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To all of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni and current students, congratulations!

According to a new study done by MONEY, your college is the best in Illinois.

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The study reportedly examined enrollment statistics and student performance to determine which schools offered the best investments and returns.

From this data, TIME broke down the best colleges by state, except for Alaska and New Mexico, which do not have a college to consider.


Students investing in their $18,200 per year education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign left with an average $57,700 annual salary placed the university as 22nd best in the country overall.

Other Illinois colleges to make the top 100 include University of Chicago – 54th, University of Illinios at Chicago – 96th, and Illinois Institute of Technology – 99th.

Northwestern University just missed the top 100, coming in at the 103rd spot.

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The best schools in surrounding areas, according to the list further, include Mount Mercy University in Iowa, Purdue University in Indiana, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Michigan.

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