50 States, 50 Colleges: Illinois

I am so excited to be back with a new edition of 50 States, 50 Colleges!  For the first of this school year, I bring you to the state of Illinois as we explore Blackburn College.

What drew me to choosing Blackburn College is the unique work program.  As one of only 7 work colleges in the United States, this program provides not only an educational background but real-world experience in the workforce.  The website states,

“As a college where students Learn, Work and Earn, Blackburn offers graduates a four year head start that allows them to excel in graduate schools, professional programs and the workplace. Blackburn’s education is based upon a strong liberal arts curriculum enhanced by experiential learning in a nationally recognized, student-managed Work Program. The College’s culture encourages students to build their leadership potential through increased work responsibilities and a leadership curriculum— putting Blackburn graduates in a unique competitive position with their peers.”

Click here for additional information on this nationally recognized work program!

There are several additional factors that make Blackburn College appealing:

  • The school offers over 40 majors and programs to choose from.
  • There are 550 full-time students.
  • The school offers 11 NCAA Division III athletic programs.
  • Washington Monthly named Blackburn College the 17th best baccalaureate college in the United States and #2 in Illinois.
  • Because of the work program, students graduate with both an academic transcript and a work transcript.

Please check out the school’s website for more information!

(All information from the Blackburn College website)


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