Blackburn College

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Blackburn College, in Carlinville, Illinois, is a private coeducational college that focuses on undergraduate liberal arts education. The college was founded in 1837 and is one of only a few world colleges in nation. (Work colleges are higher education institutions where student work is a required aspect of the educational process.) Of the seven federally recognized work colleges in the United States, Blackburn College is the only one to have an entirely student-managed work program. As is typical with most work colleges, all full-time resident students are required to work at least 10 to 15 hours a week. Students who commute to Blackburn are encouraged to participate in the work program but are not required to. Alls students that participate in the work program receive a discount for their tuition based on the number of hours they work. Blackburn is well-known for being one of the most affordable private colleges in the United States.

General Information

Admission Office

700 College Avenue

Carlinville, IL 62626

(217) 854-3231

(800) 233-3550

Fax: (217) 854-3713

[email protected]

Contact: John Malin

Dean of Enrollment Management
Main Address

700 College Avenue

Carlinville, IL 62626

(217) 854-3231

Total undergrads: 636

Degree-seeking undergrads: 619


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 80%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts Management B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management A,C
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B,C
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Bilingual journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Publishing B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Elementary Education B
Special Education B


Engineering Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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