Finish Strong at Blackburn

Blackburn College is opening its doors to students affected by the planned closure of Lincoln College. We know how complicated and painful transitions can be, so we are here to support you in any way we can.

Blackburn welcomes transfer students from all over to join the leaders, problem solvers, and creative thinkers who call our school home. As a student, you will have incredible opportunities inside and out of the classroom to begin building the skills necessary for your dream career.

Contact the Office of Admission and we will work with you to develop a personalized plan to reach the finish line as soon as possible at Blackburn College.

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.

In addition to the mentoring you will receive from faculty and staff, we offer the only Work Program in the nation managed exclusively by students. Blackburn students literally help plan, manage and run the facilities of an institution fully invested in them. It’s an incredible head start gaining real-world work experience that pays off with resumes that are attractive to employers across all fields. And students receive a $5,000 tuition credit each year they participate

There’s a reason Blackburn has a 96% placement rate for graduates over the last five years. Blackburn graduates enter the workplace at full speed ready to rise and shine.

Blackburn was the perfect place to complete my degree. Not only was I able to play basketball at the highest level, but I gained incredible leadership experience as a manager in the Work Program.

Lynx Grant & Financial 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.

Each Lincoln College student admitted to Blackburn will receive a financial aid offer that focuses on affordability. These offers will include price matching, a guaranteed $3000 Lynx Grant, transfer merit scholarships, and need-based grants in addition to other aid based on eligibility. Additionally, Blackburn will compare financial aid packages on an individual basis to ensure Lincoln students are able to continue their degrees.

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NCAA Division III Athletics

Where Leaders Rise

Blackburn offers 11 sports participating in our NCAA Division III athletic programs, including our 2021 and 2022 conference champion Men’s Basketball Team. If you just want to play the sport you love, we have intramural opportunities for you. Want to perform or share your artistic talents? There are many student-run clubs and organizations you can join, or you could start your own. At Blackburn, every Beaver is committed to leading. On the field and on stage. In class and on the job. In everything.



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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Lincoln College FAQ

Absolutely - there’s still time to register for classes and get financial aid. You can use Common App or use our website - it’s free and no waiver is required. Add Blackburn to your FAFSA application (code 001639) to get the financial aid process rolling. Blackburn will help you get to the finish line!

Lincoln College FAQ

Blackburn offers many of the same academic majors and will enable transferring students the opportunity to continue on their path with little to no interruption. Each student will be eligible for a transcript evaluation that helps chart the course from Lincoln to a Blackburn graduation.

Lincoln College FAQ

There is a proactive nature among Blackburn students. Engaged. Motivated. Inspired.

As a student at Blackburn, your relationship with your college is different than any other school in the country. You have your friends, your clubs and activities, and that wonderful college experimentation and growth. But there’s more. You’re not just a part of the Blackburn student body. You’re a living, breathing part of Blackburn College. You help it function. Blackburn’s success is your success.

That’s why student life at Blackburn is as multi-dimensional and diverse as our student population. We’ve cultivated an inclusive environment where you can find community and belonging; where there are sports and clubs for everyone but if your interest isn't represented on campus any student can create their own.

Lincoln College FAQ

The Blackburn College Dining Hall or “DING” as it is also known, is located in the Demuzio Campus Center (DCC).  There are also several restaurants in Carlinville.

Lincoln College FAQ

There are many designated visitor parking areas on campus. View the Parking Map on our Policies and Information page.

We're Here to Help

Lincoln students, faculty, and staff will have support from the entire Blackburn community. Dr. Steven Lambert, Vice President of Inclusive Enrollment, is also designated as the Lincoln College representative. Feel free to contact him if you have any questions or need support through this process.

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