These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Illinois For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, Illinois has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in IL, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Illinois.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Illinois:

  1. Illinois Wesleyan University
  2. Augustana College
  3. Millikin University
  4. Illinois State University
  5. Eastern Illinois University
  6. Bradley University
  7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  8. Western Illinois University
  9. Northern Illinois University
  10. MacMurray College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Illinois has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Illinois For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 59 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Illinois that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Illinois Wesleyan University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Illinois.’

1. Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bloomington
Employed: 95.51%

2. Augustana College

Augustana College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Rock Island
Employed: 95.32%

3. Millikin University

Millikin University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Decatur
Employed: 93.69%

4. Illinois State University

Illinois State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Normal
Employed: 93.22%

5. Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Charleston
Employed: 93.17%

6. Bradley University

Bradley University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Peoria
Employed: 92.99%

7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Champaign
Employed: 92.63%

8. Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Macomb
Employed: 92.61%

9. Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Dekalb
Employed: 92.3%

10. MacMurray College

MacMurray College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Jacksonville
Employed: 91.93%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In Illinois

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Illinois, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Illinois by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Illinois

Rank College Employed
1 Illinois Wesleyan University 95.51%
2 Augustana College 95.32%
3 Millikin University 93.69%
4 Illinois State University 93.22%
5 Eastern Illinois University 93.17%
6 Bradley University 92.99%
7 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 92.63%
8 Western Illinois University 92.61%
9 Northern Illinois University 92.3%
10 MacMurray College 91.93%
11 North Central College 91.79%
12 Aurora University 91.76%
13 Elmhurst College 91.75%
14 Blackburn College 91.72%
15 University of Illinois at Springfield 91.44%
16 University of St Francis 91.42%
17 Illinois College 91.33%
18 McKendree University 91.29%
19 Lewis University 91.16%
20 Quincy University 91.11%
21 Monmouth College 91.05%
22 Rockford University 91.01%
23 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 91.01%
24 Dominican University 90.73%
25 Northwestern University 90.72%
26 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 90.67%
27 Lake Forest College 90.59%
28 University of Illinois at Chicago 90.17%
29 Greenville College 89.78%
30 University of Chicago 89.67%
31 Benedictine University 89.28%
32 Concordia University-Chicago 89.24%
33 North Park University 89.2%
34 Saint Xavier University 88.97%
35 Olivet Nazarene University 88.96%
36 Illinois Institute of Technology 88.81%
37 Knox College 88.8%
38 Lincoln Christian University 88.47%
39 DePaul University 88.45%
40 Loyola University Chicago 88.08%
41 Eureka College 87.76%
42 Lincoln College 87.72%
43 Judson University 87.56%
44 Wheaton College 87.4%
45 American Academy of Art 87.25%
46 Trinity Christian College 87.08%
47 National University of Health Sciences 86.82%
48 Trinity International University-Illinois 86.65%
49 Roosevelt University 86.56%
50 Robert Morris University Illinois 86.51%
51 Columbia College Chicago 86.36%
52 National Louis University 85.53%
53 East-West University 85.47%
54 Governors State University 84.6%
55 Northeastern Illinois University 84.55%
56 Chicago State University 84.54%
57 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 83.02%
58 Saint Augustine College 80.7%
59 Hebrew Theological College 74.63%
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