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More than 50 Schools Identified for Providing Top Quality Online Student Resources

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Illinois. Of the four-year schools that were ranked, 35 made the list with Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and DePaul University positioned as the top five. Illinois’ top 19 two-year schools were also included on the list, with Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Kaskaskia College, Harper College and Waubonsee Community College coming in as the top five.

“As online programs become more readily available at Illinois schools, the options for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule become more difficult to choose from,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list have proven themselves to be the most high-quality options for an online education in Illinois.”

To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Illinois colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, total online program offerings and financial aid availability.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Illinois for 2017 include the following:
Aurora University
Benedictine University
Chicago State University
Concordia University-Chicago
DePaul University
Dominican University
Eastern Illinois University
Elmhurst College
Governors State University
Greenville College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Judson University
Lewis University
Lincoln Christian University
Loyola University Chicago
MacMurray College
McKendree University
Moody Bible Institute
National Louis University
North Park University
Northwestern University
Olivet Nazarene University
Quincy University
Roosevelt University
Rush University
Saint Xavier University
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of St Francis
Western Illinois University

Illinois’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
Frontier Community College
Harper College
Illinois Central College
John A. Logan College
John Wood Community College
Joliet Junior College
Kaskaskia College
Lincoln Trail College
McHenry County College
Moraine Valley Community College
Olney Central College
Richland Community College
Shawnee Community College
Southeastern Illinois College
Wabash Valley College
Waubonsee Community College

About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

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