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  3. A Highly Educated Workforce


  • Illinois has the 3rd largest community college system in the nation.  Source: Illinois Community College Board 

  • Illinois colleges that rank among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges:    
    • Augustana College – Rock Island 
    • Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington
    • Knox College – Galesburg
    • Principia College – Elsah
    • Wheaton College – Wheaton
    • Source: U.S. News & World Report 2013 
    • Data comes out: August/September of each year 

  • Illinois universities that rank among the nation’s top universities:    
    • Illinois Institute of Technology –Chicago 
    • Loyola University – Chicago 
    • Northwestern University – Evanston
    • University of Chicago – Chicago
    • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
    • Data comes out: August/September of each year 

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ranks #2 in the nation’s best fine arts graduation schools.  
  • University of Chicago ranks #4 in the nation’s top universities and #8 in the world’s top universities.  
  • University of Chicago (Booth) and Northwestern University (Kellogg) both rank #4 in the nation’s best business graduate schools.   
  • University of Illinois ranks #5 in the nation’s best engineering graduate schools.  
  • University of Chicago ranks #5 in the nation’s best law schools  
  • Chicago Public Library ranks #7 in the top 10 U.S. Public Libraries, by collection size*  
    1. New York Public Library
    2. Boston Public Library
    3. County of Los Angeles Public Library
    4. Detroit Public Library
    5. Queens Borough Public Library
    6. Los Angeles Public Library
    7. Chicago Public Library
    8. Free Library of Philadelphia
    9. San Diego Public Library
    10. Dallas Public Library
      *Collection size is defined as the combined holdings of the institution (books, periodicals, newspapers, etc.)
  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign ranks #5 in the top 10 largest U.S. Public Libraries, by volumes held.*
    -For both public libraries and academic (college and university) libraries
    ​Number ​Source ​Library Name ​Volumes Held
    ​1 ​L ​Library of Congress ​33,515,702
    ​2 ​P+A ​Boston Public Library (Branches + Research Collections) ​24,079,520
    ​3 ​P+A ​New York Public Library (Branches + Research Collections)
    ​4 ​A ​Harvard University
    ​5 ​A ​University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign ​12,780,067
    ​6 ​A ​Yale University ​12,564,157
    ​7 ​A ​University of California - Berkeley ​11,026,554
    ​8 ​A ​Columbia University ​10,449,223
    ​9 ​A ​University of Texas - Austin ​9,853,414
    ​10 ​A ​University of Michigan

    *A single physical unit of any printed, typewritten, handwritten, mimeographed, or processed work, distinguished from other units by a separate binding, encasement, portfolio, or other clear distinction, which has been cataloged, classified, and made ready for use, and which is typically the unit used to charge circulation transactions.