Larger Private Colleges in the Midwest

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the private colleges and universities with more than 1,700 full-time undergrads located in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Tuition listed is in for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Larger Private Colleges in the Midwest

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
North Park University Chicago IL 1,858 $20,015
Aurora University Aurora IL 1,906 $16,850
North Central College Naperville IL 2,094 $24,564
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington IL 2,139 $30,750
McKendree University Lebanon IL 2,232 $20,150
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 2,295 $26,756
Augustana College Rock Island IL 2,450 $26,484
Wheaton College Wheaton IL 2,492 $23,730
Millikin University Decatur IL 2,532 $23,945
Roosevelt University Chicago IL 2,857 $16,980
Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 2,904 $21,236
Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 2,942 $24,660
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 2,961 $19,590
Benedictine University Lisle IL 3,407 $21,310
Lewis University Romeoville IL 3,424 $20,450
University of Chicago Chicago IL 4,781 $35,868
Bradley University Peoria IL 5,150 $21,378
Northwestern University Evanston IL 8,429 $35,429
Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 9,847 $27,966
Columbia College Chicago Chicago IL 9,964 $17,584
DePaul University Chicago IL 13,616 $24,394
Taylor University Upland IN 1,812 $23,260
Anderson University Anderson IN 2,220 $20,976
DePauw University Greencastle IN 2,389 $29,700
University of Evansville Evansville IN 2,623 $24,340
Valparaiso University Valparaiso IN 3,022 $25,200
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis IN 3,102 $19,690
Butler University Indianapolis IN 4,180 $26,806
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame IN 8,411 $35,187
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion IN 8,678 $18,284
Albion College Albion MI 1,925 $27,530
Lawrence Technological University Southfield MI 2,076 $20,496
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor MI 2,383 $18,360
Madonna University Livonia MI 2,483 $11,680
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI 2,739 $25,620
Hope College Holland MI 3,342 $23,800
Calvin College Grand Rapids MI 4,318 $21,685
Davenport University Grand Rapids MI 8,477 $9,956
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona MN 1,739 $22,398
Saint Johns University Collegeville MN 1,891 $26,570
Carleton College Northfield MN 1,925 $36,156
Macalester College Saint Paul MN 1,991 $33,694
College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph MN 2,042 $26,570
Hamline University Saint Paul MN 2,250 $26,614
Augsburg College Minneapolis MN 2,605 $24,046
The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth MN 2,648 $24,990
Northwestern College Saint Paul MN 2,649 $20,990
Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead MN 2,902 $22,350
St. Olaf College Northfield MN 3,003 $30,600
Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter MN 3,027 $28,515
College of St Catherine Saint Paul MN 3,045 $25,942
Bethel University Saint Paul MN 3,399 $24,510
University of St Thomas Saint Paul MN 5,969 $26,274
Rockhurst University Kansas City MO 1,707 $22,640
Fontbonne University Saint Louis MO 1,718 $18,320
Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis MO 1,790 $15,850
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar MO 2,193 $14,950
Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis MO 2,345 $19,050
Webster University Saint Louis MO 3,170 $19,330
Drury University Springfield MO 3,680 $16,979
Lindenwood University Saint Charles MO 5,592 $12,640
Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis MO 7,109 $35,524
Saint Louis University-Main Campus Saint Louis MO 7,562 $28,878
Columbia College Columbia MO 9,745 $13,034
Park University Parkville MO 9,843 $7,310
Kenyon College Gambier OH 1,734 $38,140
Walsh University North Canton OH 1,818 $18,960
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande OH 1,844 $16,400
Malone College Canton OH 1,884 $18,870
The College of Wooster Wooster OH 1,927 $31,870
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware OH 1,966 $31,930
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon OH 1,980 $18,064
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville OH 1,993 $18,180
Wittenberg University Springfield OH 2,155 $31,400
Mount Union College Alliance OH 2,158 $22,050
Ohio Dominican University Columbus OH 2,218 $21,700
Denison University Granville OH 2,252 $33,010
Capital University Columbus OH 2,514 $26,360
Otterbein College Westerville OH 2,672
Ashland University Ashland OH 2,707 $23,006
Oberlin College Oberlin OH 2,714 $36,282
Ohio Northern University Ada OH 2,765 $29,685
John Carroll University Cleveland OH 3,118 $26,434
Cedarville University Cedarville OH 3,152 $19,680
Baldwin-Wallace College Berea OH 3,213 $22,404
The University of Findlay Findlay OH 3,387 $23,890
Xavier University Cincinnati OH 3,890 $25,270
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland OH 4,370 $33,538
University of Dayton Dayton OH 7,375 $25,950
Alverno College Milwaukee WI 1,808 $18,650
Marian College of Fond du Lac Fond Du Lac WI 1,808 $18,650
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee WI 2,076 $25,980
Saint Norbert College De Pere WI 2,121 $24,653
Lakeland College Plymouth WI 2,177 $17,595
Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon WI 2,555 $19,040
Carthage College Kenosha WI 2,754 $25,000
Carroll College Waukesha WI 2,782 $20,900
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee WI 3,062 $19,074
Marquette University Milwaukee WI 7,659 $26,678