About Blackburn College

Founded in 1837, Blackburn College. is a Private college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 596 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Blackburn College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 37 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Blackburn College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate53%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range790-890
ACT Range18-23

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,7% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 17 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

69% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 37% were in the top quarter, and 14% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Blackburn College.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Blackburn College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    26 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    15 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    27 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    26 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    26 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 77 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    26 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    27 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    26 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Blackburn College?

6 Students rated Blackburn College


It is an amazing school. It gives students many opportunities, so there is something for everyone. It is a small, private school, so everyone knows everyone, and there is never a dull moment on campus. Everyone is so friendly, and there is always something to do. If you want something small with great opportunities, Blackburn is for you.


I would recommend Blackburn to anybody. We are a work college and for most majors, we have opportunities that are unparalleled. Psych major? Peer Counseling position. Accounting major? Business office employee. Marketing major? Assistant to Alumni Fundraising position. Leadership major? 12 work departments that require managers, assistant managers, and also the to General Managers that manage the entire Work Program at Blackburn. If you want real experience and an incredible resume, come to Blackburn.


Blackburn is a unique college experience that is fantastic. Small school situated in a small town, and the work college program keeps costs manageable while providing the life experiences that employers require. Every employer I interviewed with after college was intrigued by my experience, and I was offered almost every job I interviewed for.


I greatly appreciate Blackburn. The class sizes are small and they allow better relationships between students and professors. The staff there are excellent at helping students focus on their studies. It is a wonderful experience and I wish to keep attending there.

Blackburn College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Blackburn College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Blackburn College is 53%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    My advice to my high school senior self is simple: get involved in your school, join clubs, participate in campus activiites, and get out there and meet people! Of course when you play sports you know your teammates, but reach beyond sports. Don't pigeon hole yourself into one facet of campus life like you did in highschool. Stretch yourself and try new things. Volunteering is something you have never tried and it can be very rewarding. I am now the president for our campus' Habit for Humanity chapter and have even spoken at a national meeting. Now that looks good on a resume! Plus, we go to Florida every Spring Break to build a house with another chapter. I joined a youth group and have found a lot of people there I enjoy spending time with because we have the same values. Don't worry, you will find you are so busy with sports, school, work, and volunteering that there isn't any time to miss home. You will come to love your school as your second home and all your friends are just down the hall from your room!

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the work program. The work program is run by the student body and allows you to work off your school tuition. By doing the work program you are getting great work experience as well as filling out your resume.

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i would have known that college life isn't that bad. I was a little nervous when I started, but after being at the school for a semester i really enjoyed it. I got to know people i probably would have never talked to and even joined clubs. I just wish i would have known that getting out there and enjoying the college experience is good.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It is a school with dedicated students and professors that are working to be the best that they can, with a president, provost, and facilities that choose not to nurture and support our efforts.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are intelligent, hard working students who are always willing to help when it is needed.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing would have to be the classes that you must take. Some of the classes are a science class with at least a lab, philosophy/religion class, freshman inquiry I & II, and others.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who wants to be fully engaged in all of their school and extra curricular activities. A person who wants their professors to know who they are and a person who wants to contribute not only to the college but to the community. Blackburn students have a mandatory work program of 10hours/week that is applied to the final tuition cost. A person attending Blackburn should have a strong work ethic.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I usually mention the fact that Blackburn just built a very extensive science building.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Drama is something that happens all of the time

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Blackburn University is a small college, with around 500 students. Everyone who lives on campus works on campus and everything is run by the students. A partial tuition deferral is given for working at the college.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for the work program. It is one of the nation's seven work colleges but it is the only student managed work program of these select seven.

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  13. What are the academics like at your school?

    Very small class size. Most professors seem passionate about teaching and will interact with the students.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Seems to be any athletic group. I was originally recruited to play on the baseball team, but truthfully, I hate it here, and I am going to transfer after just one semester.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Well, it is a liberal arts college so I guess the stereotype would be more of an artsy type of person. I'm not sure if I can agree or disagree with this stereotype.

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  16. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who wants to get a work experience while getting an education since we are only one of seven work colleges in the United States.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Blackburn College receive some sort of financial aid. 66% were awarded federal grants. While 87% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$110K & UP

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