Illinois’ Best Online Colleges Recognized by

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Analysis Highlights Over 20 Schools for Affordability, Overall Excellence in Online Education

Leading online higher education information provider has announced it’s ranking of the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois. A total of 21 schools were selected for excellence in online education, with the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Christian University, Aurora University, National Louis University and Governors State University on top for four-year programs and Shawnee Community College and Southeastern Illinois College ranking highest for two-year programs.

"Illinois has seen a steady increase in college enrollment since the mid-1990’s,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "These colleges are taking learning to the next level by offering online education options that are affordable and high quality. The flexibility online classes provide is paramount when it comes to helping a growing number of students earn college degrees.”

To qualify for a place on the Best Online Colleges in Illinois list, requires schools to hold public or private not-for-profit status. They must also carry accreditation and maintain specific in-state tuition standards; only two-year schools offering in-state tuition under $5,000 annually and four-year schools offering in-state tuition under $25,000 annually are considered. Rankings are assigned based on analysis of a dozen different data points, including variety of online offerings, graduation rates and financial aid statistics.

A complete list of schools featured on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois ranking are included below. Details on each school’s rank, specific data points and methodology used for the comparison can be found at:’s 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois:

Aurora University
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University
Greenville College
Illinois State University
Lincoln Christian University
MacMurray College
Methodist College
Moody Bible Institute
National Louis University
National University of Health Sciences
North Park University
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Shawnee Community College
Southeastern Illinois College
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
St. John's College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Western Illinois University

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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