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?

Go Beavers
  • Photograph of man, Dr. Michael Cummings, standing outside on the Blackburn College campus in front of two pine trees

    Blackburn Welcomes Dr. Michael Cummings as Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

    February 14, 2024
  • Blackburn Choir students performing at the Bothwell Auditorium as golden confetti sprinkles from above the stage.

    Music and Theatre Department Announces Spring Performance Season

    February 07, 2024
  • Four Blackburn students hanging out and having a conversation in the Reading Room at the Lumpkin Library. One of the students is partially off the shot.

    Winter Open House Event Set for February 19

    January 31, 2024
  • March 08
    Friday, March 8 2024

    Spring Break Begins at 5 p.m.

    5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • March 23
    Saturday, March 23 2024

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • April 20
    Saturday, April 20 2024

    Beautification Day 2024

    7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Photograph of man, Dr. Michael Cummings, standing outside on the Blackburn College campus in front of two pine trees

Blackburn Welcomes Dr. Michael Cummings as Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

February 14, 2024
Blackburn Choir students performing at the Bothwell Auditorium as golden confetti sprinkles from above the stage.

Music and Theatre Department Announces Spring Performance Season

February 07, 2024
Four Blackburn students hanging out and having a conversation in the Reading Room at the Lumpkin Library. One of the students is partially off the shot.

Winter Open House Event Set for February 19

January 31, 2024
Mar 08
Friday, March 8 2024

Spring Break Begins at 5 p.m.

5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mar 23
Saturday, March 23 2024

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 20
Saturday, April 20 2024

Beautification Day 2024

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM