.

Public Public vs. Private
723 Yearly Degrees
$14,722 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,817 students at SIUC in total, 9,552 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,088 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SIUC is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

66% of SIUC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,166 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% 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
$9,216 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,942 students at Richard J Daley College in total, 2,761 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 36 to 1.

1% of Richard J Daley College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $2,846 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Richard J Daley College is $24,500.

#14

Rock Valley College

Rockford, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
641 Yearly Degrees
$9,434 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Rock Valley College is 6,244, which includes 2,762 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at Rock Valley College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,736 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rock Valley College is $25,000.

#15

Parkland College

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

The total student population at Parkland College is 7,074, which includes 2,874 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 53% of students at Parkland College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,815 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,400 during the early-career years.

#16

Illinois Central College

East Peoria, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
600 Yearly Degrees
$8,979 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,009 full-time undergraduates at ICC, and 8,875 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

19% of ICC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,655 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% 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
$9,127 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,176 students at Waubonsee in total, 2,651 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

15% of Waubonsee students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,284 a year. Waubonsee has a 8.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Waubonsee with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
531 Yearly Degrees
$9,216 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,267 full-time undergraduates at Kennedy-King College, and 3,136 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at Kennedy-King College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,457 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Kennedy-King College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $18,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Rend Lake College

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

There are 2,486 students at Rend Lake College in total, 1,213 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

3% of Rend Lake College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,273 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% 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
$11,899 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at McHenry County College is 7,031, which includes 2,169 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

10% of MCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,589 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 12.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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
$10,481 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,529 students at Triton College in total, 3,069 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,022 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Triton College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
507 Yearly Degrees

There are 954 full-time undergraduates at UTI Illinois, and 954 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 37 to 1.

Approximately 82% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,041 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% 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

There are 8,454 students at Oakton Community College in total, 2,538 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,421 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#24

Richland Community College

Decatur, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
500 Yearly Degrees
$6,180 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,476 students at Richland Community College in total, 817 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,195 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27.5% 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 1,894 full-time undergraduates at John A Logan College, and 4,040 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

3% of John A Logan College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,792 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,500 during the early-career years.

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 College - 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 Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology 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 PCCTI IT and Healthcare 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 Resurrection 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 Ultimate Touch Barber College 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-La Salle 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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