Blackburn College has a strong tradition of academic excellence and is nationally recognized as having the only student-managed Work Program in the U.S., begun in 1913.
The combination of quality education, valuable work experience, and a pledge to meet 100% of students’ financial need allows Blackburn to make a quality liberal arts college education affordable for thousands of first generation and under-served students.
Founded in 1837, Blackburn College launched its student work program in 1913 as a way to make a quality liberal arts college education affordable for thousands of first generation students. With the only student-managed work program in the country, it’s no surprise that Blackburn was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #2 Best Value College in the Midwest. Over the years, students have built Blackburn—literally brick by brick. Ten campus buildings including residence halls, the library, athletic facilities, academic buildings and the administration building were constructed with the help of student workers. The Washing Monthly ranked the college as the best baccalaureate college in Illinois and among the top 50 in the U.S. In addition, Blackburn now extends the Blackburn Promise--a commitment to meeting 100% of a student's financial need; a student's EFC is all they will pay to attend!