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2024 Best Information Science Schools in Illinois

7 Colleges in Illinois
860 IS Degrees Awarded
$74,455 Avg Early-Career Salary
Information Science is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #58 most popular degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

In 2024, College Factual analyzed 7 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Information Science Schools in Illinois ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 860 degrees in information science during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Information Science School

Best Information Science Schools in Illinois The is program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Information Science rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for information science schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Information Science Degree Level

Bachelor's Degrees in IS
Master's Degrees in IS
Doctor's Degrees in IS

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Information Science Schools in Illinois list, to help you choose the best school for you. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Information Science in Illinois

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the is degrees they offer, see the list below.

Top Illinois Schools in IS

1
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 IS Degrees Awarded
$97,920 Median Starting Salary

Northwestern University is a good option for students interested in a degree in information science. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 100 information science students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those information science students who get their degree from Northwestern University make $23,465 more than the typical is student.

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2
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
388 IS Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign if you want to pursue a degree in information science. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #34 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 388 information science students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year.

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DePaul University
Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 IS Degrees Awarded
$62,309 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in information science has to take a look at DePaul University. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 85 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 95 information science students who graduated with this degree at DePaul in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the is program state that they receive average early career wages of $62,309.

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4
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In IL

Every student who is interested in information science needs to take a look at University of Chicago. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 5 information science students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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5
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
156 IS Degrees Awarded
25.6% Growth in Graduates

UIC is a very large public university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #192 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means UIC is a great university overall.

There were about 156 information science students who graduated with this degree at UIC in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the is program earn an average of $51,817 for their early career.

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6
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In IL

Located in the midsize city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 14th out of 85 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 11 information science students who graduated with this degree at Bradley in the most recent data year.

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7
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In IL
62.5% Growth in Graduates

SXU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. This university ranks 32nd out of 85 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 8 information science students who graduated with this degree at SXU in the most recent data year.

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8
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In IL
40.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, Roosevelt is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 38th out of 85 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 5 information science students who graduated with this degree at Roosevelt in the most recent year we have data available.

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Best Information Science Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Information Science Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 322 489
Ohio 314 272
Indiana 294 280
Wisconsin 273 237

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Information Science is one of 10 different types of Computer & Information Sciences programs to choose from.

IS Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Information Science 860

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 3,680
Computer Information Systems 1,726
Information Technology 1,117
Computer Systems Networking 813
Computer Programming 597
Computer Software & Applications 532
Computer Systems Analysis 414
Data Entry 89
Other Computer & Information Sciences 3
Data Processing 2

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