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Illinois Schools

Academia in Illinois is a thriving field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in Illinois.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Illinois By Profession

3,156 3,222 3,267 3,245
1,017 1,043 1,067 1,059
5,882 5,919 6,144 6,156
5,502 5,609 5,692 5,788
6,679 6,716 6,767 6,911
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 304 colleges and universities in Illinois grew from 22,236 members to 23,159.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 5%.

Average faculty salaries in Illinois

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in Illinois earn $59,313 per year on average. This is more than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. And generally, in Illinois, male faculty earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Illinois

No data at this time.

Of the 19,909 college faculty in Illinois, 49% are tenured. Another 24% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Illinois by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Illinois Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.05% 3.52% 5.18%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Illinois
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Illinois by 12% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 12%. This shows that in academia in Illinois, working part-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Illinois Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 4.54% 7.26% 11.61%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Illinois
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Illinois

No data at this time.

In 2009 16% of part-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background. While 18% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Illinois

No data at this time.

National Vs. Illinois Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 5.27% 9.65% 14.63%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Illinois has increased by 10%. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Illinois by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Illinois by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Illinois Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 2.93% 3.26% 4.69%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Illinois
  • Light Blue: National

The percentage of women working in academia in Illinois has also increased over the past few years. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. Illinois Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 3.84% 8.13% 13.15%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Illinois
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Illinois Faculty employment by Gender

National Illinois
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 45%
Women 55%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Illinois


As the number of higher education faculty in Illinois has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

There are currently 757,434 undergraduate students in the state and 155,901 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Illinois

35089 33953 33007 35739 31120
65147 65417 66844 64925 63085
2763 2879 2923 6106 7041
35290 34869 37472 38133 38422
36122 37235 39150 36180 39883
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Illinois


In 2009, in Illinois, 61,824 students graduated from institutions of higher learning. Approximately 35% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 25% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Illinois


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Illinois.

Retention rates in Illinois

Returning Students 51%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in Illinois, only 51 students return to school the following year and 43 eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Illinois

Graduation Students 43%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Illinois Students By Gender

National Illinois
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 43%
Women 57%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Illinois is diverse. 57% of the 913,335 students studying in the state's colleges and universities are female. Approximately 32% of Illinois' students identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. These numbers are consistent with national statistics. Approximately 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Illinois Students Minorities

National Illinois
Minorities 29%
Minorities 32%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Illinois

