About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois 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 958 full time undergraduate students, and 2 full time graduate students.

The Illinois College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 78 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Illinois College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate54%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at IC are considered Selective, with ,36% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

89% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 57% were in the top quarter, and 30% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Illinois 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”

Illinois College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    79 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    58 Students rated off-campus housing 2.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    80 Students rated campus food 2.2 stars. 3 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    80 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    80 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    80 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    80 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    79 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Illinois College?

18 Students rated Illinois College

Lisset - 02/16/2021

They have a fantastic science department with amazing professors. However, they lack the resources to fully prepare their students for medical school. This college is not diverse in any way! I wish they did more for their first-generation, DACA, and BIPOC students.


Illinois College provides a setting that sets its students up to think critically in things other academics. As a small, liberal arts college, there is plenty of opportunity to change the campus because of how you can develop close relationships with the faculty, staff, and administrators. Having faculty, staff, and administrators as accessible as they are at Illinois College allows students to know that they will be heard and are cared about. The faculty at Illinois College are spectacular, and go out of their way to ensure that their students are able to further their passion for whatever subject they are studying. Research opportunities, internships, and study abroad trips are part of the typical experience for a student at Illinois College which helps us solidify our love for what we are studying. The environment of Illinois College fosters love for whatever academic subject you like while making sure that you enjoy living on campus.


This college is my home away from home. I love the smaller size, the individual attention given by professors and the overall atmosphere of campus. The students are also very friendly and you can always have an interesting conversation. The cafeteria food is not the best but you can always go to Mondos for a sub or Starbucks for a nice drink. The classes are challenging and there are a select few professors that are not the best at teaching but through my experience, all the professors on campus are more than happy to explain topics to you during their office hours or just have a nice chit-chat.


IC has professors that will go above and beyond to ensure students are understanding and getting the most out of their classes. There are fun events on campus and an amazing library with great librarians who are always there to help. The college is great at making sure students get internship and research opportunities before graduating.

Illinois College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Illinois College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Illinois College is 54%. 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?

    I would tell myself that there is a lot more freedom going to be coming your way, so make sure that you use your time wisely and get involved in things right away! Academics are most definately your number one focus but you do need to have a social life as well, so have some fun every once in a while. No matter how difficult classes or how homesick you may get... never, never give up! You can do anything you really want to do!

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    I think the research that is done through this college is the best out there. I am currently working on a research project in the Florida Everglades as a tangent to my lab research I am doing at the College. I am going to make this a life career when I go to do my Master's program. If it was not for my great research advisor and his lab, I do not know what I would be doing currently.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Dedicated to doing what they can to benefit their future goals.

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

    Illinois College is a smal,l private liberal arts college in a town of 19,000 people that offers friendly professors and students as well as a rigorous coursework with a variety of academic majors and extracurriculars to get students involved on campus.

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

    I wish I had known that the students do not have a voice. Unfortunately, the administration makes all the decisions and rarely considers the students' opinions. For example, very few students supported the plus/minus grading system, but despite our concerns, the grading system was implemented. I also wish I had known how great the professors truly are! Each professor remains dedicated to their subject and their students, which I find very rare in a college. No class is permitted to enroll more than 50 students so one will never be merely a number at Illinois College.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is best known for its academic integrity and quality education. It has a great teacher preparation program that has served as a model for other schools as well as an excellent business program, though you will receive a quality education from any department. It is also known for being almost like a big family. The school has historical roots as well containing the oldest academic building in Illinois and being the site of the Lincoln vs. Douglass debates. Mainly, our school is just known for being a great place to receive an education and learn about life and yourself.

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

    It sits ontop of a hill and when it rains or snows, the side walks get really slippery.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Illinois College is for students who are looking for a smaller sized college with a personable staff, faculty, and professors. The professors really care about their students and the student's success in the classroom. Illinois College is a place for everyone looking for success and fulfilling career and life.

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

    Everything in one place. Short walking distance. The largest hot tub in the state!!!

