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Blackburn College

Carlinville, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate66%
Acceptance Rate66%

About Blackburn College

Blackburn College Overview

Blackburn College is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Carlinville, Illinois. Blackburn College was founded in 1837 and the school enrolls around 414 students a year, which includes 414 undergrad students. Blackburn College provides housing for up to 454 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 80% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Blackburn College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Blackburn College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Blackburn College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Blackburn College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Blackburn College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Blackburn College on the Student Life page.

2022 Blackburn College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Tuition $26,055
Percent of Need Met 82%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $22,578

Is Blackburn College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what Blackburn College offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Blackburn College

Blackburn College is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Blackburn College is 66%. Last year, 453 students applied to Blackburn College and 300 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Blackburn College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 67% of students who start at Blackburn College return the next year. 46% of Blackburn College undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Blackburn College Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Blackburn College by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 93% of graduates from Blackburn College recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Blackburn College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Blackburn College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Blackburn College's endowment was valued at $28.9 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $10,096 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Blackburn College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Blackburn College meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Blackburn College full-time are awarded $22,578 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $24,654 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Blackburn College.

Based on this information, does Blackburn College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Blackburn College a good school for you?

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Where is Blackburn College Located?

Blackburn College is located in the small town setting of Carlinville, Illinois, in the suburbs of St. Louis.

If you would like to see Blackburn College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 55 to Carlinville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lambert-St. Louis International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Blackburn College and Carlinville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

700 College Avenue Carlinville, IL 62626-1498

Campus Setting: Small Town

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Wondering what life at Blackburn College is like? There are approximately 414 students enrolled at Blackburn College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from IL and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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