IC ranked among best colleges nationwide
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.
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 among the approximately 1,500 ranked colleges and universities located across the U.S.
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.