New this year was the #MyTopCollege campaign, where students and alumni turned to social media to show why their college is the best.
Forbes says more than 300 of the top schools participated with more than 35,000 tweets.
We've broken down the list to show where Illinois colleges and universities ranked.
Northwestern university was the top Illinois school, ranking at number 19 nationally.
Knox College came in as the Number 5 Illinois school.
Illinois Wesleyan University ranked at Number 9.
Bradley University followed close behind at number 10 and Illinois State University ranked number 15 in the state.
To see a complete list of the top colleges, you can just follow this link: http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/
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