Everyone who enters into the criminal justice field, or any field for that matter, in the state of Illinois wishes to attend the “best” school, to get the “best” education and degree, and then to go on to have the “best” job and to earn the “best” salary.

What does this word “best” really mean, however? Schools are often judged based on the quality of their academic programs or on the number of graduates they have successfully working in the field, and while these things are important and should be considered, they are not as important as choosing, at the end of the day, the school and program that is the best for you personally.

What we mean by this is that, when choosing your educational institution, you should pay attention not just to facts, figures, and statistics, but also to how well the academic program you are interested in matches up to your ultimate career goals, as well as to how the classes offered and required work with your schedule, how comfortable you feel on campus, whether some or all classes are offered in the evening and/or online, and many other factors relevant only to you.

All things considered, however, you will be happy to know that there are many schools within the state of Illinois, which offer programs in criminal justice. Common choices include American Intercontinental University, located in Hoffman Estates, which offers online associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and business administration with a concentration in criminal justice administration, online bachelor’s degree programs in law enforcement, special populations, criminal justice with a forensic science concentration, criminal justice with a law enforcement concentration, and criminal justice with a special populations concentration.

Aurora University, located in Aurora, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Black Hawk College, in Moline, with associate’s degree programs in law enforcement technology and law enforcement, as well as certificate programs in law enforcement and private security; Blackburn College, in Carlinville, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Brown Mackie College, located in Moline, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, a certificate program in criminal justice, and diploma programs in criminal justice and paralegal assistant; Carl Sandburg College, located in Galesburg, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a certificate program in the same.

City Colleges of Chicago’s Harold Washington College, located in Chicago, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and a certificate program in basic police services; City Colleges of Chicago’s Kennedy King College, also in Chicago, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice; City College of Chicago’s Olive Harvey College, with a certificate program in criminal justice and public police service.

City Colleges of Chicago’s Chicago Truman College, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a certificate program in the same; City Colleges of Chicago’s Wilbur Wright College, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and paralegal; and College of DuPage, located in Glen Ellyn, which offers associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies and criminal justice, and certificate programs in homeland security and paralegal studies.