This list of the best nursing schools in Chicago combines tuition expense and graduation rates to rank each school in order from best (#1) to last (#50). The schools in this list vary in their types of nursing degree programs and curriculums available. Information about each nursing school in the list includes some information about their NCLEX-RN exam pass rates in recent years if that data is available. Also included is information regarding the school’s degree programs and availability. Lastly, information has been provided about each college’s student/employment resources, statistics, accomplishments or admissions requirements.
City Colleges of Chicago – Malcolm X College tops our list of best schools for nursing in Chicago, IL. It is part of the City Colleges of Chicago System. The school’s annual tuition comes in at only $4,858. That makes it tied with the most affordable college on this list. At a 75 percent graduation rate, the school on the west side of Chicago is ranked #5 for graduation rates on this list.
City Colleges of Chicago – Wilbur Wright College is also part of the City Colleges of Chicago system and thus has the same tuition rate as the Malcolm X College campus at $4,858. The City Colleges system has the most affordable college tuition for Chicago residents. The school’s graduation rate is 73.4 percent, ranking it #9 for graduation rates on this list.
Morton College is number three on the list of best nursing schools. Their nursing program will cost approximately $7,764 per year. They are the fourth most affordable college on this list of schools with nursing programs in Chicago. For graduation rates, they rank 8 on the list with a 73.8 percent rate.
College of Lake County, number four on our list of the best nursing schools in the Chicago area, costs around $8,358 to attend per year in tuition for students already living in the state. On this list, they are ranked #6 for tuition affordability. They have a 71.9 percent graduation rate, ranking them at #10 in that category.
Moraine Valley Community College is a two-year college that provides a formative nursing program in Illinois. Their annual tuition will cost around $8,916 per year. They have a 74 percent graduation rate. This graduation rate is ranked #7 on the list of 50 best nursing programs in the city of Chicago, IL.
Prairie State College is the 6th best nursing college in Chicago on this list comparing tuition and graduation rates combined. For tuition, the annual in-state cost to students will be about $7,800. Their graduation rate at 62.5% is #15 on this list.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is the seventh overall ranked school between tuition and graduation rates. The tuition per year at this campus will cost around $15,360, making it #17 for tuition affordability, but its 74% graduation rate is #6 on this list, pulling it up to an impressive 7th place overall.
Illinois Central College ranks number 8 on the list for its combined tuition affordability and graduation rates for nursing schools in Chicago, IL. Annual tuition is only about $8,700, coming in at #7 on most affordable colleges on the list. For graduation rate, the school is ranked at #17 with a rate of 59.7 percent.
John Wood Community College is the ninth-ranked college in this list of best nursing schools in Chicago. Their tuition is only $7,710 per year, making them the third most affordable college in this entire list of 50 schools. Their low graduation rate of 56.2 percent, however, drags them a little lower.
The Illinois State University campus comes in as number 10 out of 50 nursing schools in the Chicago area. Its tuition is around $18,415 per year with a stable graduation rate of 86.5 percent.
Elmhurst College is in eleventh place. Their campus is comparable in cost to Illinois State University, with an annual price tag of around $18,825. In terms of graduation rate, the college is ranked second of all 50 listed schools with a stunning rate of 92.9 percent.
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s annual tuition cost is $11,571, putting them at 14th most affordable campus on the list. Their graduation rate is lower on the scale and sits at 61.4 percent.
Elgin Community College is definitely not the most affordable community college on the list with an annual price tag of $10,439. Their graduation rate is 58.7 percent. They rank #12 and #19 in those respective categories for this list.
Oakton Community College‘s tuition is around $8,878, giving them a rank of #8 for tuition affordability. Their graduation rates are 54.5 percent, putting them at #26 for graduation rates on this list.
Black Hawk College is the 15th ranked nursing school in Chicago based on their tuition and graduation rates combined. With a tuition rate of $16,781 per year, they are ranked the 20th most affordable school on the list. Graduation rates are at 62.7 percent so they rank #14 in that category.
The campus for the College of DuPage and their nursing program lands at #16 ranking by combined tuition and graduation rates. Their tuition ranks at #11 with an annual in-state price of $9,736 and their graduation rate is 55.9 percent. That gives them the #24 ranking on this list for graduation rates.
Argosy University Chicago ranks 17 on this list with its affordable tuition and moderate graduation rates. It is 15 on the list for tuition affordability with students paying about $13,438 every year in the state of Illinois. Their graduation rates are at 57.5%, which puts the school at #20 ranked in that category.
