Blackburn welcomes transfer students from all over to join the leaders, problem solvers, and creative thinkers who call our school home. We are thrilled that you are considering continuing your path at Blackburn! We look forward to connecting with you and reviewing your application.
A significant portion of the Blackburn community is made up of transfer students just like you, and we value your experience and academic work. As a student, you will have incredible opportunities inside and out of the classroom to begin building the skills necessary for your dream career. Along with our personalized academic approach and innovative work program that can help you jumpstart your future, you will find a supportive community where you will find friends and mentors to help you reach the finish line as soon as possible!
What Makes Blackburn So Unique
When Blackburn College launched in 1837, it established a vision of the ideal student as “intelligent, forward-thinking, and forward-looking.” Today’s Blackburn students are made from the same mold.
Head Start on Your Career
Blackburn College prepares students unlike any other college or university. We offer the only Work Program in the nation managed exclusively by students. Blackburn students are employed on campus, often connected to their field of study, gaining real management and leadership experience while finishing their degree. And students receive a $5,000 tuition credit each year they participate.
This gives you a “head start” with real-world professional development that pays off. There’s a reason Blackburn has a 96% placement rate for graduates over the last five years – with in-demand skills and marketable work experience, our grads enter the workplace at full speed, ready to rise and shine.
More than just a Number
Blackburn provides personalized support in ways that simply cannot happen at another institution. We offer small class sizes – with an 11:1 student to faculty ratio – and you will discover the incredible benefits of mentor relationships in the classroom or on the job. You will also find a caring community where your professors, staff, coaches, and classmates are invested in your success.
You get the best of both worlds at Blackburn. Our campus is located in Carlinville, Illinois – full of big skies, nature, and small-town charm – nestled in the heart of the midwest. There are always activities on campus, but if you need to feel some big city vibes we’re moments from St. Louis or an Amtrak ride away from Chicago.
Blackburn students enjoy vibrant experiences and a supportive campus life. There are countless ways to share your creativity – in our performance spaces, art gallery, and literary publications. We offer 11 NCAA Division III varsity programs and intramural opportunities, too. There are plenty of clubs and activities you can join, or if you like you can create your own. Student life at Blackburn is as multi-dimensional and diverse as our student population.