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About Blackburn College

Blackburn College is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Carlinville, IL, less than an hour from St. Louis.

Founded in 1837, Blackburn College currently enrolls around 516 students a year, including 516 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Blackburn College's endowment was valued at $26,320,519 in 2021. The school spends $8,000 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Blackburn College

Acceptance rate: 55%

Average GPA: 3.35

Mean ACT score: 20

Mean SAT score: 988

Does not offer early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

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Blackburn College Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Blackburn College. Around 55 percent of all applicants are admitted to Blackburn College each year. Out of 734 applications received, 405 students received an admissions offer.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.35 /4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 988 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 20.

Blackburn College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Blackburn College a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Blackburn College, around 69 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 167 students who started at Blackburn College as first-time freshman, 62 graduate within four years.

Around 45 percent of students who started at Blackburn College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 99 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 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.

Based on this information, how does Blackburn College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Blackburn College a good school for YOU?

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College Info

700 College Avenue Carlinville, IL 62626-1498

Campus Setting: Small Town

Blackburn College Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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Blackburn College ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Blackburn College is 20. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Blackburn College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Blackburn College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

460 - 570


Reading SAT Range

480 - 570

Blackburn College Tuition & Fees

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