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Smallest Colleges in Illinois

Find the perfect Illinois college for your budget, lifestyle, and career goals. CollegeStats helps you compare Illinois colleges offering a variety of online and on-campus degree programs.

List of the Smallest Colleges in Illinois

Want to attend college but feeling anxious about large crowds and big lecture halls? Not to worry -- after all, Illinois is home to several small colleges that offer robust academic programs and student activities. In fact, small colleges usually boast strong student advising systems, allowing students to work one-on-one with academic advisors to craft a major and field of study that best suits their interests, strengths, and career goals. Additionally, the community building aspect that comes with small colleges is great for those looking to network easily. Check out our list of colleges in Illinois below to see which one will best suit your budget, goals, and lifestyle.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate # of Students
1

St John's Hospital School of Clinical Lab Science

Springfield

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

6

2

Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technology

Quincy

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

8

3

Creative Touch Cosmetology School

Waterloo

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

10

4

Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology

Quincy

IL

N/A

2 year

N/A

17

5

SOLEX Medical Academy

Wheeling

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

25

6

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology-Belleville

Belleville

IL

N/A

Vocational

62.5%

27

7

Pivot Point Academy-Chicago

Chicago

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

28

8

Tri-County Beauty Academy

Litchfield

IL

N/A

Vocational

100%

28

9

Shear Learning Academy of Cosmetology

Decatur

IL

N/A

Vocational

100%

29

10

La James International College-East Moline

East Moline

IL

N/A

Vocational

85.71%

32

11

Sanford-Brown College-Collinsville

Collinsville

IL

N/A

2 year

N/A

32

12

Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology

Dekalb

IL

N/A

Vocational

86%

33

13

Capri Beauty College

Chicago

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

39

14

The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology

Downers Grove

IL

N/A

Vocational

100%

44

15

Networks Barber College

Calumet City

IL

N/A

Vocational

64.29%

45

16

Christian Life College

Mount Prospect

IL

N/A

4 year

50%

46

17

The Salon Professional Academy-Elgin

Elgin

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

48

18

Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-La Salle

La Salle

IL

N/A

Vocational

72.73%

50

19

Gem City College

Quincy

IL

N/A

Vocational

76.19%

52

20

Sanford-Brown College-Hillside

Hillside

IL

N/A

2 year

N/A

53

21

University of Aesthetics-Chicago

Chicago

IL

N/A

Vocational

N/A

56

22

Mr John's School of Cosmetology & Nails-Jacksonville

Jacksonville

IL

N/A

Vocational

81.82%

58

23

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology-Godfrey

Godfrey

IL

N/A

Vocational

92.11%

59

24

Prince Institute-Great Lakes

Schaumburg

IL

N/A

2 year

60%

59

25

Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation

Chicago

IL

N/A

4 year

N/A

60

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