U.S. News & World Report again ranks IC among the best


Illinois College was again ranked as a national leader in the liberal arts in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, 2018 rankings released today.

IC is ranked #7 in Illinois, #38 in the Midwest and #138 in the country on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. With an estimated 500 liberal arts colleges in the country, this ranking places IC approximately in the top 25 percent. 

U.S. News is an annual college ranking showcasing nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists designed to help students with their college search with national categories for universities and liberal arts and more narrow regional rankings. 

While many area schools are competing on a regional level, it is an honor to be recognized at the national level. Being named as one of the nation’s best is a testament to IC’s dedication to student success. We are building an international reputation for inspiring achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world and strong rankings such as this one, and our recent Washington Monthly showing, prove the strength of that reputation.
Stephanie Elpers Chipman, Vice President of Enrollment Management and College Marketing

These rankings are determined by analyzing colleges across the country that met specific criteria, including a focus on undergraduate education with at least half of awarded degrees in the liberal arts fields of study. The newest ranking places Illinois College among the top colleges in the nation, with high marks for student-faculty ratio and providing need-based financial aid, scholarships and grants.

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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