Blackburn College

Blackburn College
The beautiful Blackburn College campus is located at the intersection of Nicolas and University Avenues
at the northeast corner of the city. The attractive liberal arts college is unique in that it is one of only five
colleges in the nation, which provides a Work Program as part of the college experience, and it is the only
school where the program is managed by the students. Nine of the sixteen campus buildings were built
entirely with student labor.  Most campus support services (secretarial, maintenance, food service and
administrative) are supplied by student labor. Over 80 percent of the faculty holds the highest degree in
their field, and the student to instructor ratio of 14:1 allows productive learning.

Student participation in the Work Program enables Blackburn College to keep its annual expense low, and
allows it to be the least expensive private college in the state. Guided tours of the campus are available by
contacting the Admissions Office at (800) 233-3500, 7100 College Avenue, Carlinville, IL 62626.

  • Independent Presbyterian four-year liberal arts college, founded in 1837. Eighty-acre campus in Carlinville.
  • Coed, 643 undergraduate students: 55 percent women, 45 percent men. Student-to-faculty ratio: 12-to-1.
  • Moderately difficult entrance level; 56% of applicants were admitted. Average high school grade point average: 3.22/4.00. Average ACT composite score: 22.
  • More than 30 majors offered. Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts.
  • Seventy-three percent of faculty members hold a terminal degree.
  • Ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly and named a Barron’s “Best Buy.”
  • Least expensive private higher education institution in Illinois.
  • One of only seven work colleges in the United States, Blackburn is supported by the weekly commitment of 10 work hours from all students. Blackburn is the only U.S college with a student-run work program.
  • Office of Career Services helps students with undeclared majors find their focus by matching their strengths and interests with a degree. The office also assists with resumes, career searches, graduate school research, and internships.
  • Participates in NCAA Division III athletics.

Blackburn college occupies 80 acres of hilly, wooded land that was set aside for an institute of higher
learning in 1837. Mature trees frame most of the College's 18 buildings, many of which were built by
student workers. The predominant neoclassic architecture and established trees create a picture-perfect
setting for a self-contained college campus. The College offers 40 areas of academic study and 12 varsity

The College has always been an integral part of the community. Its library, athletic complex, chapel,
theater, playing fields and campus center welcome townspeople and visitors to the campus. It is one of
only seven "work colleges" in the nation where all resident students work in jobs instrumental to the
college's daily operations, keeping tuition the lowest of all private schools in Illinois and among the
lowest in the United States. Blackburn continues to renovate, build, and add state-of-the-art technology,
making it a model institution for the 21st century.