Illinois College

Illinois College is a private higher education institution of liberal arts from Jacksonville, Illinois. It offers undergraduate degrees in over 45 majors in the fields of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and a master's degree in education. Illinois College is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • Average Tuition USD 31,110
  • Acceptance Rate 61%
  • Students 955
  • International Students 6%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 43,975
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Illinois College was established in 1829, making it the state's first college to conduct classes and award baccalaureate degrees. It was founded by Presbyterian missionary, Reverend John M. Ellis, together with the help of several Congregational Yale students to address Illinois' needs for "seminary of learning". It's first president, Edward Beecher, was the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of influential anti-slavery novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

Today, Illinois College celebrates its 180th year in providing exceptional higher education at an affordable cost. It enrolls about 1,000 students with a 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. 85% of Illinois College students choose to live in college housing, which the institution offers through its 10 residence halls and apartments. The campus also houses a fitness and recreation center as well as state-of-the-art facilities for research and learning. Active participation of the student body is also encouraged with student-led clubs and organizations for various interest such as music, religion, literature, sports, theater, among many others.

  • 01International student scholarships ranging from $10,000 - $18,000 USD per year
  • 02100% of students take part in at least one experiential learning opportunity
  • 03A top 54 National Liberal Arts College (Washington Monthly)

Bachelor Programs

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Accounting

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The accounting program embraces the liberal arts curriculum by fostering students’ abilities in data analysis, problem solving, decision-making, and communication on a professional level. Within the accounting field, students obtain an understanding of the decisions made in various organizations, such as for-profit and non-profit private organizations, as well as public service and governmental organizations.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Art

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The art major at Illinois College is designed to develop excellence in techniques of the visual arts and expression of original ideas. Equipped with these tools, students can work towards the understanding and appreciation of world art in its historical development. With courses ranging from drawing, painting and sculpting to contemporary art and art education, the program appeals to a wide variety of artists.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biochemistry

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Biochemists investigate the chemical reactions and mechanisms that govern and regulate life. Biochemistry, therefore, combines the broad perspectives of biology and chemistry and uses diverse approaches to examine the chemistry of living things. The curriculum includes courses in chemistry and biology, and provides students with expertise at the interface of these disciplines. The mastery of fundamentals in biology and chemistry permits students to seamlessly integrate ideas from both areas of science and approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biology

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    As a biology student at Illinois College, there is literally no limit to your potential or opportunities to grow academically while discovering your scientific passions. Every day you not only learn alongside some of the brightest and best students on campus, but you work directly with faculty experts, many of which are known nationally – even globally – in their fields of study. Some current faculty research projects focus on the preservation of endangered species of orchids, the behavioral ecology of bats, DNA repair and the study of microbial communities.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biology with Ecology

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The ecology concentration within the biology major is intended for students interested in conservation biology, ecology, or environmental biology.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biology with Medical Technology (3-1 Program)**

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Illinois College cooperates with St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Illinois in a 3-1 program in medical technology.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biology with Occupational Therapy (3-2 Masters)

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Students preparing for a career in Occupational Therapy are advised to concentrate their academic coursework in Biology and Psychology. They should consult with the Pre-Occupational Therapy advisors to select a program, which will meet the admission requirements of professional schools of occupational therapy. Illinois College has a cooperative 3-2 program in Occupational Therapy with Washington University in St. Louis. Students complete a rigorous program at Illinois College in three years and then apply for admission to the professional program. After successful completion of the first professional year, students earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology or Psychology from Illinois College. After the second year at Washington University they are awarded the M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy or after the third year, the OTD is awarded. Students may also elect to complete their baccalaureate degree at Illinois College and then apply to Washington University or any other program in the country.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biology with Occupational Therapy (3-3 Doctorate)

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Students preparing for a career in Occupational Therapy are advised to concentrate their academic coursework in Biology and Psychology. They should consult with the Pre-Occupational Therapy advisors to select a program, which will meet the admission requirements of professional schools of occupational therapy. Illinois College has a cooperative 3-2 program in Occupational Therapy with Washington University in St. Louis. Students complete a rigorous program at Illinois College in three years and then apply for admission to the professional program. After successful completion of the first professional year, students earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology or Psychology from Illinois College. After the second year at Washington University they are awarded the M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy or after the third year, the OTD is awarded. Students may also elect to complete their baccalaureate degree at Illinois College and then apply to Washington University or any other program in the country.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Biology with Physiology

