Blackburn College

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School Overview

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

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Blackburn College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (217) 854-3231
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 700 College Ave, Carlinville, IL 62626
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 482
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 482 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $23,510
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,510
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $14,804

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Blackburn College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Blackburn College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 10
English Language and Literature/Letters 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 47

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Blackburn College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $23,510
Out-of-state $23,510
Books and supplies $700

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 167 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 167 100% $14,804
Student loan aid 126 75% $5,137

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 556 100% $14,439
Federal student loans 448 81% $5,613

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Blackburn College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Blackburn College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 630 251 379
Percent admitted 100% 55% 58%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 18% 18%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Blackburn College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 482
Undergraduate enrollment 482
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Blackburn College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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