Writing in Illinois

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Schools Offering Writing Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Illinois students graduate with degrees in writing. That means an estimated 480 writers graduate from Illinois' 24 writing schools each year.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a writing program. It is located in Evanston. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated 11 students from its writing program. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a writing program is Knox College, which is located in Galesburg. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Knox College graduated 33 students from its writing program. Knox College charged in-state students $33,024 in tuition fees per year.

Illinois Institute of Technology, which is located in Chicago, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a writing program. It received a ranking of 30th in the country in 2010. 1 students graduated with degree in writing from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010. The tuition rate at Illinois Institute of Technology was $32,442 per year.


Writing schools in Illinois, charge students an average tuition of $22,798 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $40,223 per year, or as little as $2,968 per year. The Illinois writing schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year
  3. Knox College - located in Galesburg, students are charged $33,024 per year

The following Illinois writing schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. College of Lake County - located in Grayslake, students are charged $2,968 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 writing degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from writing school in Illinois go on to work as a writer. If you decide to work as a writer in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,700 Illinois writers as of 2010. In Illinois, the largest numbers of writers work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 1,330 writers
  2. Marshall County

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of writers in the state of Illinois will grow to 3,760. This would require a 11% growth in the profession.


A writer in Illinois earns $61,090 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Illinois writers earned as little as less than $26,150 per year or as much as more than $105,190 per year. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for a writer are:

  1. Cook County - $62,580 per year
  2. Marshall County - $59,600 per year

On average, writers earns the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Marshall County - $59,600 per year
  2. Cook County - $62,580 per year

More Information

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

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

  • Associate's Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Certificate in Writing 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
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
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
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,103 miles from location Columbia College Chicago Chicago IL 18.5129 n/a 12,127
6,103 miles from location Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 69.9334 26% 7,707
6,103 miles from location Roosevelt University Chicago IL 22.8963 28% 7,306
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
6,103 miles from location National-Louis University Chicago IL 13.8491 56% 6,385
6,112 miles from location Concordia University River Forest IL 24.8943 25% 5,049
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,113 miles from location Dominican University River Forest IL 65.2729 34% 3,909
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,103 miles from location School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago IL 27.726 18% 3,164
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
6,244 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
6,187 miles from location Eureka College Eureka IL 16.9805 19% 766

Curious what studying Writing 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)
Writers and Authors + 1,700 $61,090

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