Chicago is known for a lot of things—like deep dish pizza and Malört—and when it comes to education, we’ve got some of the best institutes in the world. From prestigious private schools to technology learning centers, here’s a roundup of some of the best colleges and universities in the Windy City.
Located just outside of Chicago, Northwestern University is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching institutions. Here’s a few reasons why the Wildcats take the cake: over 500 clubs and student organizations, cutting-edge programs and curriculum, and a rich history of producing successful scholars. Plus, their tailgates are pretty epic.
Situated in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the University of Chicago is 217 acres of urban meets scenic college town. Students can select from more than 50 majors and 40 minors with everything from history to environmental studies. Oh and the university has 91 Nobel Prize winners in it’s ranks. Impressive, right?
With five campuses in and around Chicago, DePaul scores a ton of points for their accessibility. Over 300 student organizations, excellent Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the school’s sports teams (the Blue Demons) help DePaul stand out from the rest.
Known for their business, law, and medical programs, Loyola is another solid school. Their accelerated 3-3 year program is ideal for undergraduates looking to attend law school at Loyola as well. Some famous alumni you may know: Michael Quinlan (former CEO of McDonald’s), Ian Brennan (co-creator of the TV show Glee).
IIT made our list due to the fact that they offer a wide variety of engineering programs, including biomedical, mechanical, and aerospace, as well as degrees in the sciences and architecture. They routinely pump out top-notch alumni like James Roche, former secretary of the Air Force and Victor Tsao, founder of Linksys.
Here’s a fun fact: the UIC College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country. What’s more, the folks at UIC raised $32 million in funding to support COVID-19 vaccine trials and research. A few familiar alumni include well-known lobbyist Tony Podesta, former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw, and Blues musician Billy Branch.