Top Public Illinois Colleges to Consider
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If you want a quality college education and don't want to pay a private school price, Illinois has exceptional public colleges. Illinois colleges vary in tuition and student population size. Many of these colleges are well-known for certain majors and offer degrees in a variety of fields.
Illinois State University
Illinois State University is located in central Illinois in Bloomington-Normal. The school is the oldest public university in the state and has a beautiful quad area. It has a wonderful education program for teachers. The athletic teams are members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Ill. The student body population is under 12,000, giving the school a smaller feel that gives extra attention to the students. The school offers bachelor's and master's degrees and contains four colleges of study. If you are on a budget, Eastern is one of the most affordable schools in the Midwest.
Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University has campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville. The Carbondale campus has eight colleges and three schools, offering a total of 222 academic programs. The Edwardsville campus offers 135 degree programs and also has a campus center in East St. Louis for clinical and practicum experience. SIU also has three satellite schools in medicine, dental medicine and nursing.
University of Illinois
U of I is the largest public university in Illinois with three schools in its system: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The Urbana-Champaign campus is the largest and boasts some of the most technologically advanced computer science buildings and a famous engineering program. The Chicago campus is the largest university in Chicago and is well-known for its healthcare programs