College Profiles

College Profiles

Arrupe College (Loyola)

By Ruben Soberanis ’19

Arrupe College is a college of Loyola University.  It’s a 2 year college which means one doesn’t receive a bachelor degree. Arrupe is a college for students who need financial help. Arrupe was named after a priest and is located in the heart of Chicago’s gold coast.

  • Mascot: Lu Wolf
  • Average ACT Score: 17-22
  • Tuition: $12,500


North Park University

By Ruben Soberanis ’19

North Park is a Christian university that was founded by the Evangelical Covenant church in 1891. The university is located on Chicago’s north side.  According to U.S. News & World Report, North Park ranks 54 in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges. With a 47% acceptance rate, it enrolls 3,200 students from all over the world.

  • Mascot: Viking
  • Average ACT Score: 19
  • Tuition: $25,740


Northeastern Illinois University

By Diana Gomez ’19

Northeastern Illinois University was founded in 1867 in Blue Island, IL. The university has made some improvements over the years, but the goal remains the same: they want their students to be ready for life outside of college. According to U.S. News & World Report, Northeastern Illinois University was ranked in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges at Regional Universities (midwest) Tier 2, and has an acceptance rate of 64%.

  • Mascot: an eagle
  • Average ACT Score: 19
  • Tuition: $23,521


Western Illinois University

By Luis Marquez ’19

Thirty percent of students who attend Western Illinois University are Hispanic or African American. It is located in Macomb, IL and is one of the best Midwestern colleges. According to U.S. News & World Report, Western Illinois University  is ranked 46th in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest) with an acceptance rate of 66%.

  • Mascot: Rocky the Bulldog
  • Average ACT Score: 21
  • Tuition: $11,686


University of Michigan

By Luis Flores ’19

   University of Michigan was found on Aug. 26, 1817. This school has a total of 27 varsity sports teams. This university has a total of 43,625 students. This school has a 26.6% acceptance rate. According to U.S. News World Report, The University of Michigan was featured in 2016’s edition of best colleges and is ranked 29 in National Universities. The location of this University is located in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Mascot: Bliff the Wolverine
  • Average ACT Score: 28-32
  • Out-of-state tuition: $57,432


Illinois State University

By Luis Flores ’19

Illinois State University was founded in 1857. This university is recognized as one of the ten largest producers of teachers in the U.S. according to the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. This university has an acceptance rate of 74%. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Illinois State University is ranked #142 in America’s best 260 universities. This college is located in Normal, IL.

  • Mascot: Reggie Redbird
  • Average ACT Score: 24
  • Tuition: $13,168


University of Illinois at Chicago

By Luis Marquez ’19

UIC students can choose from more than 150 student organizations and participate in student government. Also UIC is located in Chicago, IL. UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago area, having nearly 29,000 students enrolled in its 15 colleges. It is ranked as  #129 in the website U.S. News Education, with a acceptance rate of 72.7%.


  • Mascot: Sparky D. Dragon
  • Average ACT Score: 19
  • Tuition: $25,692


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

By Diana Gomez ’19

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1867 and has since become one of the best universities. Located in Champaign, IL, the university’s goal is to teach their students how to overcome global problems as well as expand on personal experiences. According to 2016 Web Ranking, the university is currently ranked at #1 in best colleges in Illinois, and the college has an acceptance rate of 62.4%.

  • Symbol: Chief Illiniwek
  • Average ACT Score: 28
  • Tuition: $30,638