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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois

126 Colleges
$48,357 Avg Salary*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Which colleges in Illinois are succeeding at true diversity? Check out this ranking to find out.

Our analysis looked at 126 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the most diverse. To determine overall diversity, we consider four factors: racial/ethnic makeup of the students, the geographic representation of the students, male to female ratio, and age range.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois

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#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Our 2021 rankings named University of Chicago the most diverse school in Illinois. University of Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 43% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UChicago go into careers with an average salary of $68,100.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Northwestern University. The school came in at #2 in Illinois on this year’s diversity ranking. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large , private not-for-profit school awarded 2,770 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern U is $69,000 during the early years of their career.

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#3

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Out of the 126 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, DePaul University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 3,518 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 51% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from DePaul is $53,300 during the early years of their career.

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#4

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend DeVry University - Illinois. The school came in at #4 in Illinois on this year’s diversity ranking. DeVry University - Illinois is a private for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 10% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,100 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The excellent diversity at Columbia College Chicago helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Illinois. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 1,560 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Columbia make an average of $34,400 a year.

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#6

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Coming in at #6 for 2021 overall diversity in Illinois is Wheaton College Illinois. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 720 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Wheaton College Illinois make an average of $48,400 a year.

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#7

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois list. Knox is located in Galesburg, Illinois and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 367 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

About 19.02% of the students are international. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Knox make an average of $39,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #8, Moody Bible Institute did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 586 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 13.62% of the student body.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois list. This large , public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

13.72% of the students come from out of the country. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UIUC go into careers with an average salary of $61,500.

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#10

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Benedictine University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Lisle, Illinois, and it awarded 777 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $49,000 during the early years of their career.

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#11

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

If you crave a diverse college experience, UIC, coming in at #11 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This large , public school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 54% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UIC make an average of $54,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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Trinity International University - Illinois landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois ranking. TIU Illinois is located in Deerfield, Illinois and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 146 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 27% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from TIU Illinois make an average of $41,100 a year.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, coming in at #13 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 616 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

27.29% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago make an average of $33,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#14

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois

Lake Forest College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois ranking, coming in at #14. Lake Forest is located in Lake Forest, Illinois and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 453 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest is $50,900 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Loyola University Chicago landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois ranking. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school awarded 2,792 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Chicago make an average of $54,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, AIU Online, coming in at #16 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. American InterContinental University - Online is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in Schaumburg, Arizona that handed out 1,247 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 9% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from AIU Online go into careers with an average salary of $37,300.

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#17

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

Coming in at #17 for 2021 overall diversity in Illinois is North Park. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 499 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 51% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from North Park go into careers with an average salary of $43,700.

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#18

Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Concordia University - Chicago came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois ranking. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, Illinois and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 20% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Concordia University Chicago make an average of $39,700 a year.

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#19

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

Coming in at #19 for 2021 overall diversity in Illinois is NIU. NIU is located in Dekalb, Illinois and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,441 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 54% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $45,500 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

If you crave a diverse college experience, Illinois Tech, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Illinois Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 600 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 14.12% of the students are international. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech make an average of $69,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#21

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #21, Roosevelt University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 645 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 39% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Roosevelt make an average of $43,600 a year.

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#22

Principia College

Elsah, Illinois

If you crave a diverse college experience, Principia, coming in at #22 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Elsah, Illinois, and it awarded 119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.61% of the students come from out of the country.

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#23

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

With a ranking of #23, Greenville University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois list. Greenville, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 304 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 63% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Greenville make an average of $36,800 a year.

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#24

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

Bradley University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Peoria, Illinois, and it awarded 1,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Bradley go into careers with an average salary of $53,600.

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#25

Monmouth College

Monmouth, Illinois

If you crave a diverse college experience, Monmouth, coming in at #25 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Monmouth is located in Monmouth, Illinois and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 238 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth make an average of $41,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

  • 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 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).

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