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Best Value Colleges in Illinois by Academic Quality per Dollar

These are the Illinois schools which appear on CollegeCalc's Best Value Colleges in America ranking and represent the colleges providing the finest education balanced against an affordable average net price. The best value in Illinois ranking goes to University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a 84th percentile national academic rank for a comparatively affordable $16,249 average net price.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Illinois' Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
Average Net Price College Rating $Value
$16,249
Average Net Price
1) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Champaign, Public Not For Profit
84 80
$28,667
Average Net Price
2) Northwestern University
Evanston, Private Not For Profit
98 70
$27,996
Average Net Price
3) Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Private Not For Profit
84 66
$34,352
Average Net Price
4) University of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
99 65
$25,258
Average Net Price
5) Wheaton College
Wheaton, Private Not For Profit
71 64
$27,451
Average Net Price
6) Bradley University
Peoria, Private Not For Profit
70 60
$31,069
Average Net Price
7) Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
69 55
$45,587
Average Net Price
8) School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
71 36
$22,449
Average Net Price
9) Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
79 71
$18,768
Average Net Price
10) Lewis University
Romeoville, Private Not For Profit
69 73
$23,416
Average Net Price
11) North Central College
Naperville, Private Not For Profit
71 67

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