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College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in Illinois 2018


College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in Illinois 2018

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- College Consensus (, a unique new college ranking website, has published their ranking of the Best Colleges in Illinois 2018 at

To identify the Best Colleges in Illinois for 2018, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school. According to College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder, "Similar to what Rotten Tomatoes does for movies, College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak." Learn more about the College Consensus rankings methodology at

College Consensus identified the best-ranked colleges in the Prairie State:

  1. University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
  2. Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  3. Wheaton College - Wheaton, IL
  4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
  5. Knox College - Galesburg, IL
  6. Bradley University - Peoria, IL
  7. University of St. Francis - Joliet, IL
  8. Dominican University - River Forest, IL
  9. Trinity Christian College - Palos Heights, IL
  10. Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, IL
  11. Lake Forest College - Lake Forest, IL
  12. University of Illinois at Springfield - Springfield, IL
  13. Augustana College - Rock Island, IL (tie)
  14. Lewis University - Romeoville, IL (tie)
  15. Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL (tie)
  16. Eureka College - Eureka, IL (tie)
  17. Judson University - Elgin, IL
  18. Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
  19. Elmhurst College - Elmhurst, IL (tie)
  20. Millikin University - Decatur, IL (tie)
  21. North Central College - Naperville, IL
  22. DePaul University - Chicago, IL
  23. Quincy University - Quincy, IL
  24. Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, IL

The Land of Lincoln was one of the United States' first frontiers, part of the legendary Northwest Territory that was once the farthest reaches of the US. The pioneer spirit has never really left Illinois either; first easterners came across the Appalachians, then German and Scandinavian immigrants, then freed African-Americans escaping injustice in the south. Through it all, Illinois has grown an economy that encompasses banking and finance, agriculture and food processing, high-tech manufacturing and innovative entrepreneurial start-ups, and the higher education system necessary to prepare a massive workforce for all of it.

As Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, Illinois "illustrates the concept of the American melting pot, forged over the last 200 years into a diverse, culturally complex vision of the past and future." Illinois' higher education system does the same, "bringing together people from across Illinois, the US, and the world to earn their credentials, expand their minds, and build a society for the future." With one of the nation's biggest cities (Chicago) and a large population, Illinois has built up their education to a high level: students have "a wealth of opportunity, and the support they need - whether traditional-aged young people, or working adults and career-changing professionals - to make their own mark on Illinois history." That includes major public research universities, one of the world's foremost private research universities (the University of Chicago), institutions that "have graduated many of the state's leaders, from government and business to the arts," alongside smaller institutions that "have built reputations on student support, service, and commitment to the good of Illinois' citizens."

College Consensus is a new approach to college rankings. We combine the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce an aggregate College Consensus rating for each school.

Carrie Sealey-Morris
Managing Editor, College Consensus 
(512) 710-9901

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