The Wall Street Journal compiled a list of "meccas" for college graduates, and Chicago barely made the top ten.
Chicago-area universities are seeing an boost in the number of college freshmen applicants.
When it comes to undergraduate applications, The University of Chicago reports receiving 21,669 for the 2011-2012 school year. That's the most the school has ever gotten for an incoming freshman class and a 12 percent increase from last year, reported Crain's Chicago Business.
The number of applications from minorities, international students and those with an interest in the arts also increased.
Northwestern University is proving to be popular among the incoming freshman class as well.
The Evanston-based university reports receiving 30,529 applications, which represented a 10.5 percent increase from the previous year. The university has seen a record number of applications for the past six years.
Tuition for the 2010-11 academic year at the U of C was $40,188. At Northwestern, it was $39,840.
Other higher learning institutions that have announced record numbers of undergraduate applications include, The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, according to Bloomberg News.