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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 40th

A fast-paced, high-rise economic hub, Chicago is also a city that famously knows how to let its hair down. Nicknamed 'The Windy City', Chicago saw an explosion of blues and jazz music during the 20th century which earned it a reputation as the northern US's answer to New Orleans.

Chicago is also home to two of the nation's – and the world’s – most prestigious universities, the University of Chicago (ranked ninth in the world), and Northwestern University (joint 28th), plus two more universities within the global top 400.

In the QS Best Student Cities ranking Chicago scores strongly across several indicators, including employer activity, reflecting the robust reputation of its institutions among graduate employers. As with other US cities, the weak point is affordability, due to the high tuition fees charged by leading private institutions such as the University of Chicago.

But for many students, the exceptional academic facilities on offer, alongside the myriad social and cultural opportunities offered by this bustling metropolis, will make studying in Chicago well worth the investment. In our student survey, one respondent praised “The variety of cultures and activities present throughout all its neighborhoods.

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Internationally ranked universities in Chicago


More about Chicago

Number of universities ranked by QS

5

Highest-ranked institution

Population

9,551,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$40,700

Desirability rank

27th

Employer Activity rank

30th

Affordability rank

131st

Student View rank

63rd


To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, 
view the methodology.

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