Illinois contains eight schools that offer biotechnology programs. Northwestern University, the highest-ranking biotechnology school in IL, has a total student population of 19,853 and is the 11th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 8 biotechnology schools in Illinois, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($28,371/yr), with University of Illinois at Chicago as the lowest recorded at only $8,828/yr.
Biotechnology students from Illinois schools who go on to become biotechnologists, bioengineers, biomedical engineers, biophysicists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 166,860 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $55,620. Also, Biochemists and biophysicists make on average $88,550 per year and there are about 22,860 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Illinois alone, there are employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average yearly salary of $88,190. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this state earn $52,020/yr and there are 5,370 employed.
Also, within the biotechnology schools in Illinois, the average student population is 3,360 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from biotechnology, there are 7983 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,830 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $7,282, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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