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Illinois College

Illinois College is a private, liberal arts college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA), and located in Jacksonville, Illinois. It was the second college founded in Illinois, but the first to grant a degree (in 1835). It was founded in 1829 by the Illinois Band, students from Yale University who traveled westward to found new colleges

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



Illinois College, the first college in the state to conduct classes and grant a baccalaureate degree, enjoys a 180-year history of excellence in the liberal arts. Beecher Hall, the first college building in Illinois, was built in 1829 and is still used today.


It is the mission of the Office of Institutional Research at Illinois College to contribute to the effectiveness of the institution in achieving its mission by supporting academic and administrative decision-making. This is accomplished through institutional studies, strategic planning, assessment/evaluation research, data management and retrieval, and fact book maintenance. Internal decision support is provided for the Trustees, the President, Vice Presidents, directors, faculty, and staff. 


The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

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The Illinois College campus consists of 80 acres of land located centrally within the town of Jacksonville. The land the campus occupies is higher in elevation than many of the other areas in Jacksonville, and IC is therefore sometimes referred to as “On the Hilltop”, or “The Hilltop”.

Student Life

Campus life

The primary section of campus is divided into two areas commonly called the upper and lower quads. The upper quad is on the northern part of the campus, and is higher in elevation than the lower quad which is located on the southern part of the campus. The upper quad is the location of many of the academic buildings. This includes the notable Sturtevant Hall which is often featured in pictures because of its unique towers and windows which are currently found in the College logo.

Student clubs

Illinois College is home to a number of Greek organizations. Along with the many academically affiliated Greek organizations, Illinois College also houses a number of national recognized Greek organizations such as Alpha Phi Omega; the co-ed service fraternity that is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States.


Illinois College is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

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Amazing teachers, horrible location, small school.

Jacksonville, Illinois, United States