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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Illinois

General Biology is a popular major and Illinois is the 11th most popular state for students studying this major. 3,067 of the 97,754 General Biology diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Illinois. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Illinois ranking analyzed 23 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 colleges for General Biology students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Illinois The biology program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality biology program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 13% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 14%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 152 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

General Biology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Illinois schools results in an average starting salary of $27,700, graduates of colleges on this list average $29,900.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General Biology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general biology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general biology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Biology students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Illinois

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general biology.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Illinois

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Any student pursuing a degree in general biology has to look into Northwestern University. Located in the city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

Northwestern University is one of the most popular college to study biology in Illinois with more than 124 graduations last year. General Biology graduates from Northwestern University receive an earnings boost of around $2,691 over the typical earnings of general biology majors.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago is a good choice for individuals pursuing a General Biology major. Located in the large city Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 2nd out of 61 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 129 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at UChicago. General Biology students from University of Chicago receive an earnings boost of around $3,291 over the typical income of general biology majors.

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Loyola University Chicago is among your top options if you want to study general biology. Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. This college ranks 9th out of 61 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are roughly 364 general biology undergraduates studying this program at Loyola Chicago. After graduating, biology students typically earn an average of $28,100 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Illinois at Chicago is a great choice for individuals pursuing a General Biology degree. UIC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chicago. This college ranks 14th out of 61 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are roughly 465 general biology undergrads studying this program at UIC. Graduates of the biology program earn about $27,400 for their early career.

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Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. This college ranks 15th out of 61 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

With 126 undergrads, Illinois State University is one of most popular schools to study biology in Illinois. Graduates from the general biology program at Illinois State University get $2,491 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rock Island. This school ranks 10th out of 61 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

With 110 undergraduates, Augustana College is one of most popular schools to study biology in Illinois. Graduates of the biology program make an average of $27,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Located in the city Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 6th out of 61 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

With 40 students enrolled, Illinois Wesleyan University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Illinois. After graduation, biology students generally earn around $24,200 in their early careers.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Located in the large city Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This school ranks 11th out of 61 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A favorite major for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 47 individuals enrolled in this degree at DePaul. Graduates of the biology program report average early career earnings of $28,700.

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Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Located in the suburb Lake Forest, Lake Forest is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 13th out of 61 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

Lake Forest College is one of the most popular school to study biology in Illinois with over 26 graduates last year. Graduates of the biology program make around $27,400 in the first couple years of working.

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NIU is a large public school located in the small suburb of Dekalb. This college ranks 28th out of 61 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are approximately 139 general biology undergrads studying this degree at NIU. Students from the general biology degree program at Northern Illinois University get $2,491 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best General Biology Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 2,551
Ohio 303 3,119
Indiana 283 1,595
Wisconsin 267 1,973

One of 14 majors within the Biological & Biomedical Sciences area of study, General Biology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 438
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 410
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 324
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 254
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 127

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Janderk. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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