COLLEGE AND POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING

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COLLEGE AND POST HIGH SCHOOL

PLANNING

2009-2010

Oak Lawn Community High School

9400 Southwest Highway

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OAK LAWN HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE DESCRIPTIONS

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American Academy of Art Chicago, IL Chicago Small

Coed of 400 undergraduates; city art school, offering 4-year programs in all Fine and Commercial Arts; unique program in illustration; open admissions; 60% of students who apply receive financial assistance; offering MFA program (graduate school). Standardized tests are not required. www.aaart.edu

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Ashford University Clinton, IL Midwest Small

The mission of Ashford University is to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives, professions, and communities. Ashford University offers online degrees as well as on-campus degrees and has more than 25 undergrad programs. The classes are small and affordable. They offer a variety of sports that play at the NAIA level. www.ashford.edu/info/

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Aurora University Aurora, IL Midwest Small

Coed of 1,800; residential setting; liberal arts with strong business department – Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Nursing, Education; new nursing facilities and biology lab; strong education program; 1 in 4 teachers in the Fox Valley area are Aurora University grads. Strong Master Programs in Education, Business, Social Work and Recreation administration. YMCA – Senior Directors Certification Program; Division III sports; Admission Requirements: Top 60% class rank: GPA 2.0 or higher on 4.0 scale; ACT 19 or higher. We do not require the writing portion of the ACT exam. www.aurora.edu

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Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, MI Midwest Large

Coed of 27,768 students; liberal arts specialty with more than 200 academic programs; admission requirements combine GPA, ACT scores, rigor of high school classes, extra-curricular activities and work and volunteer experiences. Central Michigan offers a number of scholarships to Illinois students. www.cmich.edu

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Chamberlain College of Nursing Various Locations and online Small

Building on 120 years of history, Chamberlain offers flexible and progressive academic nursing programs with a student-focused learning environment online and on-site. Chamberlain offers the following undergraduate nursing degree programs: Associate degree in nursing (ADN); Bachelors degree in nursing (BSN), with an online RN to BSN degree completion option. On the graduate level, Chamberlain offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program. www.chamberlain.edu

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Chicagoland Regional College

The Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP) offers a solution to the high costs associated with earning your college degree or career certificate. Through the CRCP, students attend college part-time at one of 5 area colleges and work part-time at UPS in Hodgkin’s, Illinois. CRCP students at Chicago State University, Moraine Valley Community College, Morton College, Prairie State College and Olive-Harvey College, receive paid tuition, books and fees, transportation allowances and can qualify for housing allowances and academic bonuses while earning a paycheck.

www.oliveharvey.ccc.edu

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Columbia College Chicago IL Chicago Medium

Coed of 9,600; liberal arts emphasizing Visual, Performing, Media & Communication Arts; An urban, downtown institution on South Michigan Avenue, Theater/Music Center, Wabash Campus Building and Dance Center; Film/Video, Photography, Arts/Graphics, Radio Broadcasting and Television, Theater, Music (rock, jazz and blues), Dance, Creative Writing, Advertising, Journalism, Arts, Entertainment and Media Management, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Sound Engineering, Computer Graphics, Interactive Multimedia, Early Childhood Education; rolling admissions; mid 50% rank. www.colum.edu

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DePaul University Chicago IL Chicago Large

Four year private Liberal Arts University located in the heart of Chicago. Population: 23,150 students; 57% female, 43% male; Applicants admitted: 69%; mid 50% rank; ACT scores 22-27. Approximate cost: $22,300. Financial Aid: Approx. 70% of students receive some form of financial aid. Most popular majors: Business, Computer science, Communications, Psychology, Pre-Med. DePaul offers a diverse learning environment that utilizes the man benefits of Chicago, all while maintaining the personal attention of a small university. www.depaul.edu

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Dominican University River Forest, IL Chicago Small

3,400 students; 1,400 undergrads; Tuition is $21,150; Room & Board is $6,620; Application is free online; Popular majors include: Business, English, Education, Sociology; ACT – 21; GPA – 2.75; Rank – upper ½; Will consider students that not meet ACT and GPA requirements if a student writes a personal statement and gets 3 letters of recommendation; New majors include: Fashion, Photography. www.dom.edu

