Smaller 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 fewer 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.

Smaller Private Colleges in the Midwest

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Shimer College Chicago IL 69 $24,890
Blackburn College Carlinville IL 564 $15,770
Eureka College Eureka IL 592 $15,360
MacMurray College Jacksonville IL 646 $16,850
Rockford College Rockford IL 799 $22,950
Trinity International University Deerfield IL 934 21080
Quincy University Quincy IL 948 $19,600
Concordia University River Forest IL 949 $21,320
Illinois College Jacksonville IL 1,022 $18,800
Judson University Elgin IL 1,232 $20,420
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights IL 1,269 $19,241
Knox College Galesburg IL 1,281 $29,178
Greenville College Greenville IL 1,294 $18,672
Monmouth College Monmouth IL 1,298 $22,000
Dominican University River Forest IL 1395 22450
Lake Forest College Lake Forest IL 1,456 $30,964
University of St Francis Joliet IL 1,613 $20,830
National-Louis University Chicago IL 1,645 $17,725
Tri-State University-South Bend Campus South Bend IN 108 $6,912
Martin University Indianapolis IN 374 $13,680
Taylor University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne IN 516 $20,074
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods IN 743 $20,180
Calumet College of Saint Joseph Whiting IN 837 $11,650
Huntington University Huntington IN 935 $19,430
Goshen College Goshen IN 955 $21,300
Hanover College Hanover IN 979 $24,220
Manchester College North Manchester IN 995 $21,640
Franklin College Franklin IN 1,029 $21,325
Wabash College Crawfordsville IN 1,034 $26,350
Saint Josephs College Rensselaer IN 1,091 $21,880
Grace College and Theological Seminary Winona Lake IN 1,134 $19,424
Earlham College Richmond IN 1,163 $31,514
Tri-State University Angola IN 1,168
University of Saint Francis-Ft Wayne Fort Wayne IN 1,500 $19,570
Oakland City University Oakland City IN 1,572 $14,820
Bethel College Mishawaka IN 1,586 $18,900
Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame IN 1,591 $26,875
Marian College Indianapolis IN 1,659 $20,800
Michigan Jewish Institute Oak Park MI 65 $10,280
Baker College Corporate Services Auburn Hills MI 308 $6,660
Concordia University-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 482 $19,870
Finlandia University Hancock MI 555 $17,414
Marygrove College Detroit MI 569 $14,690
Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo MI 814 $28,716
Rochester College Rochester Hills MI 908 $14,860
Adrian College Adrian MI 1,025 $21,620
Olivet College Olivet MI 1,025 $18,684
Siena Heights University Adrian MI 1,161 $18,494
Alma College Alma MI 1,236 $23,688
Aquinas College Grand Rapids MI 1,419 $20,048
Cornerstone University Grand Rapids MI 1,610 $18,360
Andrews University Berrien Springs MI 1,631 $18,968
Crown College Saint Bonifacius MN 1,031 $18,588
North Central University Minneapolis MN 1,088 $13,666
Concordia University-Saint Paul Saint Paul MN 1,679 $23,496
Stephens College Columbia MO 813 $21,730
Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fayette MO 838 $17,160
Culver-Stockton College Canton MO 844 $16,800
Westminster College Fulton MO 969 $15,946
William Woods University Fulton MO 986 $16,080
Avila University Kansas City MO 1,026 $18,850
Hannibal-Lagrange College Hannibal MO 1,170 $13,630
William Jewell College Liberty MO 1,266 $21,400
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout MO 1,415 $16,180
Missouri Valley College Marshall MO 1,494 $15,450
Evangel University Springfield MO 1,567 $13,915
Temple Baptist College Cincinnati OH 47 $8,670
David N Myers University Cleveland OH 336 $10,950
Antioch College Yellow Springs OH 420 $28,573
Ohio Christian University Circleville OH 464 $13,040
Lake Erie College Painesville OH 635 $23,886
Defiance College Defiance OH 828 $20,630
Bluffton University Bluffton OH 942 $21,780
Wilberforce University Wilberforce OH 956 $11,560
Notre Dame College Cleveland OH 980 $21,090
Ursuline College Pepper Pike OH 1,031 $22,910
Hiram College Hiram OH 1,146 $24,885
Lourdes College Sylvania OH 1,152 $11,232
Heidelberg College Tiffin OH 1,175 $18,618
Union Institute & University Cincinnati OH 1,198 $9,844
Tiffin University Tiffin OH 1,274 $16,800
Urbana University Urbana OH 1,335 $17,704
Marietta College Marietta OH 1,409 $24,842
Wilmington College Wilmington OH 1,409 $22,078
Muskingum College New Concord OH 1,592 $17,970
College of Mount St. Joseph Cincinnati OH 1,665 $21,200
Silver Lake College Manitowoc WI 344 $18,320
Northland College Ashland WI 675 $21,901
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee WI 703 $19,564
Ripon College Ripon WI 1,043 $23,323
Mount Mary College Milwaukee WI 1,106 $19,205
Beloit College Beloit WI 1,308 $29,908
Lawrence University Appleton WI 1,438 $31,080
Viterbo University La Crosse WI 1,670 $18,590
Edgewood College Madison WI 1,688 $19,080