Illinois College

Illinois College is a private, liberal arts college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA), and located in Jacksonville, Illinois

Illinois College was the second college founded in Illinois, but the first to grant a degree (in 1835). It was founded in 1829 by the Illinois Band, students from Yale University who traveled westward to found new colleges. It briefly served as the state’s first medical school from 1843–1848, and became co-educational in 1903.

Illinois College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1010 (2013) students. Over 80 different programs and majors are offered at the school, including Combined Degree Programs in Biology with Medical Technology, Biology with Occupational Therapy, Nursing (Leading to Master’s), and Physics with Engineering. The most popular programs among students tend to be education, science, or business related.

The student to faculty ratio is often around 11:1, with a current average class size of 16 (2013) students.

Illinois College has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The College’s Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society is one of only eleven in the state, and was established in 1932.

All degrees awarded by Illinois College are undergraduate bachelor’s degrees with the exception of a newer Master of Arts in Education. The M.A.Ed. is a 32 credit hour on-campus degree program which was designed to specifically accommodate the professional development needs of in-service teachers.

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