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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