Rush University is a four-year school in Illinois that offers a nursing degree program. It is not quite as affordable as other schools in this list, however, with an annual in-state tuition price tag of about $25,402. That makes them #38 in terms of cost. Their cost is made up by the fact that they are the #1 ranked school for graduation rate at 93%.
Triton College is the tenth most affordable campus and 31st in graduation rates for nursing schools on this list out of 50. Their 19th rank for schools overall is due to their low tuition and 51.3 percent graduation rate. They rank #31 in graduation rates on this list. It costs around $9,360 to attend Triton College in Illinois.
Another four-year university, this school ranks 20th on the list of 50 schools for nursing in the Chicago area. Western Illinois University is 19th most affordable and 22nd for graduation rates on the list of schools here. It will cost about $16,463 to attend per year. Their graduation rate is 56.5 percent.
Aurora University, a four-year Illinois college, ranks 21 on the list of nursing schools. It has an annual in-state tuition price tag of around $18,329. That gives it the 23rd rank for that category. Their graduation rate is 59.5 percent, putting them at #18 in that category. This school ties overall with Triton College and Western Illinois University when comparing average tuition and graduation rates.
Lewis University is another four-year Illinois institution with degree programs for nursing. They land at number 22 on this list of nursing schools in the area. Their annual cost of tuition is going to run approximately $20,232. That gives them the tuition affordability rank of #32 on this particular list of schools. Their graduation rate is around 71.2 percent.
Eastern Illinois University offers several nursing programs for students and is ranked 23rd on this list of schools. It has an annual tuition cost of about $14,788, which puts them at #16 for tuition on this list. Their graduation rate is 53.4 percent, placing it in 28th place for that category.
South Suburban College in the Chicago area is a nursing school that is more affordable than Eastern Illinois University but graduates fewer students. Their annual tuition sits around $10,786, giving them spot #13 for the tuition rate category. Their graduation rate is 50.9 percent, placing them 32nd in that category.
Chamberlain College of Nursing falls at the mid-point when comparing tuition rates and graduation rates to similar nursing schools in the Chicago area. They’re ranked #25 in tuition price and #21 for graduation rate on this list. Their in-state tuition for students will cost around $18,360 per year and the school’s graduation rate rests at 57.3 percent.
Olivet Nazarene University will cost students in the state of Illinois around $20,300 per year. That gives them a tuition rank of #33 on this list of schools. The school’s graduation rate is 64.3 percent, placing them 13th for that specific category in this list of nursing schools in the Chicago, IL area.
Coming in at number 27 on the list of 50 best nursing schools in Chicago is Trinity Christian College. This school is 34th for tuition rank with its annual cost around $21,770. Their graduation rates hover around an average of 70 percent, ranking them 12th for graduation rates on this list of schools.
Saint Xavier University will not cost nearly as much to attend as the previous two schools on this list, but their graduation rates aren’t quite as high either. Saint Xavier state residents should expect to pay about $15,450 every year in tuition. Their graduation rate is 52 percent. On this list, ranked by combined tuition rate and graduation rate, the school is ranked #18 for tuition price and #30 for graduation rate.
Dominican University is slightly more expensive than Saint Xavier but less than Trinity or Olivet Nazarene. Its graduation rate is slightly higher than Saint Xavier. The school will cost students in Illinois around $18,220 per year. That gives it a tuition rank of #22 on this list. The graduation rate is 54.3 percent, giving the school 27th place for that category on this list of schools.
The University of St. Francis is another prestigious four-year college that offers nursing programs to students in the state of Illinois. Their annual tuition cost for incoming resident students will cost around $17,970. Their graduation rate is 50.2 percent.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science offers a nursing program in Illinois as well as other medical and science intensive course programs and degrees. Their tuition remains the highest priced on this list at $49,920 approximately per year of college at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. However, they have a 85.4 percent graduation rate. Compared to the other schools on this list, they rank fourth for graduation rates out of the 50 in this list for nursing schools.
The 32nd spot goes to another four-year college in Illinois. Benedictine University has a moderate tuition price per year for Illinois students and they fall right in the middle of the list for graduation rates. They are ranked #30 for tuition rates with an annual price of about $20,017. They are ranked in graduation rates at #25 on the list. Their graduation rates are 55 percent.
