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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in Illinois for Students from Japan

18 Colleges
$36,370 Avg Tuition & Fees*
48% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 18 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the best for Japanese students in Illinois. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall value as determined by our Best Colleges for the Money ranking and the percentage of international students on campus.

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Top Value Colleges in Illinois for Students from Japan

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#1

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Illinois State University tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Japanese students in Illinois. Illinois State University is a large public school located in Normal, Illinois that handed out 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.5% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Illinois State are India, Panama, and China. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Illinois State runs, on average, about $20,427. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,030 per year.

Illinois State also claimed a spot on our overall value list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#2

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Western Illinois University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Macomb, Illinois is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,785 students in 2018-2019.

Around 4.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at WIU are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at WIU is about $12,940 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $11,803 a year in average tuition and fees.

In addition to its great ranking here, WIU is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall value list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Illinois at Chicago. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. University of Illinois at Chicago is a large public school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UIC come from such countries as India, China, and Iran. International students at UIC can expect to pay, on average, about $29,514 a year to attend the school. Graduate students pay around $27,140 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#4

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northern Illinois University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese students in Illinois list. This fairly large public school is located in Dekalb, Illinois, and it awarded 3,441 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.7% are international. Students studying at NIU come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia. International students at NIU can expect to pay, on average, about $14,610 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $11,280 per year.

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Out of the 18 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern Illinois University Carbondale landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Carbondale, Illinois, the fairly large public school handed out 3,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at SIUC come from such countries as India, Saudi Arabia, and China. International students at SIUC can expect to pay, on average, about $28,906 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $32,728 per year.

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With a ranking of #6, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois. Located in Champaign, Illinois, the large public school awarded 8,983 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.3% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UIUC are China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UIUC runs, on average, about $36,213. Graduate students pay around $31,490 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#7

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois ranking. Greenville University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greenville, Illinois that handed out 304 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Japan, and Hong Kong come to Greenville to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Greenville runs, on average, about $27,910. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $8,082 per year.

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#8

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

With a ranking of #8, North Central College did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois. North Central College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Naperville, Illinois that handed out 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 3.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at North Central are Japan, China, and Vietnam. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at North Central is about $40,040 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $15,822 per year.

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#9

Millikin University

Decatur, Illinois

Millikin University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois. Millikin University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Decatur, Illinois that handed out 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.4% are international. Students studying at Millikin come from such countries as South Korea, Rwanda, and France. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Millikin runs, on average, about $37,054. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $22,960 per year.

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#10

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

Roosevelt University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois ranking. Roosevelt University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 645 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 6.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Roosevelt are China, India, and Taiwan. International students at Roosevelt can expect to pay, on average, about $30,876 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,171 per year.

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#11

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Columbia College Chicago ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,560 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Columbia come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Columbia runs, on average, about $27,756. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $2,320 per year.

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#12

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois ranking. DePaul is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,518 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 6.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at DePaul are China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at DePaul runs, on average, about $41,202. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,974 per year.

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#13

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois list. Knox is a private not-for-profit institution located in Galesburg, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 367 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Knox are China, Pakistan, and India. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Knox runs, on average, about $48,168.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Knox also made our overall value list, coming in at #4.

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#14

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #14, Loyola University Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,792 students in 2018-2019.

Around 5.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Loyola Chicago come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Loyola Chicago is about $45,543 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $19,498 per year.

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#15

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois list. Illinois Tech is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 600 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Illinois Tech are China, India, and Spain. International students at Illinois Tech can expect to pay, on average, about $48,749 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $30,937 per year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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With a ranking of #16, School of the Art Institute of Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 616 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 33.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to School of the Art Institute of Chicago to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at School of the Art Institute of Chicago is about $48,754 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $43,844 per year.

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#17

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois list. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,770 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.1% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Northwestern are China, India, and South Korea. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Northwestern runs, on average, about $56,691. Graduate students pay around $56,567 a year in average tuition and fees.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#18

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #18, University of Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Japanese Students in Illinois. UChicago is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 25.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea. International students at UChicago can expect to pay, on average, about $59,298 a year to attend the school. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $61,548 per year.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 18 schools only.

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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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