Private 4 Year

Blackburn College

Carlinville, Illinois

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Blackburn College overview
Location Carlinville, Illinois
Online blackburn.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Blackburn College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Blackburn College, nestled in the small town of Carlinville, Illinois, is a private liberal arts institution with a rich history dating back to 1837. Notably, it is one of only seven federally recognized work colleges in the United States, integrating a unique student-managed work program into its educational framework. The College's rural campus exudes a serene learning environment spread across 80 acres, situated approximately 60 miles from Springfield, the state's capital. Blackburn is recognized for its accessible, hands-on education across various majors, with popular programs including Business, Education, and Biology. As a selective institution, Blackburn maintains a competitive admissions process. Residential life is a key aspect of the college experience here, with ample on-campus housing options available for students. While Blackburn College does not center on athletics, it does offer various sports programs and fields teams known as the 'Beavers.'

In the most recent statistical year 783 prospective students applied, and 504 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 106 enrolled in the school.  376 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $26,055 plus fees of $0.












Blackburn College is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Blackburn College overview
SAT 888/1125
ACT 16/24
GPA 3.23

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Blackburn College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$400
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $9,020
Budget for Other Expenses$2,360
Total One Year Cost$37,835

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

48% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Blackburn College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Education 18%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 16%
Communication 10%
Biology 9%

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