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  1. Illinois Business Schools316,205 Employed
  2. Illinois Teaching Schools264,317 Employed
  3. Illinois Engineering Schools149,337 Employed
  4. Illinois Biology Schools118,121 Employed
  5. Illinois Law Schools113,319 Employed
  6. Illinois Art Schools104,761 Employed
  7. Illinois Psychology Schools102,461 Employed
  8. Illinois Liberal Arts Schools102,374 Employed
  9. Illinois Business Administration Schools100,810 Employed
  10. Illinois Music Schools100,254 Employed
  11. Illinois Management Schools85,057 Employed
  12. Illinois Math Schools67,502 Employed
  13. Illinois Educational Leadership Schools65,503 Employed
  14. Illinois Information Systems Schools63,167 Employed
  15. Illinois Design Schools61,115 Employed
  16. Illinois Counseling Schools51,625 Employed
  17. Illinois English Schools50,403 Employed
  18. Illinois Nursing Schools49,104 Employed
  19. Illinois Communications Schools47,655 Employed
  20. Illinois Accounting Schools45,934 Employed
  21. Illinois Finance Schools43,952 Employed
  22. Illinois Criminal Justice Schools43,247 Employed
  23. Illinois Information Technology Schools43,221 Employed
  24. Illinois MBA Schools41,213 Employed
  25. Illinois Physics Schools40,520 Employed
  26. Illinois Visual Communications Schools36,726 Employed
  27. Illinois Theology Schools35,433 Employed
  28. Illinois Chemistry Schools34,299 Employed
  29. Illinois Health Science Schools33,649 Employed
  30. Illinois Computer Science Schools33,476 Employed
  31. Illinois Social Work Schools33,321 Employed
  32. Illinois History Schools32,461 Employed
  33. Illinois Human Resources Schools32,262 Employed
  34. Illinois Marketing Schools30,210 Employed
  35. Illinois Computer Networking Schools29,842 Employed
  36. Illinois Human Services Schools29,778 Employed
  37. Illinois BSN Schools29,760 Employed
  38. Illinois Forensic Nursing Schools29,760 Employed
  39. Illinois RN to BSN Schools29,760 Employed
  40. Illinois Special Education Schools27,946 Employed
  41. Illinois Political Science Schools27,641 Employed
  42. Illinois Public Administration Schools26,603 Employed
  43. Illinois Public Health Schools26,564 Employed
  44. Illinois Early Childhood Education Schools26,056 Employed
  45. Illinois Sociology Schools25,696 Employed
  46. Illinois Journalism Schools25,455 Employed
  47. Illinois Business Management Schools24,610 Employed
  48. Illinois Speech Therapy Schools24,515 Employed
  49. Illinois Elementary Education Schools22,496 Employed
  50. Illinois Drafting Schools22,463 Employed
  51. Illinois Biochemistry Schools19,791 Employed
  52. Illinois Architecture Schools19,105 Employed
  53. Illinois Mechanical Engineering Schools18,603 Employed
  54. Illinois Property Management Schools18,092 Employed
  55. Illinois Web Design Schools17,992 Employed
  56. Illinois Nutrition Schools17,042 Employed
  57. Illinois Construction Management Schools17,008 Employed
  58. Illinois Culinary Schools16,833 Employed
  59. Illinois Healthcare Administration Schools16,616 Employed
  60. Illinois Fire Science Schools16,543 Employed
  61. Illinois Graphic Design Schools16,535 Employed
  62. Illinois Film Schools15,271 Employed
  63. Illinois Small Business Schools15,119 Employed
  64. Illinois Civil Engineering Schools15,087 Employed
  65. Illinois International Business Schools14,885 Employed
  66. Illinois Computer Programming Schools14,701 Employed
  67. Illinois School Psychology Schools14,700 Employed
  68. Illinois Video Production Schools14,143 Employed
  69. Illinois Organizational Psychology Schools14,075 Employed
  70. Illinois Hospitality Schools13,384 Employed
  71. Illinois Electrical Engineering Schools13,173 Employed
  72. Illinois Radiology Technology Schools12,829 Employed
  73. Illinois Computer Engineering Schools12,743 Employed
  74. Illinois Biomedical Engineering Schools11,407 Employed
  75. Illinois Creative Writing Schools10,869 Employed
  76. Illinois Paralegal Schools9,990 Employed
  77. Illinois Healthcare Management Schools9,966 Employed
  78. Illinois Web Development Schools9,947 Employed
  79. Illinois Sports Medicine Schools9,594 Employed
  80. Illinois Sports Management Schools9,411 Employed
  81. Illinois Medical Coding Schools9,366 Employed
  82. Illinois Veterinary Schools9,196 Employed
  83. Illinois X Ray Technician Schools8,478 Employed
  84. Illinois Fashion Schools7,656 Employed
  85. Illinois Dental Hygienist Schools7,503 Employed
  86. Illinois Public Relations Schools7,419 Employed
  87. Illinois Clinical Psychology Schools7,378 Employed
  88. Illinois Physical Therapy Schools7,360 Employed
  89. Illinois Respiratory Therapy Schools7,270 Employed
  90. Illinois Supply Chain Management Schools6,991 Employed
  91. Illinois Surgical Technology Schools6,974 Employed
  92. Illinois Health Information Schools6,932 Employed
  93. Illinois Advertising Schools6,905 Employed
  94. Illinois Animation Schools6,798 Employed
  95. Illinois Computer Animation Schools6,685 Employed
  96. Illinois Video Game Design Schools6,685 Employed
  97. Illinois Interior Design Schools6,592 Employed
  98. Illinois Fashion Design Schools6,567 Employed
  99. Illinois Occupational Therapy Schools6,272 Employed
  100. Illinois Health Information Management Schools5,973 Employed
  101. Illinois Risk Management Schools5,972 Employed
  102. Illinois Physical Therapy Assistant Schools5,782 Employed
  103. Illinois Gerontology Schools5,721 Employed
  104. Illinois Ministry Schools5,364 Employed
  105. Illinois Sonography Schools5,285 Employed
  106. Illinois Ultrasound Technology Schools5,285 Employed
  107. Illinois Industrial Design Schools5,219 Employed
  108. Illinois Hotel Management Schools4,632 Employed
  109. Illinois Forensic Science Schools4,512 Employed
  110. Illinois Fashion Marketing Schools3,798 Employed
  111. Illinois Fashion Merchandising Schools3,648 Employed
  112. Illinois Mental Health Schools3,527 Employed
  113. Illinois Medical Billing Schools3,076 Employed
  114. Illinois Christian Counseling Schools2,679 Employed
  115. Illinois Forestry Schools2,134 Employed
  116. Illinois Music Production Schools2,048 Employed
  117. Illinois Physician Assistant Schools1,793 Employed
  118. Illinois Restaurant Management Schools1,712 Employed
  119. Illinois Carpentry Schools1,513 Employed
  120. Illinois Homeland Security Schools1,210 Employed
  121. Illinois Software Engineering Schools980 Employed
  122. Illinois Court Reporter Schools896 Employed
  123. Illinois Criminology Schools806 Employed
  124. Illinois Forensic Psychology Schools0 Employed

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