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    • Illinois Colleges Forward  is an online hub launched in August 2020, that provides centralized access to COVID-19-related changes for more than 120 of the state’s colleges and universities, including placement and admissions test information and resources for transfer students.

    • You have taken their tests, now save all your college planning activities by signing into your College Board account and create your road map. Although there’s no magic formula for choosing a college, you can start by asking yourself some questions that help most students find the right fit. Learn about some key college search categories. Answer questions to discover what’s important to you. Get advice from college students and educators.

    • Today’s economy demands a skilled, trained and educated workforce and completing a degree or certificate program has become a requirement for more and more occupations. In fact, research from the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University projected that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some type of postsecondary education. Vocational and career-oriented schools offer a specialized education for students who have specific career goals. Unlike community colleges and more general education avenues, students are able to focus solely on their career choice and receive training in the field.
    • ISAC's web-site is focused on helping students and families navigate the numerous steps involved in career and college planning as well as finding, applying to and paying for college. Also included are activities that provide tremendous support to improving the high school to college transition for students in need.
    • Students looking for online universities and colleges in Illinois have a large number of options available to them at both the public and private level. Many of the public higher education institutions in the state offer full online degree programs in Illinois. The University of Illinois’ system, the largest in the state, offers online degree programs through three of their campuses. They also provide a number of student services to online students. Even Northwestern University, one of the most selective colleges in the state, offers four online master’s degrees through their school of continuing studies.
    • This comprehensive guide uses measured student outcomes, job market statistics and other higher education data to explore the various benefits and drawbacks of the nation's most popular undergraduate major subjects. The goal is to provide a helpful resource for students who are unsure about which major is the best choice for them financially, professionally and personally.
    • This 2019 comprehensive list of accredited online schools and colleges covers over 32,011 fully online degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate levels. All schools are accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education, and they have an average annual tuition of just $24,606. All degrees were provided by the schools themselves or manually researched and verified using the colleges’ official websites. Our recommend rate is based on feedback from former students through our partner site and the largest database of independent online college reviews, GradReports.com. In addition to this comprehensive list, we provide rankings of the best online colleges.