The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
made my list of top public universities
, and Northwestern is one of the country's top private universities
. Some of the other schools on my list of the top 12 Illinois colleges
may be less familiar. The colleges on the list were chosen based on a variety of factors including academic strengths, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, value and student engagement.
Augustana College, Old Main
Photo Credit: Augustana College
If there's an Illinois college or university that isn't on the list that you think should be, share your recommendation below. I'm a strong believer that my own selection criteria may have little to do with the best school for your own values, academic interests, and professional goals.
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