Blackburn College: Narrative Description

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700 College Ave.
Carlinville, IL 62626-1498
Tel: (217)854-3231
Free: 800-233-3550
Fax: (217)854-3713
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1837. Setting: 80-acre small town campus with easy access to St. Louis. Endowment: $10.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3474 per student. Total enrollment: 590. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 916 applied, 56% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 8 class presidents, 9 valedictorians, 14 student government officers. Full-time: 580 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 10 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 8 other countries, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $16,628 includes full-time tuition ($12,733) and college room and board ($3895). College room only: $1795. Full-time tuition varies according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $501 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 31 open to all. Most popular organizations: Cultural Expressions, Residence Hall Association, New Student Orientation Committee, choral groups, student government. Major annual events: Academic Honors Banquet, Founder's Day Convocation, President's Convocation. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 475 college housing spaces available; 425 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Lumpkin Library with 61,586 books, 10,844 microform titles, 79 serials, and 1,181 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $148,304. 202 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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