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Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL Midwest Medium

11,300 students; 10,000 undergrads; Tuition is $5,207; Room & Board is $6,406; Application Fee is $30.00; Popular Majors include: Education, Business, Fashion Merchandising, Construction Management, Athletic Training and Sports Management, Psychology, Pre-Med/Bio. Science; ACT – 18; GPA – 3.0; Ranked 31 out of all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report; Merit and talent based scholarships available; www.eiu.edu

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Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL Chicago Small

Coed of 2,900 students; 2,400 undergrads; 38-acre suburban campus; 4 year Private liberal arts college, Business, Education, Music, Nursing, Natural Sciences, 40% live on campus; rolling admissions; Division III sports; GPA average is 3.4; ACT 24. www.elmhurst.edu

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Everest College Various Locations

Everest has campuses located across the United States. Each school offers students an opportunity to earn their diploma and/or degree in a variety of popular career fields - like medical assisting, massage therapy, criminal justice, business administration, and much more.

Students may also earn their degree completely online. Everest offers students online Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees through Everest University. www.EverestOnline.edu

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Fox College Oak Lawn IL Chicago Small

Two year accredited private college; coed of 200; students can earn an Associate degrees in as little as 16 months. Programs in Administrative Assistance, Accounting, and Medical Assisting; New program in Veterinary Tech; Job placement available. ACT is not required for admittance. www.foxcollege.edu

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Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Midwest Large

Coed, public school with more than 24,000 students. Grand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study, including 70 undergraduate majors and 26 graduate programs. Admission requirements are: four years of English, including composition, 3 years of science including 2 years of laboratory science, 3 years of college preparatory mathematics, 3 years of social science and 2 years of a foreign language; GPA of 3.3 or higher and ACT composite score of 21 or higher. www.gvsu.edu

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Harrington Institute of Design Chicago, IL Chicago Small

Associate Degrees and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees designed to help students prepare for a digital photography, interior design or graphic design career. While there are not any dorms or on campus living the school does have furnished apartments that they rent out to students at a discounted rate. www.interiordesign.edu

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HVAC Tech Chicago, IL Chicago Small

HVAC Tech was established with one goal in mind: to train and prepare men and women in practical skills and knowledge in order to increase their worth in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning workplace. This is a HVAC program that offers certification in the field. Teaching is offered in both English and Spanish.

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Illinois Center for Broadcasting Lombard, IL Midwest SmallThe Ohio and Illinois Centers for Broadcasting can provide you all the tools needed for the pursuit of an exciting career in radio and television. Applicants to the Ohio and Illinois Centers for Broadcasting must be high school graduates or have GED certification and must possess basic reading and speaking skills.

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Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL Chicago Small

Private, independent, coeducational research university founded in 1890; 2,216 undergraduate students; 3,112 graduate students; 1,114 law students; 75% men; 25% women; 42% out-of-state; 16% international; 120-acre main campus; 3 miles south of downtown Loop; Across the street from U.S. Cellular Field; Majors include: Engineering, Computer Science, Architecture, Science, Psychology, Business, and Humanities, Environmental Engineering, Honors Law, Honors Pharmacy, Pre-Med, Math/Science Education; More than 90% of students receive financial aid; Varsity athletics in sports; Mid 50% of class; ACT 26-30; www.iit.edu

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Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL Midwest Small

Strictly undergrad liberal arts university; Great school for the student that are interested in many different majors – allow students to combine unusual majors; Popular majors include: Music, Fine Arts, Education, Nursing, Political Science, Art, Drama; Tuition - $28,986; Room/Board - $6,864; Application is free; ACT 28; 2,140 undergrad students; www.iwu.edu

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Indiana University Bloomington IN Midwest Large

Residential big 10 institution; 30,000 undergrads; Liberal Arts focus with nationally ranked programs in Business, Music, Journalism, Education, Nursing, and the Arts and Sciences; Beautiful campus located 50 miles south of Indy; Bloomington is a quintessential college town; The writing portion of the ACT is required; www.indiana.edu

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ITT Technical Institute Burr Ridge IL Chicago Small

