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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Illinois


Around 1.0% of Illinois's graduates graduate from criminal justice degree programs every year. That means an estimated 3,782 criminal justice professionals graduate from Illinois' 90 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, 68 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago's criminal justice program. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 29th in the country in 2010. 141 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a criminal justice program is Illinois Institute of Technology. Illinois Institute of Technology, which was ranked 30th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. Students at Illinois Institute of Technology paid $32,442 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

Tuition at Illinois' criminal justice schools ranges from $42,041 per year to $2,194 per year. But, the average tuition is $10,804 per year. In 2010, the criminal justice schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Illinois Institute of Technology - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,442 per year
  3. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year

The criminal justice schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

A criminal justice degree from an Illinois school... what next?

criminal justice graduates in Illinois can go into a variety of professions such as special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and transit police officer. 73,250 criminal justice professionals were working in Illinois in 2010. Of these, 11,990 were correctional officers. In addition, 2,970 were special agents, and 910 were private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois criminal justice professionals:

  1. Cook County - 48,540 criminal justice professionals
  2. Adams County - 3,020 criminal justice professionals
  3. Edwards County - 2,180 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 84,880 criminal justice professionals will be working in Illinois. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 11%.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in Illinois make an average of $44,259 per year. But, salaries for criminal justice professional can vary. In 2010, criminal justice professional made as little as less than $17,230 per year or as much as more than $132,180 per year in Illinois. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Marshall County - $55,073 per year
  2. Menard County - $54,317 per year
  3. Cook County - $51,925 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for criminal justice professional:

  1. Kankakee County - $24,680 per year
  2. Vermilion County - $25,210 per year
  3. Macon County - $28,130 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Special Agent - $83,270 per year
  2. Transit Police Officer - $56,820 per year
  3. Paralegal - $52,700 per year

The criminal justice professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Security Guard - $25,680 per year
  2. Bailiff - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in criminal justice in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,133 miles from location American InterContinental University-Online Schaumburg IL 19.0736 100% 26,630
6,172 miles from location Illinois State University Normal IL 37.9275 35% 21,184
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,114 miles from location Triton College River Grove IL 11.7006 n/a 15,706
6,130 miles from location Joliet Junior College Joliet IL 10.654 n/a 15,288
6,101 miles from location University of Chicago Chicago IL 45.3883 36% 15,094
6,221 miles from location Southwestern Illinois College Belleville IL 13.7244 n/a 14,440
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,104 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago IL 7.0577 n/a 13,174
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,111 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago IL 8.94698 n/a 12,866
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,107 miles from location Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 17.0681 36% 11,631
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,107 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago IL 7.92862 n/a 9,991
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,173 miles from location Rock Valley College Rockford IL 14.228 n/a 8,659
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago IL 6.60952 n/a 8,464
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,103 miles from location Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 69.9334 26% 7,707
6,204 miles from location Lincoln Land Community College Springfield IL 12.2962 n/a 7,677
6,103 miles from location Roosevelt University Chicago IL 22.8963 28% 7,306
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago IL 7.01976 n/a 7,180
6,141 miles from location McHenry County College Crystal Lake IL 13.7359 n/a 6,811
6,248 miles from location Black Hawk College Moline IL 12.4029 n/a 6,267
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,102 miles from location Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL 9.7858 n/a 5,854
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,127 miles from location Benedictine University Lisle IL 26.9664 34% 5,836
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,106 miles from location Governors State University Park Forest IL 1.76028 n/a 5,674
6,181 miles from location Kaskaskia College Centralia IL 17.5689 n/a 5,337
6,110 miles from location Morton College Cicero IL 12.3642 n/a 5,290
6,173 miles from location Heartland Community College Normal IL 13.4655 n/a 5,266
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,204 miles from location University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield IL 32.5018 37% 4,977
6,100 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago IL 5.66937 n/a 4,777
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,140 miles from location Aurora University Aurora IL 24.849 36% 4,355
6,107 miles from location Kankakee Community College Kankakee IL 13.4446 n/a 4,298
6,170 miles from location Richland Community College Decatur IL 12.4452 n/a 3,595
6,098 miles from location Danville Area Community College Danville IL 12.2748 n/a 3,584
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,126 miles from location University of St Francis Joliet IL 58.1609 35% 3,352
6,139 miles from location Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg IL 13.8934 n/a 2,941
6,174 miles from location Shawnee Community College Ullin IL 14.0648 n/a 2,834
6,296 miles from location John Wood Community College Quincy IL 14.7388 n/a 2,757
6,244 miles from location Carl Sandburg College Galesburg IL 14.1935 n/a 2,661
6,198 miles from location Sauk Valley Community College Dixon IL 15.3721 n/a 2,504
6,104 miles from location Kendall College Chicago IL 19.6033 46% 2,389
6,170 miles from location Millikin University Decatur IL 61.8731 28% 2,314
6,138 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll Fairfield IL 20.2739 n/a 2,009
6,103 miles from location Ellis University Chicago IL 2.23534 n/a 1,950
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,122 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney IL 14.4703 n/a 1,627
6,193 miles from location Greenville College Greenville IL 55.1301 35% 1,576
6,124 miles from location University of Phoenix-Chicago Campus Schaumburg IL 7.13197 n/a 1,546
6,178 miles from location Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford IL 11.0663 n/a 1,353
6,103 miles from location Argosy University-Chicago Chicago IL 1.56274 n/a 1,348
6,191 miles from location Lincoln College Lincoln IL 21.2522 59% 1,304
6,100 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College Robinson IL 19.6738 n/a 1,231
6,137 miles from location Judson University Elgin IL 26.4629 44% 1,231
6,111 miles from location Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview IL 18.6599 74% 1,195
6,110 miles from location Northwestern College Chicago IL 14.8452 88% 935
6,114 miles from location Westwood College-O'Hare Airport Chicago IL 16.0541 n/a 888
6,103 miles from location Westwood College-Chicago Loop Chicago IL 15.4518 n/a 885
6,124 miles from location Argosy University-Schaumburg Schaumburg IL 1.27286 n/a 773
6,187 miles from location Eureka College Eureka IL 16.9805 19% 766
6,218 miles from location Blackburn College Carlinville IL 19.8699 30% 607
6,124 miles from location Westwood College-Dupage Woodridge IL 16.3637 n/a 582
6,097 miles from location Westwood College-River Oaks Calumet City IL 19.3758 100% 579
6,116 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Orland Park Orland Park IL 26.0399 100% 562
6,206 miles from location Springfield College in Illinois Springfield IL 23.0466 n/a 559
6,118 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Mount Prospect Mount Prospect IL 31.3178 100% 549
6,237 miles from location MacMurray College Jacksonville IL 28.2629 33% 518
6,103 miles from location Taylor Business Institute Chicago IL 31.7394 100% 431
6,118 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Oak Brook Oak Brook IL 22.7824 100% 425
 

Curious what studying Criminal Justice gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards + 46,570 $25,680 3.8%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers + 11,990 $51,700 -11.2%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 9,010 $52,700 44.2%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 2,970 $83,270 -18.6%
5
Bailiffs + 1,520 n/a
6
Private Detectives and Investigators + 910 $39,640 -2.2%
7
Transit and Railroad Police + 280 $56,820 -24.3%
 

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