Illinois College

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1101 W. College Avenue

Jacksonville, IL 62650-2299

Phone: (217) 245-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Illinois College is a private institution that was founded in 1829. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 970, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 65 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Illinois College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 156. Its tuition and fees are $27,800 (2013-14).

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

True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service. The faculty expects excellence and provides the personal attention that helps students succeed.

Among many distinctions, old and new, we take pride in having a Phi Beta Kappa chapter since 1932. Our "BreakAway" short-term off-campus experiences, our literary societies, and opportunities for undergraduate research also help make the Illinois College experience unique.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1829
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $126,040,677


When applying to Illinois College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.1 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 58.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Illinois College is 11:1, and the school has 69.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Illinois College include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Education; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 17%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 16%
Education 13%
English Language and Literature/Letters 10%
Social Sciences 9%

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Student Life

Illinois College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 970, with a gender distribution of 50.7 percent male students and 49.3 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus. Illinois College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 987
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

Illinois College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Illinois College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 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 Illinois College, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Illinois College.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Illinois College, 82.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,895.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $27,800 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,840 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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