True Excellence... True Opportunities...True Success…this is Illinois College (IC)
An innovative college curriculum, top-notch facilities, faculty mentors and life-defining co-curricular activities make Illinois College an exceptional value.
Illinois College is a small residential liberal arts college offering exceptional education at an affordable cost on a safe and beautiful campus. For over 180 years, Illinois College has prepared young men and women for lives of leadership and service.
When students come to Illinois College, they will not only be a part of the campus community, they will be part of a city that blends time-honored traditions and historical treasures with vibrant and stimulating arts and culture. Jacksonville is a place where students will feel safe- it has a population of 25,000 people, more than 50 restaurants, eight parks and two lakes.
In terms of connectivity, Illinois College is 30 minutes west of Springfield, Illinois (the state capitol), 3.5 hours southwest of Chicago, and 1.5 hours northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
IC’s average class size is 16 students. This allows Illinois College to approach academics in a way that maximizes their learning potential.
Students earn their degrees through a demanding residential liberal arts curriculum of more than 45 majors in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
Finish in 4
The Finish in 4 program is designed to ensure first-time students will graduate in four years or Illinois College will cover the cost of their remaining required courses at IC.
A rich array of experiential learning opportunities including study abroad, student-faculty research, internships, community service projects and Division III athletics complement the academic program. The unique College-funded BreakAway program enables students to travel and study in the U.S. and beyond. Students discover their talents at Illinois College, and graduates carry with them skills that enable success anywhere in the world.
Life on Campus
IC focuses not only on academics, but on student-accomplishments outside the classroom as well.
84% students live near the action- on campus; over 70% of students are involved in student organizations. Interested to know more? Read the Student Life and Residential Life sections for more.
IC’s more than USD 140 million endowment allows the College to keep its tuition lower than many comparative institutions. It also awards millions of dollars in financial aid each year to ensure that deserving students reap the many benefits of an Illinois College education. More in the True Value section.
Students will have the ability to tailor their educational experience to their specific needs - an education based on what employers expect to see in graduates. They will have the opportunity to build strong relationships with dedicated professors inside and outside of the classroom, guiding them throughout their years at IC and preparing them for their first job after graduation. Nearly 100%of IC’s alumni are employed or in a graduate program within one year of graduation.
Interested? Prepare to graduate ready with IC…apply now!