List of 4-Year Public Universities & Colleges in Illinois

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As the sixth most populous state in the country, Illinois has over three hundred higher education institutions that includes a variety of great public colleges for students to explore. You can find colleges and universities around Illinois from Chicago to Normal and from Champagne to Carbondale. Top ranked colleges in Illinois include Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, Chicago State University, Illinois State University, and Northern Illinois University to name a few. To learn more about these institutions, simply connect with the schools via our Illinois educational portal or search for specific online degrees from Illinois public colleges today.

Best Illinois Public University Degrees

Universities in the state of Illinois are defined as public universities or state colleges as they accept public funds. Given the large population base and diversity of jobs in the state, students can expect to find an array of degree programs from every sector of the economy. There are plenty of trades for students to study such as welding, cosmetology, electrician, auto mechanics, interior design, and phlebotomy along with more traditional college degree programs. Popular degree tracks for Illinois state college students include engineering, medicine, business, law, math, teaching, and biology. With a degree track and area of study for every student interest includes emerging areas of study within medicine such as nuclear medicine, biomedical engineering, medical laboratory technician, gerontology, immunology, toxicology, and entomology to illustrate a few examples. For additional information on degree programs offered by state colleges in Illinois, simply connect with the schools below or utilize our search tools to find the perfect program for you.

Southern Illinois University

The 2 schools listed below are part of the Southern Illinois University system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, IL10,000 to 19,999info
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

University of Illinois Board of Trustees

The 3 schools listed below are part of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, ILMore Than 20,000info
University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, IL5,000 to 9,999info
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign in Champaign, ILMore Than 20,000info

Other Public 4-Year State Universities & Colleges

Below is a list of other 4-year state universities and colleges in Illinois.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Chicago State University in Chicago, IL1,000 to 4,999info
Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University in University Park, IL5,000 to 9,999info
Illinois State University in Normal, ILMore Than 20,000info
Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL5,000 to 9,999info
Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, ILMore Than 20,000info Virtual Campus Tour of Northern Illinois University
Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL10,000 to 19,999info

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Illinois in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.