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The physiology concentration within the biology major is intended for students interested in applications of biological concepts to human health.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, purchasing and logistics; organization and production; marketing; and business decision-making.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business: Accounting

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The accounting program embraces the liberal arts curriculum by fostering students’ abilities in data analysis, problem solving, decision-making, and communication on a professional level. Within the accounting field, students obtain an understanding of the decisions made in various organizations, such as for-profit and non-profit private organizations, as well as public service and governmental organizations.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business: Economics

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Economics major is dedicated to developing a very wide and diverse understanding of economics in the world by using instruction, preparatory training tools and methods of scientific inquiry. It emphasizes both economic theories and applications. It is intended to give an understanding of the nature, operation and problems of the economy and today’s business world. The classes are designed to meet the needs of students desiring a broader understanding of economic applications, whether in the students’ own environment or in a career in business. The major is designed to develop excellence in understanding economic or financial analysis and to prepare majors for graduate studies and careers.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business: Finance

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Students studying economics and finance learn about the nature, operation, and financial issues faced by modern organization, including for profit and for non-governmental organization, business, and government.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business: Management and Organizational Leadership

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    As a Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) major at Illinois College, you will have the opportunity to put knowledge you learn in the classroom to use in real world environments. These experiential learning opportunities have included projects that involved researching dynamic ticket pricing for the Milwaukee Brewers and working with companies like Skyline® Exhibits & Graphics Mid-America to pinpoint trends that will keep businesses ahead of the curve. Skyline®, North America’s leading trade show and event company, reported they had a wonderful and profitable experience with Dr. Drea’s advanced business class in the Spring of 2016.

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    Business: Management Information Systems

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Management and Organizational Leadership offer a major in Management Information Systems (MIS). The primary focus of the major in Management Information Systems (MIS) is for students to learn a solid practical foundation in software development (algorithm development and programming) and the foundations of management. Students further have the opportunity to learn various topics by taking elective courses in computer science. Students may also enroll in additional courses in Management and Organizational Leadership, to strengthen their knowledge of management. Students are carefully advised by faculty members from both departments.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business: Marketing

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing research and consumer behavior. The program offers courses that focus on the study of demand analysis; profit relationships; pricing theory; marketing campaigns and strategic planning; market segments; advertising methods; and sales operations and management.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Business: Sports and Recreation Management

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Sports Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of athletic management; adult fitness; and recreation leadership.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Chemistry affects all phases of our modern lives, from the clothes we wear, to the cars we drive, to the food we eat, to the houses in which we live. With substantial overlap between both the disciplines of biology and physics, chemistry is often called the “central science,” and a grounding in chemistry is beneficial for all science majors. The Department of Chemistry is committed to educating liberal arts students to think critically and independently and to communicate ideas effectively.

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    Communication and Rhetorical Studies

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The mission of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies is to cultivate in students theoretically grounded and highly developed competencies in the production, delivery and criticism of diverse forms of human communication. It is the expectation of the Department that students will use their communication expertise ethically in the pursuit of both personal growth and professional advancement as well as in the fulfillment of their duties as responsible citizens and community leaders.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The primary focus of the computer science major is for students to learn a solid practical foundation in software development (algorithm development and programming). They also study the fundamentals of theory and hardware, and how both relate to software. While in the classroom, professors place an emphasis on the concepts and ideas rather than technical training, which allows students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary in the field of computer science. The computer science department in conjunction with the economics and business administration department also offers a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS).

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Economics

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Economics major is dedicated to developing a very wide and diverse understanding of economics in the world by using instruction, preparatory training tools and methods of scientific inquiry. It emphasizes both economic theories and applications. It is intended to give an understanding of the nature, operation and problems of the economy and today’s business world. The classes are designed to meet the needs of students desiring a broader understanding of economic applications, whether in the students’ own environment or in a career in business. The major is designed to develop excellence in understanding economic or financial analysis and to prepare majors for graduate studies and careers.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Education

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Engineering (3-2 Program with Physics or Chemistry)

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Illinois College cooperates with the University of Illinois College of Engineering, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, College of Engineering, and Washington University School of Engineering in dual-degree programs in engineering. During the three years at Illinois College, students follow the typical program for science students, with the addition of Introduction to Engineering 121, 122, and complete the specified courses required for a degree. Students seeking a career in engineering are advised to concentrate in Mathematics and Physics, or Chemistry for Chemical Engineering students only. Faculty approval is given if a 2.75 average (on a 4.0 scale) is achieved in courses in Division II (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics). During the two years at one of the universities, students complete studies in a specified field of engineering. Upon completion of the completion of the program, students qualify for degrees from both institutions.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    English

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Illinois College English We explore the literary output of humanity throughout its history, and we endeavor to add to it. We understand that the study and creation of literature allows us to learn not only about ourselves but also about people from our culture and other global cultures. Our faculty members invite our students, both in their thoughts and through their actions, to travel beyond the walls of our classrooms, and many students write for off-campus publications, volunteer at local organizations, or study abroad (most recently to England, Japan, Ecuador, Ireland, Argentina, and Spain).

