University Park, IL has twenty-one computer animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Loyola University Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 15,879. It is the 144th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Computer Animation students from University Park schools who go on to become computer animators, animators, animation designers, animation artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 28,800 people working as multimedia artists and animators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,810.
University Park lies in Will county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary.
Of the 21 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of University Park, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($28,726/yr) for computer animation students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from University Park|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||5.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||10.8 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||11.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||11.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||14.5 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||14.6 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||15.0 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||16.8 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||30.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||31.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||32.4 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||34.5 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||34.9 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||36.2 miles|