Blackburn College

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700 College Avenue

Carlinville, IL 62626

Phone: (217) 854-3231
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#49 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Blackburn College is a private institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 546, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Blackburn College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 49. Its tuition and fees are $18,506 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Blackburn College, founded in 1837 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), provides a coeducational student body with a rigorous, distinctive, and affordable liberal arts education that prepares graduates to be responsible, productive citizens. The Blackburn community values critical and independent thinking, leadership development, respect for all individuals, and lifelong learning. The College fosters a sense of service, community, and moral responsibility through its unique student-managed work program, its collegial concept of shared governance, and its faculty/staff mentor relationship with students.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1837
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $10,989,769


When applying to Blackburn College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Blackburn College is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Blackburn College is 11:1, and the school has 76.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Blackburn College include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Accounting; and Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 15%
Elementary Education and Teaching 15%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 9%
Accounting 8%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 6%

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Student Life

Blackburn College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 546, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 70 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus. Blackburn College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 546
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Blackburn College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Blackburn College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Blackburn College, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Blackburn College.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Blackburn College, 85.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.

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Tuition and fees $18,506 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,460 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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