CARLINVILLE - If you're looking for the top baccalaureate college in Illinois, look no further than the little town of Carlinville. Washington Monthly College Rankings show Blackburn College, hiding in Illinois northeast of the St. Louis metro area, to be the top college in Illinois and 17th in the nation.
According to Washington Monthly, “The college rankings are designed to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend. Universities that bring in research dollars are rewarded by our standards, as are those whose undergraduates go on to earn PhDs. And we recognize institutions that are committed to public service, both in the way they teach and in encouraging students to enter service-focused careers.”
Blackburn as also been listed as a #2 Best Buy in the 2012 US News rankings, and as one of the most overlooked colleges in the U.S. by The Newsweek Daily Beast, a news reporting and opinion website. Blackburn was nominated for the Newsweek recognition due to its one-of-a-kind, student managed Work Program that makes higher education more affordable for students.