This guide to undergraduate and graduate colleges in Cook County does the research for any Chicagoland college-bound student and their family planning to stay in their hometown. Students often choose to stay in the local area for health or financial reasons, or to take care of family, or simply to stay where they have access to certain facilities. Whatever your reason, this guide covers 74 private and public colleges to help you select those that will fit your needs. Online colleges must have a physical location in Cook County to be included. Sources for the info are the web sites of the colleges and the National Center for Education Statistics.

This page is arranged in alphabetical order. You can also narrow down your choices by the Type of School, and the Location. Under My Colleges, you can compare colleges on your list to figure out which ones are closest to your ideal school. This was my Girl Scout Gold Award project.

First published in September 2015; last updated May 12, 2021


Adler University Ambria College of Nursing American Academy of Art American Islamic College
Bexley Seabury Seminary Catholic Theological Union Chamberlain University College of Nursing The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Chicago State University Chicago Theological Seminary Christian Life College Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University Chicago Coyne College DePaul University DeVry University
Dominican University
East-West University
Erikson Institute Flashpoint Chicago
Fox College Garrett-Evangelical
Theological Seminary
Harold Washington College Harper College
Harry S Truman College Hebrew Theological College Illinois College of Optometry Illinois Institute of Technology

The Institute for Clinical Social Work
Kennedy-King College Lincoln College of Technology Loyola University Chicago
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago MacCormac College
Malcolm X College
McCormick Theological Seminary
Meadville Lombard Theological School Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Midwestern Career College Moody Bible Institute
Moraine Valley Community College Morton College National Louis University
North Park University
Northeastern Illinois University NorthShore Univ. HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia Northwestern College Northwestern University

Oakton Community College
Olive-Harvey College Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Prairie State College
Relay Graduate School of Education Resurrection University Richard J. Daley College Roosevelt University
Rush University SAE Institute Chicago Saint Xavier University School of the Art Institute of Chicago
South Suburban College Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership St. Augustine College
Taylor Business Institute
Telshe Yeshiva Chicago Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago Trinity Christian College Triton College
University of Chicago University of Illinois
at Chicago
University of Notre Dame-Mendoza College VanderCook College of Music
Wilbur Wright College Worsham College of Mortuary Science