Illinois College is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Illinois College has grandfathered status with the state’s coordinating board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has approved the following teacher education programs at Illinois College: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; English Language Arts; Foreign Language –French, German, Spanish; Mathematics; Physical Education; Science—Biology; Social Science—History; and Visual Arts.
Illinois College has a long tradition of academic excellence. The College has always been a small private college of liberal arts, believing in the development of character and personality as well as intellectual training. It is believed that this development is best effected in the intimacy of association among students and faculty of a small institution where all may remain individuals. In 1932 the unusual quality of the educational program at Illinois College was recognized by the establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa
chapter on the campus; this was the fifth of eleven chapters now authorized in Illinois, and it is one of only 262 such chapters in the nation. Numerous Illinois College graduates are listed in "Who's Who in America". Alumni of Illinois College have distinguished themselves in public service and politics, the professions, and corporate leadership.
It also is a member of the Association of American Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. It is also recognized by the American Association of University Women and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.