Thursday, March 11, 2010

Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois

The College is named for the Rev. Gideon Blackburn and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).  The name is about the only Scottish connection, but the philosophy is interesting.

It is a four-year private liberal college, classified as a work-study school.  It is one of 7 or 8 colleges remaining that require students to work in addition to their studies.  Students work 10 to 15 hours per week on the campus with faculty and staff.  In exchange for their work, they receive a discount on their tuition .  It is the least expensive private college in Illinois.

This is on their web site:  "Over the years, our students have built Blackburn-literally brick by brick.  In fact, Blackburn enjoys the distinction of being the only college campus in the United States to have been built by its students.  Today our students carry on this tradition by staffing critical jobs as plumbers, carpenters, painters, landscapers, cooks, servers, administrators, computer technicians, janitors, graphic artists, security officers, assistant coaches, tutors and teaching assistants."

The school has 27 faculty members with tenure and 5 part-time faculty working towards tenure.   Total staff is 51.  The have approximately 600 students and most of them live on campus.  Their sports program includes basketball, baseball, and track, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball.The mascot is Barney the Beaver.

Tuition and fees - $13, 610
Room                  $2,205
Board                  $2,158
Books                  $700
Other                   $900

Web site:

Note:  Interesting that on the college web site no mention is made of the Reverend Gideon Blackburn, or how the college obtained its name.  I'm sure its an oversight.

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