Over 85 campuses nationwide – in Illinois they are located in Burr Ridge, Matteson, and Mount Prospect. Offers both Associate and Bachelor degrees in Information Technology, Electronics, Drafting, Business, Criminal Justice, and Health Information Science. Allow students to attend classes year-round and are in the morning, afternoon, and evening. www.itt-tech.edu

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Knox College Galesburg, IL Midwest Small

1,300 undergrads; Majors include: Creative Writing, Science,

Psychology, Education, Political Science, International Program; GPA (average) – 3.85; ACT – 25-30; Tuition - $27,606; Room/Board - $5,425; Music, Dance, Theater scholarships available; Division III athletics; www.knox.edu

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Lewis University Romeoville IL Chicago Medium

Undergrad 3,300; grad 1,000; suburban setting; 25-miles southwest of Chicago; four-year private, Liberal Arts, Catholic institution; special programs in Aviation Flight and Aviation Maintenance, Nursing, Criminal/Social Justice, Forensic Criminal Investigation, Radio/TV Broadcasting, Business, Education; GPA 3.09; ACT 21.9. www.lewisu.edu

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Lincoln College Lincoln IL Midwest Small

Illinois’ only two-year residential college known for its supportive services.; Coed of 675 students; private; university setting about 175 miles from Chicago; programs in Education, Community Law Enforcement, Business; Academic Development Seminar: 1 week orientation & evaluation before school starts (required for students a 2.0 GPA or lower, or 15 ACT or lower); 91% receive financial aid; new dorms, new classroom buildings; ACT 18.5. Dual admissions with Lewis Eureka, and Western. Special program for students with ADHD. www.lincolncollege.edu

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Coed school with more than 6,000 students, in a multicultural setting, offering more than 50 majors. MTU was rated the safest college town in the nation! Admission requirements are a GPA of 3.56 or higher, an ACT Composite of 26 or an SAT score of 1783. Tuition for out of resident students is $23,618; Room/Board is $8,121. www.mtu.edu

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Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee WI Midwest Small

Coed of 3,000; private, urban downtown setting; BS degrees in Architectural, Biomedical, Software Engineering, Electrical, Computer, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Business Management Information Systems, International Business, and Technical Communications; also Nursing and Construction Management; 2 degree program; good science/math with college prep background; rolling admissions policy; GPA 3.5; ACT 26. www.msoe.edu

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Missouri, University of – Rolla Rolla MO Midwest Medium

Coed of 5,600 undergrads; part of Univ. of Missouri system; full range Engineering and Science degrees and complementary Liberal Arts degrees and programs; mid-range of ACT 25-30; Division II athletics; scholarships and financial aid available. Missouri’s premier technological research university; 17 engineering-related majors; Business and Information Science and Technology; 200+ student activities; 10 student design teams. www.umr.edu

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Monmouth College Monmouth IL Midwest Small

Coed of 1,320; 82-acre residential, small town setting, 3.5 hours form Chicago and easy access to the Quad cities; Liberal Arts with strong programs in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Education, Business Administration, History, English, Psychology, Economics, Environmental Science, Classical Languages; all students live on campus; 25% in frat/soror; ACT 23. New marching band and swim team. www.monm.edu

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Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL Chicago Medium

Community college; 2-year; offers a large selection of career programs; top programs in Nursing, Firefighting, CISCO, and Police; provide general education class for students that plan to transfer to a 4-year university; placement exam required for students who do not score at least a 20 on the ACT in Math, English and Reading. Distinguish Scholars Award offers full, in-district tuition and fees to high school seniors who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class – need to apply by Dec 8 (mid-year grads) and April 6 (May grad). www.morainevalley.edu

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Murray State University Murray, KY Kentucky Large

Murray State University is home to 10,022 co-ed students. Ranked one of the nation's best public universities with more than 30 majors. Admission

requirements are a GPA of 3.0 or higher, ACT Composite of 18 or above. Non-residents tuition is $7,806 or $640.50 a credithour.www.murraystate.edu

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North Central College Naperville IL Chicago Small

Coed of 1,900 undergrad, 2,500 total enrollment; 59-acre suburban campus; private Liberal Arts institution with strong programs in Science, Communication, Business, Education, Broadcasting, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science; emphasis on integrative curriculum, student/faculty advisor program and small classes promoting personalized attention; 1,100 (60%) live on campus; exceptional athletic facilities; 3-2 engineering with Washington University in St. Louis; internships in many fields; average ACT 24; students take 3-4 classes at a time in tri-term system; located 29 miles west of Chicago. www.noctrl.edu

