Blackburn College

Blackburn College

Blackburn College was established in 1837 and named after Rev. Gideon Blackburn. This four year co-educational private liberal arts college, which is one of the seven work-colleges in the country, is located in Carlinville, Illinois and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The 80 acre campus has easy access to St Louis.

The academic divisions of the college, which include humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, offer programs in art, medical technology, communications and criminal justice. The Blackburn athletic teams are called the Beavers and participate in Division III of the NCAA's St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The college is also a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Student organizations include the student senate, the Newman club and Habitat for Humanity.

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Contacting Blackburn

Blackburn College
700 College Ave
Carlinville , IL 62626
General Phone: (217) 854-3231

Blackburn Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management19business administration, accounting, organizational behavior, international business, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching17elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching, biology teaching
Science13biology, biochem/biophysics courses, environmental biology, chemistry
Liberal Arts10Latin American studies, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, history
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling8psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Media7communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Art Studies4visual and performing arts, art studies
Family and Social Work1public administration
Medical Support and Technology1clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Blackburn in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree10135

Blackburn Student Body

In 2007-2008, Blackburn had a total enrollment of 617 students (597 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 38%
20-21 39%
22-24 17%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%

Blackburn Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Blackburn Room and Board (2007)

Blackburn offers campus housing for 493 of its 597 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Carlinville, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Blackburn Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math1725
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT1%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Blackburn Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 13,610
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,610
Room and board $ 4,363
Room charge $ 2,205
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,158
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 950

Financial Aid:
Blackburn participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 163900)

Blackburn Faculty

Blackburn has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track32

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$51,94610$47,667
All faculty totalacademic year22$51,94610$47,667

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Blackburn Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Blackburn Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Blackburn Apart:

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% of degrees in art studies
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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checked Presbyterian Church (USA) affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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