Blackburn College

Blackburn College

name = Blackburn College

established = 1837
type = Private
president= Miriam Pride
city = Carlinville
state = IL
country = USA
undergrad = 590
staff= 51
campus = Small town
mascot = Barney the Beaver
website= []

Blackburn College is a four-year coeducational private liberal arts college located in Carlinville, Illinois. It was established in 1837 and named for the Rev. Gideon Blackburn. It is one of only seven work colleges in the United States, and Blackburn has the only student-managed work program, enabling students to gain leadership experience as they manage other students. All resident students are required to work, but commuter students can opt to participate in the work program if they would like. Each student that works receives a tuition discount for the hours they work in the work program. It is also the least expensive private college in Illinois.

Blackburn's athletic teams compete in Division III of the NCAA's St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Blackburn was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1914-1923.

Work program

The work program was first instituted at Blackburn College in 1913 in order to provide access to higher education to individuals with the academic ability, but who were lacking the financial means. While cost reduction remains an important value of the work program today, there is an emphasis on the opportunities it provides for student learning. The work program is intended as a vehicle for personal growth including leadership opportunities and community involvement. Most students work a minimum of 160 hours each semester (10 hours a week) in partnership with faculty and staff to help provide virtually all services essential to college operations. By sharing, belonging, and contributing through their work, students gain an added sense of community and individual responsibility, while also establishing some life-long friendships. This combination of academic preparation and practical work experience uniquely prepares students for meeting the challenges of life, career, and any post-graduate experience.

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Official athletic website]
* [ Campus map]
* [ Blackburn Burnian Online]
* [ Blackburn Student Senate]

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