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Northern Illinois University DeKalb IL Midwest Large

State supported, 4-year, coed public university of 24,948 (undergrad enrollment is 18,105). Located in a medium-size city 65 miles from downtown Chicago. 52 academic majors, extensive study abroad program. Exceptional majors include Business, Accounting, Art, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Computer Science, Engineering, Music, Theater, and Education. NCAA Division I athletics (1-A in football). More than 200 student organizations. ACT/SAT scores, GPA, and class rank criteria (students must also meet high school course requirements): *Upper ½ class rank (or 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale), must have 19 composite ACT or 870 SAT; or *Top 2/3 class rank – but below upper half (or2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale), must have 23 ACT or 1030 SAT.

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Northern Michigan University Marquette MI Midwest Medium

Four-year public residential university in Marquette, MI. Population: 9,400; 83% of applicants admitted; Mid 50% ACT scores: 18-24; Most popular majors: Education, Business, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Pre-med, Social Work, Art & Design; Located within a city of 20,000 people, the university is surrounded by one million acres of forest land. With over 180 academic majors and approximately 250 student organizations, the students are able to explore all areas of interest. Illinois students with a recomputed 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT receive a $3,300/year scholarship automatically (National Academic Award). www.nmu.edu

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PCCTI Healthcare Oak Brook and Chicago IL Midwest Small

PCCTI will be a leading provider for Nursing, Allied Health and Information Technology education in the Midwest and the nation, honored for the academic excellence, dissemination of knowledge and service to the community. PCCTI is NCA accredited.

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Purdue University W. Lafayette IN Midwest Large

Undergrad 31,290; Total enrollment 39,228; 1,579-acre suburban campus; state university with particularly strong departments in Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Business Management, Pharmacy, and Agriculture; largest enrollment in the country in Chemistry and Computer Science; so applicants should request by December; rolling admission – 2-4 week turnaround except flight and vet tech; 3rd largest Greek system in US;

upper ½ class rank; upper 15% for Engineering and flight; ACT 25-26 (Engineering ACT average 28-29). www.purdue.edu ________________________________

Quincy Quincy IL Midwest Small

Coed of 1,200; 75-acre campus about 1 mile from Mississippi River; Roman Catholic Franciscan Liberal Arts with Business, Education and Communications being among the three largest departments; unique programs in Nursing, Aviation and sign language; strong academic support system and care placement program; Division II athletics; Average GPA 3.1; ACT 20-24. www.quincy.edu

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Robert Morris College Chicago IL Midwest Medium

Private, not-for-profit; Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degree with enrollment of 5,500; seven campuses, sports, and clubs. College credit classes for high school juniors and seniors; ROTC Programs; programs in Allied Health (Medical Assisting, Fitness, Nursing and Surgical Technology), Arts/Graphics, Computer Technology, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration; GPA 2.0; test scores used for counseling and placement. Associates degree in Culinary Arts at Chicago, Orland and Dupage campuses. www.robertmorris.edu

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Rockford College Rockford IL Midwest Small

Rockford College is a four-year, independent, co-ed institution founded in 1847 offering a broad range of undergrad degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The college is committed to its vision to be Jane Addams’ college in the 21st century, honoring the legacy of its most famous alumna

and her belief that learning and service are inextricably linked. Named by the Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience, “ Rockford College currently serves more than 1,400 full and part-time students. www.rockford.edu

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Saint Joseph’s College Rensselaer IN Midwest Small

4-year private coed school located in a rural setting 90 miles from Chicago; enrollment 1,000; outstanding programs in Computer Science, Pre-Med, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, freshman academic-support program; 90% live in campus housing; athletic scholarships available. www.saintjoe.edu

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Saint Norbert College DePere WI Midwest Small

Coed of 2,196; 96-acre campus on Fox River near Green Bay; Roman Catholic, all denominations welcome; Liberal Arts with majors in Communications (internships in all professional areas), Business, Music, Education, Sciences, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Computer Science, Art, History, English, Psychology; study abroad opportunities; student teaching in England and Ireland; 18 intercollegiate Division III sports; GPA 2.8-3.7; ACT 22-27. www.snc.edu

