10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Illinois For 2019

By Chris Kolmar
Oct. 9, 2019

Find a Job You Really Want In

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. Bradley University
  4. Eastern Illinois University
  5. Millikin University
  6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  7. Illinois State University
  8. Illinois College
  9. Lewis University
  10. Western Illinois University

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 58 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.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Illinois

Rank College Employed
1 Illinois Wesleyan University 95.45%
2 Augustana College 95.33%
3 Bradley University 93.79%
4 Eastern Illinois University 93.52%
5 Millikin University 93.19%
6 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 93.14%
7 Illinois State University 93.13%
8 Illinois College 92.74%
9 Lewis University 92.71%
10 Western Illinois University 92.51%
11 Dominican University 92.44%
12 Monmouth College 92.34%
13 Quincy University 92.14%
14 Northern Illinois University 91.98%
15 MacMurray College 91.89%
16 Northwestern University 91.87%
17 Elmhurst College 91.82%
18 Blackburn College 91.62%
19 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 91.57%
20 University of St Francis 91.49%
21 Greenville University 91.3%
22 Aurora University 91.3%
23 McKendree University 91.2%
24 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 91.16%
25 North Central College 91.15%
26 University of Illinois at Springfield 90.97%
27 Rockford University 90.94%
28 Lake Forest College 90.65%
29 Illinois Institute of Technology 90.58%
30 University of Illinois at Chicago 90.5%
31 Loyola University Chicago 90.21%
32 Saint Xavier University 90.11%
33 University of Chicago 89.57%
34 North Park University 89.44%
35 Knox College 88.83%
36 Olivet Nazarene University 88.78%
37 Judson University 88.67%
38 Lincoln College 88.52%
39 DePaul University 88.51%
40 Columbia College Chicago 88.49%
41 Concordia University-Chicago 88.38%
42 Trinity Christian College 88.18%
43 Benedictine University 87.22%
44 East-West University 87.0%
45 Wheaton College 86.93%
46 National Louis University 86.42%
47 Robert Morris University Illinois 86.3%
48 American Academy of Art 86.18%
49 Roosevelt University 86.13%
50 Chicago State University 85.71%
51 Lincoln Christian University 85.42%
52 Governors State University 85.14%
53 Northeastern Illinois University 84.68%
54 Trinity International University-Illinois 83.69%
55 National University of Health Sciences 83.67%
56 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 82.12%
57 Saint Augustine College 79.33%
58 Hebrew Theological College 71.92%

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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