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Community Engagement and Service

Service to our communities is at the heart of an Illinois College education. In a typical year, more than 90 percent of our students spend a total of over 11,000 hours as volunteers. FoIC Students Performing Servicer years, the college has been honored to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Service-learning courses combine experiential learning and community needs. Students gain first-hand experience within their disciplines while learning they can have a positive role in their communities using the knowledge they gain at Illinois College.
Our community engagement programs provide students with many choices of ways in which to put their skills and passions to work for others. As they do so, students gain real-world experience that helps them shape and launch their professional lives. We take great pride in providing our students with the resources to become engaged and active members in society.

Illinois College receives high marks for service in the 2015 Washington Monthly rankings

In the 2015 Washington Monthly rankings, Illinois College scored high marks for service while improving overall in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category. IC ranks No. 2 in the country in service staff, courses and financial aid support, and No. 6 in community service. Within the midwest, the college is No. 1 in both those categories. Overall, the college ranked 59th in the country and 14th in the midwest. Washington Monthly also ranked Illinois College as one of the top 25 private schools in the midwest offering the “Best Bang for the Buck.”

“Illinois College is building a national reputation for inspiring achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world,” President Barbara Farley said. “Nearly 100 percent of IC graduates find immediate employment or graduate school admission because our faculty and staff are deeply committed to providing the knowledge and skills employers and graduate schools seek while encouraging students to engage in the college’s tradition of service and leadership. I’m pleased that Washington Monthly has recognized the incredible value of an Illinois College education.” 

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). The editors of the magazine distinguish its rankings from other college guides by saying, “... this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.”  

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

2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Illinois College joined a select group of the nation’s colleges and universities by earning a place on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong commitment to community service. In releasing an in-depth report of community service programs at college and university campuses nationwide, the Corporation for National and Community Service praised Illinois College for achieving Honor Roll status.
The Honor Roll serves as the highest form of federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. As a result of the 201​4 report, Illinois College is among a handful of Illinois colleges and universities that have earned Honor Roll status during each of the past eight years.

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