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Washington Monthly ranks Illinois College a top 25 national liberal arts college


Illinois College ranks 25th overall in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

Washington Monthly evaluates each school’s contribution in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). Illinois College ranked high in the service category placing first in service, staff, courses and financial aid support, and fifth in community service.

Illinois College moved up 63 spots from last year’s rankings. President Barbara Farley credits the dramatic rise in rankings to the dedication and hard work of the college’s students, faculty and staff. “I am proud to see Illinois College recognized by such a well-regarded national publication as Washington Monthly. Our high ranking among liberal arts colleges recognizes Illinois College’s commitment to service, access to college, high quality educational experiences and student success.”

In determining rankings, Washington Monthly breaks colleges and universities into five types: liberal arts colleges, national universities, master’s universities, baccalaureate colleges and community colleges.

Washington Monthly magazine editors stated that, “We design the Washington Monthly college rankings to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

To view the complete list of the best liberal arts colleges, click here.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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