North Park University, a nursing school in the Chicago area, has annual tuition that costs around $20,076 per year in Illinois. That puts them in 31st place for tuition. Their rank for graduation rate is #29, theirs sitting at 53 percent.
Northern Illinois University‘s performance and tuition rate combined show that the average student will pay about $19,782 for each year of school. The school has a graduation rate of 47.9 percent.
Millikin University is currently ranked number 35 on this list of nursing schools for a yearly tuition price of $21,935 each year and a graduation rate of 38.6 percent.
Quincy University is ranked at number 36 out of 50 on this list of nursing schools in the Chicago, IL area. Their tuition is reasonable. Students should expect to pay approximately $18,949 per year. That makes the school’s tuition rank on this list at #27, so within the mid range price. Their graduation rates are below ten percent, estimated around 9.5 percent currently. That puts them at #49 in graduation rate performance on this list of nursing schools.
McKendree University is another Illinois four-year college with exceptional nursing programs. They are #37 on this list of schools in the Chicago area with a tuition price of $19,694 per year and a graduation rate of 14 percent.
Rockford University is next on the list with a rank of number 38 for nursing schools in the Chicago, IL area. This school has an annual tuition price for Illinois students at $23,289. That puts the school at a rank of #36 for affordability on this list of 50 nursing schools. The graduation rate is 30.1 percent. That puts the school at a rank of #40 for graduation rate performance when factored into this list of 50 schools.
Resurrection University will cost Illinois students about $24,562 per year of school, putting it at 37th for affordability. Their graduation rate sits at 33.3 percent.
Bradley University’s combined rate of tuition and rate of graduation puts the school at number 40 out of 50 for nursing schools in Chicago, IL. Students residing in the state of Illinois can expect to pay an average annual tuition rate of $26,773. Their graduation rate sits at 34 percent.
Methodist College is the first nursing school in this list to reach past the $30k mark for annual tuition cost. Methodist College will cost the average Illinois student about $30,794 in tuition per year. The college has a graduation rate of 42 percent, giving it the graduation rank of #36 on this list of schools.
Depaul University is a four-year college in Illinois that offers wonderful nursing programs in the state. Depaul University charges about $36,360 yearly for students in Illinois. They have a 50 percent graduation rate.
The 43rd ranked school in this list is Trinity College of Nursing in Illinois. Students will pay an average of $27,067 per year at Trinity College of Nursing. Graduation rate performance for this school sits at 19.3 percent.
Coming in at number 44 of 50 nursing colleges in the Chicago, IL area is Ambria College of Nursing. The Ambria College of Nursing will cost students in the state an estimated $30,632 annually. Graduation rates at this particular school are around 24.6 percent.
Illinois Wesleyan University is ranked number 45 of 50 best colleges for nursing listed here. Tuition per year at Illinois Wesleyan University will cost about $31,227 for resident students. That puts the school’s tuition rank on this list at #45 in terms of affordability. The school’s graduation rate is about 25.2 percent.
Robert Morris University – Illinois makes the cut at number 46 on the list of best nursing schools here. Robert Morris University – Illinois has a tuition price of approximately $33,600 per year of college. The graduation rate at this university is 27.1 percent.
Number 47 on the list of best schools for nursing in Chicago is Adler University. The tuition at Adler will cost students in the state of Illinois around $30,360 per year. For graduation rates at Adler University, the school has a 19 percent rate in its performance.
The University of Chicago falls to number 48 on this list of schools when combining tuition cost and graduation rate. The tuition at the University of Chicago is around $31,068 annually. That ranks the school at #44 in terms of affordability. Their graduation rate sits at around 24 percent, making them #45 on the ranking list for that specific category.
Loyola University is the second to last school on the list for nursing schools in Chicago. The school has an approximate price tag of $34,934 per year and has a graduation rate of 24.8 percent.
Valparaiso University has an annual tuition cost of $37,550, making it the second to last most affordable college on the list of schools here. It has the lowest graduation rate on the list.
The methodology used to create the 50 best nursing schools in Chicago list posted here was to score schools based on the affordability of their tuition combined with their graduation rates. Using publicly available data about each school including research by other organizations, the schools themselves and the State of Illinois, scores were calculated by ranking schools first in order of tuition price ascending from least expensive to most expensive annually. Then the schools were ranked in order of graduation rates with the highest rates first followed by the lowest. Combining those rankings and finding the difference, points were given to each school to get their overall rank on this list.