Illinois College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Sturtevant Hall at Illinois College
Sturtevant Hall at Illinois College. Illinois College / Wikimedia Commons

Students applying to Illinois College can apply with the Common Application, or through the school's application. With an acceptance rate of 54%, Illinois College is generally accessible. The great majority of admitted students have grades in the "B" range or better, and standardized test scores that are at least average. Required application materials include scores from the SAT or ACT, a high school transcript, and a personal statement. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Illinois College Description:

Illinois College is a small liberal arts institution located in the town of Jacksonville, Illinois. Founded in 1829, it is the oldest college in Illinois. Students can choose from over 45 academic programs, a large number for a school of around 1,000 students. Illinois College values close relationships between the faculty and students, something made possible with its 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The college's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its relatively low tuition and significant financial aid earn the school high marks for its value. On the athletic front, the Blueboys and Lady Blues compete within the NCAA's Division III—within the Midwest Conference. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, softball, swimming, tennis, and golf.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 960 (958 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,610
  • Books: $ -
  • Room and Board: $9,190
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $42,299

Illinois College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 80%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,618
    • Loans: $7,787

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Economics, Elementary Eduction, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Sociology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 60%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Baseball, Golf, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Softball, Golf, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Illinois College Mission Statement:

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"True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service."

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