Washington Monthly ranks IC among top colleges in the nation


Illinois College is again being recognized as a leader in higher education in the 2017 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

IC is the top ranked liberal arts school in Illinois and 13th overall in the Midwest in America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2017. The rankings are based on each college’s ability to provide an affordable education and marketable degrees with good career options for graduates. 

Additionally, in a ranking of the best liberal arts universities in the country, Illinois College is second in Illinois and number 54 overall. Scores are based on a college’s “contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).” 

Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings since 2005. The news organization differentiates their results as being more applicable for prospective students with more comprehensive rankings. An article announcing the 2017 results stated the purpose of the rankings to recognize schools that do "an exceptional job educating the average college student at a reasonable price ..." - © 2017 Washington Monthly – used with permission.

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 more than 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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