Blackburn student, Miriam Wali-Uddin, posing for shot while studying at the Lumpkin Library.
WHERE DREAMS
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Lead the way to a brighter future today, whether you’re graduating high school, going back to college, or guiding a student through these important decisions.

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Your education is bigger than a classroom.

The impact of Blackburn College’s “four-year head start” will carry far into your future. But it starts with the relationships you build all across campus, from peers and professors to your work assignments and social activities. At Blackburn College, learning never stops.

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Blackburn Alumni, Caleb Rieger '21 and Dade Bradley '23, inspecting a beebox on campus.
This is college -
plus so much more

As the only student-led college work program in the nation, Blackburn not only helps make higher education more affordable, it adds a whole new dimension to the college experience. You also get to develop professional skills that immediately apply to nearly any job after graduation

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Blackburn students sitting at the Hudson's Quad patio and talking to each other.
Intentional. Foundational. Transformational.

You’re not just a part of the student body. You’re a living, breathing part of Blackburn College. We’ve cultivated an inclusive environment where you can find community and belonging. And along with important life and work skills, you’ll forge friendships that last a lifetime.

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Blackburn student talking to two other students at the Lumpkin Library. The camera is solely focused on that student. The other two are sitting behind the camera.
Your education is bigger than a classroom.

The impact of Blackburn College’s “four-year head start” will carry far into your future. But it starts with the relationships you build all across campus, from peers and professors to your work assignments and social activities. At Blackburn College, learning never stops.

Explore opportunities
Work
Blackburn Alumni, Caleb Rieger '21 and Dade Bradley '23, inspecting a beebox on campus.
This is college -
plus so much more

As the only student-led college work program in the nation, Blackburn not only helps make higher education more affordable, it adds a whole new dimension to the college experience. You also get to develop professional skills that immediately apply to nearly any job after graduation

Discover the difference
Experience
Blackburn students sitting at the Hudson's Quad patio and talking to each other.
Intentional. Foundational. Transformational.

You’re not just a part of the student body. You’re a living, breathing part of Blackburn College. We’ve cultivated an inclusive environment where you can find community and belonging. And along with important life and work skills, you’ll forge friendships that last a lifetime.

Learn about Life at BC
When I visited Blackburn, I just fell in love with the campus. Everyone was so friendly and made me feel so welcome. Blackburn is such a wonderful community. I’ve met so many great people here and have been able to do so many things. It’s such a special place.

Admissions & Aid

As one of the most affordable private colleges in Illinois, Blackburn is more concerned about your future value than your current net worth. Get a head start on tomorrow by earning a more valuable degree today.

  • Our unique Work Program earns you tuition credits every week.
  • There are no “out of state” fees at Blackburn College, wherever you call home.
  • Our promise is to make a meaningful degree more attainable for you.

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Visit Blackburn Today

To understand the beauty of our 80-acre campus’ sustainable ecosystems or learn the charms of our rural setting, you have to see it yourself. Connect with one of our dedicated Admissions Counselors and plan your campus visit today!

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Beavers are Leaders.

With 15 athletic teams participating in our NCAA Division III teams, we host 100+ athletic events each year, all made possible by the hardest working student body we know. At Blackburn, every Beaver is committed to leading. On the field. In the classroom. In everything. Ready to go to work?

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  • Hudson Hall, the main academic building on the Blackburn College campus.

    Blackburn College Names Larry K. Lee as 20th President

    May 20, 2024
  • Photo of a giant crowd, Blackburn graduates seated and a full stage of administrators and guests during Blackburn College's 155th Commencement for the Class of 2024

    Blackburn Celebrates Class of 2024 During Graduation Weekend

    May 13, 2024
  • Student get up-close experience with a snake in Blackburn's vivarium

    More than 200 Regional High School Students Participated in Annual Science Day Scholarship Competition at Blackburn College

    May 08, 2024
  • July 09
    Tuesday, July 9 2024 - Wednesday, August 28 2024

    Summer Orientation – Virtual

    Jul 09 9:00 AM - Aug 28 12:00 PM
  • August 23
    Friday, August 23 2024

    New Students Arrive on Campus – Fall 2024

    Aug 23 - All day
  • August 26
    Monday, August 26 2024 - Thursday, August 29 2024

    Week of Welcome 2024

    Aug 26 8:00 AM - Aug 29 5:00 PM
Hudson Hall, the main academic building on the Blackburn College campus.

Blackburn College Names Larry K. Lee as 20th President

May 20, 2024
Photo of a giant crowd, Blackburn graduates seated and a full stage of administrators and guests during Blackburn College's 155th Commencement for the Class of 2024

Blackburn Celebrates Class of 2024 During Graduation Weekend

May 13, 2024
Student get up-close experience with a snake in Blackburn's vivarium

More than 200 Regional High School Students Participated in Annual Science Day Scholarship Competition at Blackburn College

May 08, 2024
Jul 09
Tuesday, July 9 2024 - Wednesday, August 28 2024

Summer Orientation – Virtual

Jul 09 9:00 AM - Aug 28 12:00 PM
Aug 23
Friday, August 23 2024

New Students Arrive on Campus – Fall 2024

Aug 23 - All day
Aug 26
Monday, August 26 2024 - Thursday, August 29 2024

Week of Welcome 2024

Aug 26 8:00 AM - Aug 29 5:00 PM