Which Colleges Do Illinois High Schoolers Apply to Most?

Which universities are the "most desirable" to Illinoisans looking at college?

Have you ever wondered which college Illinois high school students looking to attend college apply to the most? It should come as no surprise the biggest public university in Illinois, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, is tops in receiving applications from Illinoisans. But which other schools receive a lot of applications?

Using the National Center for Education Statistics database, eCollegeFinder created a map of the “most desirable” college in each state based on the number of undergrad applications received last fall for the 2014-15 academic year.

Since many Illinois high school graduates apply to in-state colleges or to those in our five bordering neighbors — Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky and Iowa — in case you needed quick geography refresher, here is a breakdown of universities that received the most applications.

In a bit of a surprise, not all the schools are public universities.

While the University of Illinois is the school in the state with the most applications received from Illinoisans, it is only the third-best university in Illinois, according to U.S. News and World Report. 

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FaceOnMars May 21, 2014 at 09:52 PM
As one of my old English teachers at HPHS liked to say, "Name Brand U".
Mark C May 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Stu, I feel bad for college grads who had to face this rough economy, but those who didn't go to either college or a trade school are way worse off. I finished school with a computer science degree right as the dot com bubble burst. It took me a 9 months to find my first job, but I never once looked at it as a bad decision. Students just have to be mindful of the debt they take on. I actually dropped out of State because I couldn't find a halfway decent paying job. Enrolled in a school back here in Chicago and had a great job working my way through college and continued working there those 9 months. Either way college with some debt is way better than no college and the limited job opportunities they'll face. What I don't understand is our government will give almost free money away to banks but don't offer the same to students. Having an educated population only strengthens our country socially and economically.
Stu Pidasso May 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Mark,I agree with you. This is the country that we live in!! What bothers me is that I have see big companies that want to hire these grads as INTERNS!! before becoming a full hire!! How can one expect someone who has invested tens of thousands on an education, then have to work for free to prove themselves,( which will likely cause resentment against the company) when you can go flip burgers for 9-10 dollars per hour without having to intern for FREE!! I have met several Masters and Phd students who are sharp intellectually but are lacking in LIFE SKILLS!! very sad...
Bernard Johnson May 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Let's face it, Illinois is provincial and Midwest-opic. In reviewing the universities that this year's crop of graduates of Deerfield High-school {the # 1 rated truly public high-school in Illinois} will be attending you WON'T find ANY at: Harvard Princeton Columbia Stanford Georgetown the College of William and Mary the University of Virginia Johns Hopkins Vanderbuilt Emory the University of California at Berkely the University of California at San Diego the University of California at Davis Brown Colgate Barnard Bryn Mawr Scripps Smith Vassar Wellesley MIT Cal-Tech Duke Rice Carnegie Melon Rensselaer Polytechnic Texas A&M Baylor The United States Military Academy at West Point The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis The United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs The United States Coast Guard Academy at New London etc, etc, etc. It's remarkable - when you stop to look and think about it! The State of Illinois is in such financial distress that a significant percentage of students entering the U of I at Champaign/Urbana [the sole outstanding university in the State's system} are non-residents and/or international students. Only 78% of undergraduates and 1/3rd of graduate students at the U of I are from Illinois! Non-residents are charged double the tuition and international students even more. Though the Illinois constitution requires the state to provide the primary funding for public education, in reality the state provides about 20% [not 51+%]. When you look at the net costs for Illinois' students to attend out of state universities [public and/or private], they can attend universities that are equal to or less costly than the U of I, have smaller class-sizes and a greater statistical probability of securing their degree in four years, and those are things to think about. At the same time, the provincialism of where students from the top high-schools in Illinois choose to attend is rather remarkable. Obviously, the counselors in schools like Deerfield, Highland Park, Stevenson and the other top high-schools in Illinois aren't networked with the better schools on either coast and students are shooting low - at least lower than they could and/or should be shooting for. Among the consequences of our best and brightest being Midwest-opic, but, with many being precluded from attending one of the three viable universities in the state [the U of C, Northwestern and/or the U of I at Champaign] we - in Illinois, see most of our best and brighest leave the state, though not for the finer schools on either coast. The demographics of where our best and brighest choose to attend college is most enlightening and of significant consequence{s} to the State of Illinois. Interesting.
Bernard Johnson May 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Correction; DHS is sending a few students to Vanderbuilt.


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