Top 20 community colleges in Illinois for 2017, as ranked by WalletHub

August 23, 2017

As the new academic year gets underway, the personal finance site WalletHub released its latest annual ranking of the best community colleges in Illinois.

Overall, Illinois ranked No. 29 on WalletHub’s list of states with the best and worst community college systems in the U.S., though six states, including Indiana, did not receive a rank because they did not meet the group’s criteria for comparing schools.

In Illinois, a total of 40 community colleges, including the 11th best school in the country, were among the more than 700 institutions WalletHub compared and ranked for its 2017 ranking.

Fourteen metrics across three main categories—cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes—were used to determine a community college’s rank. Those indicators include: cost of in-state tuition, first-year retention and graduation rates, student-faculty ratio, and the return on a student’s educational investment, which measures the ratio of starting salaries for graduates to the cost of tuition.

Check out the list below to see which community colleges were deemed among the best in Illinois. You can find the full list and methodology here. 

 

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20. Frontier Community College

Fairfield

  • National Rank: 363
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 701
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 317
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 12
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19. McHenry County College

Crystal Lake

  • National Rank: 351
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 579
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 202
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 270
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18. Rock Valley College

Rockford

  • National Rank: 341
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 481
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 232
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 292
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17. Shawnee Community College

Ullin

  • National Rank: 332
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 296
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 390
  • Career Outcomes Rank: N/A
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16. Lewis and Clark Community College

Godfrey

  • National Rank: 327
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 570
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 254
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 218
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15. Morton College

Cicero

  • National Rank: 323
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 443
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 500
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 189
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14. Kishwaukee College

Malta

  • National Rank: 307
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 419
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 268
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 279
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13. Sauk Valley Community College

Dixon

  • National Rank: 302
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 686
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 53
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 271
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12. John A. Logan College

Carterville

  • National Rank: 290
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 235
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 391
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 357
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11. Lincoln Trail College

Robinson

  • National Rank: 286
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 630
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 123
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 91
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10. Carl Sandburg College

Galesburg

  • National Rank: 280
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 321
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 231
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 338
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9. Southeastern Illinois College

Harrisburg

  • National Rank: 278
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 427
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 152
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 290
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8. Richland Community College

Decatur

  • National Rank: 273
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 374
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 97
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 387
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7. Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield

  • National Rank: 262
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 227
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 217
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 414
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6. Danville Area Community College

Danville

  • National Rank: 221
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 486
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 143
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 206
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5. Lake Land College

Mattoon

  • National Rank: 220
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 593
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 62
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 226
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4. Olney Central College

Olney

  • National Rank: 148
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 667
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 26
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 81
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3. Highland Community College

Freeport

  • National Rank: 104
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 177
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 122
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 358
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2. Kaskaskia College

  • National Rank: 58
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 223
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 227
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 104
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1. Rend Lake College

Ina

  • National Rank: 11
  • Cost & Financing Rank: 350
  • Education Outcomes Rank: 52
  • Career Outcomes Rank: 14
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