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IC ranked among best colleges nationwide

9.22.2021

Illinois College was named a top college in the country in several rankings released this month and continues to be recognized for its work preparing students from diverse backgrounds for bright futures.

Our mission is to empower our students to make a difference in the world. Inspiring the achievement of a diverse community of students so they Graduate READY for personal and professional success is an important aspect of that mission.
President Barbara A. Farley

According to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings released this week, IC is among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation out of approximately 1,500 liberal arts colleges across the country. 

Additionally, IC was ranked #22 for social mobility — a college’s ability to help students, especially those who are disadvantaged, improve their social and economic status. 

Washington Monthly’s 2021 Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking was also released this month and placed IC in the top 100. The ranking, which is based in part on social mobility measures, also considers each school’s “contribution to the public good” in research and promoting public service.

President Barbara A. Farley said she is proud to see the College consistently being named one of the best in the country.

“To be widely recognized as a leader in higher education demonstrates IC’s commitment to its students,” Farley said. “We’re especially proud of our recognition in 'social mobility.' Our mission is to empower our students to make a difference in the world. Inspiring the achievement of a diverse community of students so they Graduate READY for personal and professional success is an important aspect of that mission.”

IC offers resources to support student success and inspire achievement so students from all backgrounds can Graduate READY for 21st-century careers. In addition to the small class sizes, faculty mentoring, hands-on learning and scholarship opportunities the College is known for, several student support services available through the Center for Academic Excellence provide academic coaching and support networks. 

Among the resources available to IC students, the Yates Fellowship Program for first-generation students provides a learning community and additional academic support during their first year at IC. For students with demonstrated academic need and meeting other criteria, such as income eligibility or a documented disability, the TRIO Student Support Services program gives students access to academic, personal, social and career support.

Washington Monthly also ranked IC in the top 100 colleges in the Midwest for the 2021 Best Bang for the Buck and The Princeton Review’s 2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region named IC one of the best colleges in the Midwest. 

IC also recently announced a record enrollment of over 1,100 students for fall 2021.

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.

Visit www.ic.edu or call 217.245.3000 for more information.

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Office of Marketing and Communication
Rosalind Essig | Senior Writer
217.245.3194 | rosalind.essig@ic.edu