Last month, we mentioned that Newsweek selected ten high-schools that they rated to be the best in the North Shore area. Not to be ignored, this week we turn our attention to colleges. Forbes ranks colleges according to what students get out of them. It evaluates them according to five factors:

• Student Satisfaction (25 percent)
• Post-Graduate Success (32.5 percent)
• Student Debt (25 percent)
• Four-year Graduation Rate (7.5 percent)
• Academic Success (10 percent)

Illinois Top Colleges

Illinois Top Colleges

Forbes 2015 concluded that the 17 best colleges in our state are the following:

1. Northwestern University (#16)
2. University of Chicago (#20)
3. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (#68)
4. Wheaton College (#86)
5. Knox College (#165)
6. Bradley University (#251)
7. Illinois Wesleyan University (#253)
8. Illinois Institute of Technology (#256)
9. Augustana College (#284)
10. DePaul University (#291)
11. Loyola University Chicago (#294)
12. Lake Forest College (#306)
13. University of Illinois, Chicago (#355)
14. Illinois State University (#424)
15. Elmhurst College (#474)
16. North Central College (#482)
17. Millikin University (#525)