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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Illinois – 2014 Top Online Schools

A list of available accredited online programs in Illinois is included in the directory below. Find the best programs that fit your needs by filtering the directory on criteria such as size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school.

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Illinois has more than 264 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 51 offer online programs. A total of seven are public four-year colleges or universities and 11 are public community or technical colleges and 33 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 1,135 online certificate programs, 5,095 online associates programs, 8,158 online bachelors programs, 4,654 online masters programs, 5,810 online professional programs, and 1,156 online doctoral programs. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as mechanical engineering, mental health, and business.

Of the online colleges in Illinois, DeVry University offers the most number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. The school offers 73 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Merchandising


Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In Illinois, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $8,508 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $7,112 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $10,320 to $31,362 per year.

Each year, college students in Illinois received an estimated $40,055,285,703 worth of financial aid to help offset tuition costs. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, around 50.48% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. About 76.9% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited Illinois online colleges awarded their students $16,548,122,611 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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The total gross state product for Illinois was $646.467 billion in 2010. Based on these numbers, Illinois has the 5th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.

There are a total of 5,528,420 workers employed in the state. In the state, the three largest industries are:

  • Administration
  • Public administration
  • Manufacturing

Illinois’s administration industry employs about 11% of all Illinois employees. Another 4% are employed in Illinois’s public administration industry. Also, Illinois’s manufacturing industry employs about 12% of the total number of Illinois employees.

The average wage in Illinois is more than the national average. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Illinois earn an average annual income of $46,450. The median income for employees is $35,080 per year, with the top 10% earning over $87,540 per year and the bottom 10% earning under $18,440 per year. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists, while the lowest paid employees in the state are dishwashers. Illinois anesthesiologists can make up to $220,710 per annum, while dishwashers in the state can make as little as $18,820 per year. In the nation, anesthesiologists earn an average income of $220,100 per year. On the other hand, dishwashers in the nation earn an average yearly income of $18,680.

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Illinois, which is located in the Ohio Valley region of the United States, is named from the Algonquin word “ilenweewa” meaning “tribe of superior men”. The state, which has an area of 57,914 square miles, is the 25th largest in the US. The state’s average annual temperature is about 48°F.

Illinois has the 5th largest population in the nation. It has 102 counties with a reported population of 12,830,632 residents. An estimated 41% of those living in Illinois are less than 30 years old. The diversity of the population is average when compared with that of other states in the country. An estimated 36% of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

Although Illinois’s capital city is Springfield, the largest city in the state is Chicago, with a population of 2,695,598 residents. Of the state’s residents, about 4.76% reside in the greater Chicago area. Some of the other populous cities in Illinois include Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, and Naperville.

Illinois residents normally have an average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 18.2% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 5.9% have at least an associates degree, 4.7% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.