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Environmental Studies Program

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Environmental Studies program at Illinois College is a highly interdisciplinary major that integrates courses in the humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. Faculty members from the biology, chemistry, physics, economics, English, international studies, political science, psychology, and sociology departments participate in the program.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Finance

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Students studying economics and finance learn about the nature, operation, and financial issues faced by modern organization, including for profit and for non-governmental organization, business, and government.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    French

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The study of foreign languages is a vital part of a liberal arts education. Students studying new languages gain direct experience of foreign cultures that deepens their understanding of the world as they learn to read, write, and speak that new language. Students learning French language and culture gain access to a language spoken in many countries, a language spoken by Europeans, Africans, and diplomats in every country. Students learn about The French culture, a world view ,and people who have walked the international city of Paris, the food of legend, as well as film and art admired worldwide.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Gender and Women's Studies

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    By emphasizing an intersectional study of gender, courses and experiences in Illinois College’s Gender and Women’s Studies program maintain connections with the study of race, class, and sexuality. This is essential for this field of study in the 21st century. Students engage with classic and contemporary texts on women, men, gender, race, and class to study the social construction of human identity in a variety of disciplines. In fact, more than a dozen faculty and courses in many different disciplines contribute learning experiences to this program. Professors and students use diverse methods inside and outside of the classroom to study ideas, texts, and contexts, engaging both local and global realities. The program prepares women and men to live out the college's historical commitments to social justice and offers a major and a minor.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    German

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The study of foreign language is a vital part of a liberal arts education. Students studying a new language gain direct experience of a foreign cultures that depends on their understanding of the world as they learn to read, write, and speak that new language.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    History

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    A variety of opportunities await students in the History program at Illinois College. The courses are designed to give students an understanding of the development of civilization, an appreciation of its varied social, economic, political, cultural components and their historical interaction, as well as a basic familiarity with historical methods and reasoning. Students can take advantage of the numerous classes offered in the department with subject matters ranging from United States History to Ancient Greece and Rome, and Modern Europe to the Holocaust. The curriculum stresses the development of sound research, critical thinking, and communication skills-all valuable tools for lives and careers ahead.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    An Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students who are interested in pursuing a non-standard major to define their own course of study.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    International Studies

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    A major in international studies is a valuable resource in today’s global market. By examining the political, economic, cultural, and religious systems of other nations, students gain a greater understanding of world problems and possible solutions. A major in international studies should be attractive to students interested in pursuing careers in international business, teaching, diplomacy, and nongovernmental organizations.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Japanese Studies

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Japanese Studies Program is interdisciplinary. In addition to acquiring competence in the Japanese language, students gain a broad understanding of traditional and contemporary Japan through a wide range of Japan-related courses from various departments and programs. We also encourage our students to complement Japanese Studies with a second major or minor, which helps to prepare them for a wide range of future careers.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Management and Organizational Leadership

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    As a Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) major at Illinois College, you will have the opportunity to put knowledge you learn in the classroom to use in real world environments. These experiential learning opportunities have included projects that involved researching dynamic ticket pricing for the Milwaukee Brewers and working with companies like Skyline® Exhibits & Graphics Mid-America to pinpoint trends that will keep businesses ahead of the curve. Skyline®, North America’s leading trade show and event company, reported they had a wonderful and profitable experience with Dr. Drea’s advanced business class in the Spring of 2016.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Management Information Systems

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Management and Organizational Leadership offer a major in Management Information Systems (MIS). The primary focus of the major in Management Information Systems (MIS) is for students to learn a solid practical foundation in software development (algorithm development and programming) and the foundations of management. Students further have the opportunity to learn various topics by taking elective courses in computer science. Students may also enroll in additional courses in Management and Organizational Leadership, to strengthen their knowledge of management. Students are carefully advised by faculty members from both departments.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Mathematics

