The impact of Blackburn College’s “four-year head start” will carry far into your future. But it starts with the relationships you build in the classroom. Everyone’s working together and invested in the success of the college. That sort of true collaboration shapes the academic culture as well as the campus community.

Blackburn’s tuition is already among the lowest of all private, four-year residential colleges in Illinois. Because each student works ten hours a week for the college for tuition credit, a comprehensive, liberal arts education is within reach for all students, many of whom come from underserved communities.

The transformative Blackburn experience begins the day you enter campus. You’ll become a valued leader in creating the Blackburn culture while developing invaluable professional skills and enjoying a rich and joyful college life.

Our students are valued leaders in the creation of the Blackburn culture who develop invaluable professional skills while enjoying a full, enriching, and joyful college experience.

We’ve integrated our Work Program into every aspect of our academics to flesh out the full Blackburn College experience; the combination of instructional guidance and the honing of practical skills that produce the brightest possible future for each student.

Teacher Licensure

One of our newest programs offers one of the fastest and most impactful results--changing the lives of future students through education. In just three semesters of robust coursework, you can be prepared to pass the content area exams and jump into your own classroom, wherever that may be.

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Blackburn & Beyond

Blackburn and Beyond is a program designed to increase opportunities for young adults with diverse learning abilities. This program aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student's academic interests and employment goals.

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Study Abroad

Whether it’s for a semester or just a summer, study abroad introduces you to new cultures and meaningful international experiences. Plan early, expand your horizons, and take another important step forward in preparation for the rest of your life.

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More Than Just Going to College

As part of one of the 10 programs in the nation recognized as “work colleges”, Blackburn students literally help plan, manage and run the facilities of an institution fully invested in them. This real-world work experience pays off with resumes that are attractive to employers across all fields. And, each student receives tuition credit for their hours of weekly work; helping make college more financially attainable for everyone.

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Your Future is Ready. Are You?

Did you know that Blackburn College is the most affordable private college in Illinois? Or that our Work Program has been driving affordability into education for over 100 years? With over 30 majors, there’s a degree program here that will launch your future.

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