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

    I brag about a couple of things. The history professors are fantastic at Illinois College, as is Biology professor Dr. Lawrence Zetler. Dr. Zetler wanted me to take up Biology, as he thought I had a knack for it; I had to decide against it as micro-biology and chemistry have always been poor subjects for me. Also, we have a phenomenal fitness center in Bruner, with a outstanding weight room and a superb indoor track (which, being in track, I truly appreciate) as well as many other nice features

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

    There are many popular student groups on campus such as Alpha Phi Omega, Up til Dawn, Circle K International, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Brother and Sisters in Christ, just to name a few. This is something I love about Illinois College, There are so many ways to get involved that students do not sit around wondering what they should do. Instead, students often find themselves asking how much can I be involved with. I am constantly asking myself this question because I am already involved in a lot, yet there is so much more that I would like to be involved with. At Illinois College, you are sure to find your "home."

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

    Any person who isn't commited to academic excellence should not attend this school. Illinois College is a challenging college and expects the maximum preformance from students. The college is liberal arts, so, if you are a student looking for a major intensive education, it would be in your best interest to look elsewhere.

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

    I think that the most frustrating part of school is trying to balance studying, athletics, and a social life while also trying to get enough sleep.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academics at Illinois College are very personal. Professors know you by your name rather than a number in the grade book. Classes average 18-20 students with a few beginning lecture classes topping off at 75 students. That is the biggest any class on campus will be. In fact, many classes fall below the average size which allows for more one on one time with the professor. With such small classes, majority of the classes are discussion based. It is not very often that a professor just lectures the entire class. Instead, the professors want to get the students involved in the class. One thing I really love about Illinois College is the general education requirements. While some students see this as a hassle and a waste of time, it has really helped me find my way toward the right major. The general education requirements require you to take at least one class in each field of study. This is beneficial for those students who still do not really know what they want to study in college. This way, you get a basic knowledge for the different fields and can hopefully have a better understanding of what will suit you best.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    My overall opinion of Illinois College is that I would not trade it for any other school. Since the first time I stepped on the campus for an open house, I have constantly been amazed at the amount of camaraderie that is found on campus. The students, faculty, and staff truly care about each other. I believe this stems from the relatively small size of the college. Illinois College has roughly 1,000 students, which may seem too small to some people, but once on the campus, it is easy to realize that it is the perfect size. At Illinois College, students are known on a first name basis with their professors; we are not a huge university where students are known as numbers. Students at IC form personal relationships with almost everyone they meet. Although we lack the high profile sports events that are found at universities, are campus still has a lot of pride in the athletes that represent Illinois College. Overall, students do not come here to play sports; they come here to get an outstanding education and the sports are just a part of that journey. The campus truly is the perfect environment for successful learning.

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

    Oftentimes IC students are stereotyped to be from tiny, farm towns from throughout Central Iliinois. However, this is not the case. Many students come from throughout the United States, and IC has a very strong influx of international students. In all reality, the atmosphere at IC is quite diverse.

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  18. What are your classes like?

    The classes at Illinois College are really a unique experience. The normal class size is 18-20 students. This allows you to have the one on one time with your professors, which is crucial to success. The professors get to know you as a person, and you are known by your name, not a number as it would be at much larger schools.

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  19. Tell us about your professors.

    Our professors are great! They are there for you whenever you need them. They will be there for you if you need help with anything with school. They become a support system here on campus for you. Many of my professors give me their cell phone numbers and I know I can call them whenever I need them about anything school or life related.

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  20. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    I will never forget the day I was wearing my new pink boots that I had received as a Christmas present. I was completely caught off guard when I heard someone say "Those are some nice looking boots Alyson." I turned around to see that President Axel Steuer was the one commenting on my boots. This is one of the many unique things that comes with being at a small school. Not only do you have interaction with everyone (including the president), but they are also very friendly. That day was definitely a reassuring day as to why I chose a small school, but more importantly why I chose Illinois College.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    There are a couple different options for the dorms. The freshman type doors are more social, whereas the upperclassmen usually choose the suite-style dorms where they share a bathroom. Either way, our staff keeps them very clean, and they're comfortable.

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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 Illinois College receive some sort of financial aid. 48% were awarded federal grants. While 80% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$30 - $48K
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$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

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