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IC to welcome large incoming class


Illinois College is expected to have its largest first year class in history.

Illinois College has an international reputation for inspiring student achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world. This is reflected in our record-breaking numbers.
Stephanie Elpers Chipman, Vice President of External Relations

Excerpted from an article by Marco Cartolano | Journal-Courier

Move-in day will be on Thursday for IC students.

At IC, check-in will start at 9 a.m. at Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center. Students will meet their Welcome Weeks Connections Groups at 5 p.m. and the hypnotist Nadeen Manuel will perform at 8:15 p.m. Students will have required sessions on Friday and Saturday as well as attend their first freshman seminar on Friday. Sunday will have the 26th annual Service Blitz from 1:30 to 5 p.m. where new IC students will spend the afternoon doing community service work with a variety of community partners. IC will have its opening ceremony on Monday at 4 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel, and the first day of classes will be Tuesday.

IC is currently projecting that it will welcome 370 new students, about 50 transfers and 320 first-years, according to Stephanie Chipman, VP of external relations at IC. Last year, IC got 335 new students. This year will have IC’s largest first-year class if the projections are maintained. This will also be one of, if not the, largest total student body that IC has ever had. Current projections are for 1,040 students which would top the past highs of 1,030 in 2003 and 2004.

Chipman said that IC expects more honors students and more students from Chicago and St. Louis. More students who were supported with Jacksonville’s Promise Scholarship are also expected to enroll than in prior years.

“Illinois College has an international reputation for inspiring student achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world,” Chipman said, ” This is reflected in our record-breaking numbers.”

A full schedule of Welcome Week events is available at  

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, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. 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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