Illinois College: Narrative Description

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1101 West College Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2299
Tel: (217)245-3000; (866)464-5265
Admissions: (217)245-3030
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Independent interdenominational, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1829. Setting: 62-acre small town campus with easy access to St. Louis. Endowment: $116 million. Total enrollment: 1,037. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 837 applied, 89% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 17 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,022 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 15 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 7 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 2% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $20,800 includes full-time tuition ($14,600) and college room and board ($6200). Part-time tuition: $610 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 30% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activity Board, Forum, Homecoming Committee, literary societies, B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ). Major annual events: homecoming, Night of a Thousand Stars, All-College Christmas Dinner. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 750 college housing spaces available; 730 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Schewe Library plus 1 other with 163,810 books, 7,957 microform titles, 10,234 serials, 4,011 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $422,578. 110 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.

Community Environment:

Jacksonville, population 20,553, is located in the west-central part of Illinois. It is the home of the only ferris wheel factory in the United States. Within the community are a library, many churches, hospitals, movie theaters, golf courses, and lakes for boating and fishing. Part-time jobs are available.

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