2018 Best Online Colleges in Illinois

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The 20 schools highlighted on this list are ranked for their strong academics and affordable annual tuition. Ranked first, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign has the highest academic strength score (84%) and offers online programs in subjects such as computer science, accounting, education, and more for as low as $12,270 each year. Ranked #2, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale offers the most affordable tuition on the list at $11,407 per year for programs such as business administration, public safety management, and electrical engineering technology.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $12,270 Academic Strength 84%
#2 #2 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Annual Tuition $11,407 Academic Strength 67%
#3 #3 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $8,880 Academic Strength 62%
#4 #4 Olivet Nazarene University Annual Tuition $10,920 Academic Strength 65%
#5 #5 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $12,105 Academic Strength 65%
#6 #6 Quincy University Annual Tuition $11,780 Academic Strength 63%
#7 #7 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $10,041 Academic Strength 59%
#8 #8 Concordia University-Chicago Annual Tuition $13,280 Academic Strength 64%
#9 #9 Governors State University Annual Tuition $9,900 Academic Strength 58%
#10 #10 Loyola University Chicago Annual Tuition $20,100 Academic Strength 72%
#11 #11 McKendree University Annual Tuition $13,050 Academic Strength 59%
#12 #12 Dominican University Annual Tuition $13,500 Academic Strength 60%
#13 #13 North Park University-Chicago Annual Tuition $16,500 Academic Strength 65%
#14 #14 Elmhurst College Annual Tuition $19,680 Academic Strength 67%
#15 #15 Lewis University Annual Tuition $19,200 Academic Strength 65%
#16 #16 Methodist College of Nursing Annual Tuition $19,200 Academic Strength 64%
#17 #17 University of St Francis Annual Tuition $18,600 Academic Strength 63%
#18 #18 Lincoln Christian University Annual Tuition $13,200 Academic Strength 52%
#19 #19 Roosevelt University Annual Tuition $29,832 Academic Strength 68%
#20 #20 Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $45,872 Academic Strength 79%
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2018 Online Colleges in Illinois Ranking Details

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Academic Strength: 84%
  • Locations: Champaign

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,407
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • Locations: Carbondale

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Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,880
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • Locations: Charleston

Online Bachelor's Degrees (7)

Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,920
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • Locations: Bourbonnais, Oak Brook

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,105
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • Locations: Springfield

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,780
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Academic Strength: 63%
  • Locations: Quincy
  • Annual Tuition: $13,280
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Academic Strength: 64%
  • Locations: River Forest

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,100
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • Locations: Chicago

Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Master's Degrees (23)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (20)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,050
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Academic Strength: 59%
  • Locations: Lebanon

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Academic Strength: 60%
  • Locations: River Forest

Online Bachelor's Degrees (14)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,500
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • Locations: Chicago
  • Annual Tuition: $19,680
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • Locations: Elmhurst

Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $19,200
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • Locations: Romeoville

Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

Online Master's Degrees (42)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $19,200
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Academic Strength: 64%
  • Locations: Peoria
  • Annual Tuition: $18,600
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Academic Strength: 63%
  • Locations: Joliet

Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

Online Master's Degrees (24)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,200
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Academic Strength: 52%
  • Locations: Lincoln
  • Annual Tuition: $29,832
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • Locations: Chicago

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (17)

  • Annual Tuition: $45,872
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Academic Strength: 79%
  • Locations: Chicago

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (50)

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Online Certificate Programs (16)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Illinois (73)

Illinois offers working and distance students over 73 online colleges to choose from. Southeastern Illinois College and Shawnee Community College are among the most affordable, offering degrees for $5,040 and $5,408 per year, respectively. Web development, software development, and computer systems analysis are among the top-ten fastest growing career sectors in Illinois. For students hoping to enter these career fields, Illinois Institute of Technology offers comprehensive degree programs in information technology and management, network engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Lewis University also offers a bachelor's in computer science and master's degrees in both computer science and data science.

At a Glance:

  • The Illinois State Board of Education provides numerous state and federal grants available to college students, including arts and foreign language grants.
  • Each year, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship funding to local students.
  • Over 60% of accredited online colleges in Illinois charge less than $25,000 per year.

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