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Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Carbondale IL Midwest Large

Undergrad of 19,500 (total on and off campus); grad 2,000; 1128-acre campus; near edge of Shawnee National Forest; Liberal Arts, Radio and TV, Cinema and Photography, Accounting, Forestry, Aviation, Hotel/Restaurant, Music, Business, Foreign Language, Paralegal, Engineering, Design, Turf Management, Forensic Chemistry, Psychology, Education, Social Work. Number one Automotive program in the US; center Academic Success; tutoring; financial assistance available; Division I sports except men’s football; ACT 18 & top ¼, ACT 21 & top ½, ACT 22 and top ¾. Other students reviewed for regular admission or Center for Academic Success. www.siuc.edu

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Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Edwardsville IL Midwest Large

SIUE is a Premiere Metropolitan University that consists of 13,500 students (coed). SIUE offers undergrad programs in seven different schools: Business, College of Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy. They sit upon 2,660-acres of beautiful land, which they call their community. It is a suburban area located 18 miles northeast of St. Louis. We offer individualized support for students with learning disabilities. Our average ACT is 22.8. The typical profile for the middle 50% of our most recent freshman class and a GPA 3.0-3.4/4.0, class rank in the 52nd to 85th percentile, and an ACT of 20-25. www.siue.edu

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Trinity Christian College Palos Heights IL Chicago Small

Trinity Christian College is a four-year Liberal Arts college. Since its founding in 1959, Trinity has provided students with an excellent Christian higher education in the Reformed tradition offering 31 majors to over 1,000 students. The average ACT is 23.2; GPA 3.21. The student to faculty ratio is 13:1 and 98.7% of students receive a job placement within 6 months of graduation. www.trnty.edu

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United States Army Oak Lawn IL Chicago Large

The Army is a key component of the U.S. Armed Forces, providing expeditionary land forces wherever and whenever they are required. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Army trains and equips soldiers and creates leaders among them to rapidly respond when they are called upon to serve our nation. Many career opportunities include: Computer Tech., Police, and Carpentry. G.I. Bill will help pay for college. Must score a 31 or higher on the ASVAB.

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University Technical Institute Various locations Nationwide Small

A nationwide provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Each UTI school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). www.uit.edu

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University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago, IL Chicago Large

Coed university of more than 25,000 students located west of the loop in Chicago. UIC offers more than 60 majors specializing in Sciences and Social Work. Tuition for in state residents is between $4,420 and $7,410 a semester. UIC is one of the most diverse and affordable universities in the nation. www.uic.edu

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University of Illinois-Springfield Springfield, IL Southern Illinois Small

Coed college of 4900 students; average class size of 15; over 22 Bachelor degrees and over 20 Masters Programs. www.uis.edu

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Valparaiso University Valparaiso IN Midwest Medium

Undergrad 3,000 + Law school 500; grad 200; 310-acres on small campus about one hour from Chicago; Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, and computer), Nursing, History, Communications, Geography; Meteorology; overseas program; Honors College; Division I; new German Cultural Center includes residential housing; GPA 3.3; ACT 24-29. www.valpo.edu

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Western Illinois University Macomb IL Midwest Large

Coed of 10,358 on-campus undergrads on 1,050-acre campus in West Central Illinois; offers 8 Bachelor of Business majors, 17 undergrad Teacher Certification majors, Law Enforcement, Musical Theater, Construction Management, Meteorology and Forensic Chemistry; over 50 majors to choose from; New majors in the Spring 2007 – Emergency Management and Telecommunications Management; 10 Division I; men and women sports each; rolling admissions deadline is May 15th; letter of intent and counselor/teacher recommendation for those not meeting admission requirements; ACT

18-24. Admission policy is ACT 20 and 2.5/4.0 GPA. www.wiu.edu

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Wyoming Tech Institute Laramie WY West Small

Auto tech school with 3, 6 month courses in Auto Collision or diesel with any of the 3 month add-on programs for a total of 9 months; Management, Trim & Upholstery, Street Rod, Custom Fabrication & Chassis Fabrication & High Performance engines. www.wyotech.com

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