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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 80th 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
80 79
$28,667
Average Net Price
2) Northwestern University
Evanston, Private Not For Profit
98 70
$25,258
Average Net Price
3) Wheaton College
Wheaton, Private Not For Profit
77 67
$34,352
Average Net Price
4) University of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
99 65
$27,996
Average Net Price
5) Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Private Not For Profit
81 65
$27,451
Average Net Price
6) Bradley University
Peoria, Private Not For Profit
73 62
$31,069
Average Net Price
7) Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
70 56
$45,587
Average Net Price
8) School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
70 35
$21,826
Average Net Price
9) Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, Private Not For Profit
75 70
$22,449
Average Net Price
10) Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
81 72
$19,208
Average Net Price
11) Millikin University
Decatur, Private Not For Profit
69 72