The Windy City and it's surrounding state-wide academic and research institutions are really top quality additions to the nationally acclaimed university list, making Illinois a truly great state overall to take a college campus visit road trip to! Visiting college campuses before one leaves high school is a time-honored tradition, one that truly helps to pave a student's path to the future, especially if you are dealing with sophomore, junior, or senior student groups!
University of Chicago
Ranked #4 National University - 12,558 Enrollment
The University of Chicago is a highly regarded private research institution that was founded in 1890 in the city of Chicago. Phil the Phoenix leads one of the world's most prominent academic institutions within the boundaries of Hyde Park, the school holding a total of 49 different majors and minors. Did we mention John D. Rockefeller founded this school?
Ranked #12 National University - 29,336 Enrollment
Ranked #12 in national standing and #5 in business school standing you’ll find Northwestern University, the private research institution with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, as well as San Francisco and Qatar. There are over 12 schools on the main campus, the 240-acre nationally and internationally recognized Willie the Wildcat led school popular for arts and sciences, communications, and journalism.
The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Ranked #41 National University - 32,959 Enrollment
This public research intensive school boasts blue and orange, and a smart set of students providing a significant societal impact, the university founded in 1867. The education received here helps students focus on global problems and the human experience, the past alumnus collection over 25 Pulitzer prizes total together. This institution has also earned the title of #11 public universities in the U.S., with its main campus in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, just 140 miles south of Chicago.
Illinois Wesleyan University
Ranked #72 National University - 42,490 Enrollment
Illinois Wesleyan University is the Bloomington school that is recognized for their Liberal Arts Program, the entire institution under the mascot Tommy the Titan’s reign since 1850. Here you will find over 80 undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on communications, media, arts, sciences, and the like, the university also boasting an excellent standing in The Economist’s PayScale power ranking (number 3 in mid-career earning power).
Illinois Institute of Technology
Ranked #108 National University - 3, 099 Enrollment
The Illinois Institute of Technology is a highly recognized school of sciences located in Chicago. Founded in 1890 and boasting a gorgeous 120-acre campus, this private institution is well-known for its sciences and engineering programs, such as aerospace and biomedical, as well as design and liberal arts programs.
Ranked #123 National University - 16,153 Enrollment
DePaul University, located in various locations in Chicago, is the private school that was founded by Vincentians in 1898. This school was named after the 17th-century priest by the name of Saint Vincent de Paul and now serves as the largest Catholic school in the nation, as well as one of 10 largest private universities in the nation. A visit to one of these campuses will show you how the 300 undergraduate and graduate programs work together in ‘mind, place, people, and heart’.