Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best Chicago area college or university?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best Chicago area college or university?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is the best Chicago area college or university?

“Lake Forest College. Hands down, it’s the best. The fact that it’s my alma mater is just a coincidence.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“I went to NU decades ago when it was a very different place: 1968: the year the black students took over the Bursar’s Office. This year a big celebration for the 50th anniversary of said take-over. I think That said: Oakton is terrific: go there for two years; low price; then you can transfer to Loyola or DePaul (and others) and spend only TWO years tuition at higher priced schools but get your degree from those more prestigious names! What’s not to like about that?!” — Linda Gartz, Letters of a World War II Airman

“DePaul University my alma mater.” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“Loyola!!” — Morgan Katz, Musings of a Cancer Memoirist

“Harold Washington College previously known as Loop College. I had so much fun there not to mention that I won 1st place in a Black History Month Oratorical Festival! City colleges are great if your money is tight and you still receive a quality education!” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“DePaul!!! It takes really good care of its students and staff, and really stands up for diversity and inclusion.” — Ana Martin Sagredo, Foreign Affairs: Children Edition

“Since 2 of my daughters graduated from there, I must say DePaul is the best. They got a great education and it was close to home, but they still felt away from home.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“I love Northwestern and how they are investing in our future! Along with other prestigious universities, Northwestern has a no-loan financial aid policy which ensures that bright, underprivileged students are afforded an excellent education without going into debt. Most Chicago schools provide pretty generous financial aid to these students, but not enough to make it without loans. Northwestern commits to these students 100% and provides continuing financial support to these students so they can take part in activities that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

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