Physics in Illinois

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Schools Offering Physics Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Illinois students graduate with degrees in physics. In other words, every year an estimated 436 physicists graduate from Illinois' 33 physics schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a physics program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. 18 students graduated with a degree in physics from Northwestern University in 2010. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a physics program. It is located in Wheaton. In 2010, 4 students graduated from Wheaton College physics program. The tuition rate at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a physics program is Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. 13 students graduated with degree in physics from Loyola University Chicago in 2010. Loyola University Chicago charged in-state students $32,114 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' physics schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $21,644 per year, though tuition can range from $42,041 per year to $7,492 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois physics schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. Lake Forest College - located in Lake Forest, students are charged $35,525 per year

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

  1. Northeastern Illinois University - located in Chicago, students are charged $7,492 per year
  2. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - located in Edwardsville, students are charged $8,401 per year
  3. Chicago State University - located in Chicago, students are charged $8,752 per year

A physics degree from an Illinois school... what next?

The highest percentage of physics graduates in Illinois pursue careers as a physicist. Illinois had 2,930 physicists in 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of physicists are:

  1. Cook County - 2,580 physicists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of physicists in the state of Illinois will grow to 3,320. This would require a 8% growth in the profession.


On average, a physicist earns a salary of $130,880 per year in Illinois state. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for physicists:

  1. Cook County - $132,230 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in physics and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.

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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Physics in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Physics in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
6,162 miles from location Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 31.3806 29% 24,424
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
6,106 miles from location Northwestern University Evanston IL 92.7945 32% 19,853
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,101 miles from location University of Chicago Chicago IL 45.3883 36% 15,094
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,127 miles from location Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 31.7637 32% 11,966
6,107 miles from location Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 17.0681 36% 11,631
6,103 miles from location Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 69.9334 26% 7,707
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
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
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,107 miles from location North Park University Chicago IL 24.6829 35% 3,186
6,127 miles from location Wheaton College Wheaton IL 79.0634 46% 2,920
6,129 miles from location North Central College Naperville IL 64.8467 29% 2,798
6,253 miles from location Augustana College Rock Island IL 33.5767 23% 2,472
6,170 miles from location Millikin University Decatur IL 61.8731 28% 2,314
6,172 miles from location Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington IL 37.1422 29% 2,066
6,115 miles from location Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago IL 0.228893 n/a 1,915
6,105 miles from location Rush University Chicago IL 0.735028 n/a 1,804
6,193 miles from location Greenville College Greenville IL 55.1301 35% 1,576
6,114 miles from location Lake Forest College Lake Forest IL 29.7867 25% 1,415
6,244 miles from location Knox College Galesburg IL 71.7695 20% 1,407
6,258 miles from location Monmouth College Monmouth IL 60.7089 30% 1,379
6,238 miles from location Illinois College Jacksonville IL 28.1533 32% 894
6,244 miles from location Principia College Elsah IL 39.7521 97% 527

Curious what studying Physics gets you?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Physicists + 2,930 $130,880 120.3%

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