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    A student majoring in mathematics at Illinois College will encounter both a challenging field of study and extremely supportive faculty. The professors in the mathematics department strive to establish a community among majors to help lead students to success.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Music

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Strong minds make strong musicians and are better equipped to spread the joy of music to others. As a music major or minor at Illinois College, your focus will be on developing your musical abilities as a whole - from theoretical and historical to practical and hands-on. Music students are held to a high academic standard and scholarship plays a primary role in all music classes.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Philosophy

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    Philosophy is about big questions. What’s goodness? What’s truth? Do I have a soul? Why should I be moral? At IC, students consider these kinds of questions by reading philosophical works of the past and present. In all courses, philosophical argumentation is emphasized as students learn to define terms clearly, make distinctions, qualify their statements, analyze evidence, and present examples and counterexamples. As a result, students develop the liberal skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking well. These skills are indispensable for a good human life, and they are desired by every employer.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Physical Education

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    This program equips students with the knowledge of exercise and physical activities that promote physical fitness. The program combines coursework that includes professional education and physical education, offering courses that focus on the study of kinesiology; exercise psychology; and motor skills development.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Physics

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Physics Department provides insight into the relationship of humans to their physical world. Courses are centered around the development of our modern concepts of matter and energy and how these affect humans, directly and indirectly.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Political Science

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The political science program at Illinois College seeks to develop the next generation of knowledgeable citizens and leaders. Faculty experts passionately teach a core curriculum that tackles current issues and help students discover their place in today’s political landscape. Whether your career interest is foreign relations, law, business, or government -- the political science program at Illinois College prepares students for the political experiences of tomorrow and will make you an educated citizen of the world.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Psychology

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The goals of the psychology department are to give students a broad background, a wide variety of concepts, self-awareness, and self-understanding. Students majoring in psychology at Illinois College will gain a solid foundation in rigorous coursework, useful and practical field experiences, and exposure to research and its processes. Using these assets and experiences, students develop their knowledge skills for the understanding of behavior, especially human behavior.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Religion

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    In the 20th century, some commentators saw the importance of religion waning. In the 21st century, religion has become an increasingly important component of national and international discussions. A religion major or minor distinguishes an IC graduate with a respect for and tolerance of numerous religious ideas, practices, and cultural expressions, preparing students to understand and engage in these ongoing discussions.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Sociology

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The Department of Sociology at Illinois College offers the key advantages of developing an in-depth knowledge of sociology within a liberal arts setting. Within this context, we help students develop 'The Sociological Imagination' through a focus on theoretical knowledge and application, methodological expertise, contributions to the campus and community through internships, research and other opportunities, and comprehensive preparation for graduate school or professional careers.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Spanish

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The study of foreign languages is a vital part of a liberal arts education. Students studying a new language gain direct experience with foreign cultures that deepens their understanding of the world as they learn to read, write, and speak that new language.

  • 1101 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, United States

    Theatre

    USD 31,110 Tuition Fee

    The theatre department at Illinois College is dedicated to teaching students to develop skills they need to enter the professional theatre and the 21st-century workforce at large: creative problem-solving, leadership, collaboration, strong communication skills, critical thinking, and integrity. The department also encourages students to develop their craft through a program of coursework and guided experience in acting, design, directing, playwriting, management, theatre history, and the use of technologies most common in theatre.

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  • US News (Liberal Arts)
    US News (Liberal Arts) 138
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 496

Admission Requirements

  • Avg Aid to Undergraduate 19869
  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum SAT 1040
  • Minimum ACT 20

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    Established in 1829

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    Illinois College received a LEED Silver Certification for its Abraham Lincoln Halls.

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          • Testimony
            1972-1976, BS

            Balanced Education

            The education received at a small liberal arts institution prepares individuals to succeed on two levels, professional and personal. Success comes from working well with others. Illinois College has an atmosphere that incourages interaction at many levels, and that prepares people to succed in life.

          • Testimony
            1968-1974, BS, Math, PE, Secondary ED

            A "Fantastic" education experience!

            Illinois College was perfect for a young man who was not certain of his path upon graduation. The liberal arts foundation was broad enough to allow my path to eventually follow one of many options. IC Football nutured my competitive spirit. Simply a wonderful midwestern institution of higher learning.

          • Testimony
            1987-1992, BS

            Excellent Curriculm

            Small class sizes allowed for greater one on one assistance with the professors when required.