Illinois College Recognized in US News and World Report's National Rankings


Illinois College moved up in the US News and World Report's national rankings in the recently released 2024 report. The College was ranked 18th for social mobility and 124th overall for national liberal arts colleges.

The social mobility ranking focuses on the success of low-income and first-generation college students.  Illinois College is proud to be recognized for facilitating the success and graduation of these students. 

Illinois College's unwavering commitment to providing a high-quality education, fostering a vibrant campus community, and preparing students to Graduate READY for future success is affirmed by this recognition.  

Provost Catharine O’Connell attributes this rise in rankings to “the extraordinary commitment of our faculty and staff to helping our students succeed inside and outside the classroom.”  She further notes that, “the increasing weight in this year’s rankings placed on student outcome measures, such as exceeding expected graduation rates, makes this recognition particularly meaningful.  Supporting our students to reach their potential and achieve their dreams is the essence of what we do at Illinois College.”

Illinois College has a tradition of academic excellence extending for almost 200 years. The College offers innovative academic programs with a global footprint and is committed to inspiring achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world. The College also provides extensive academic and student support services to ensure student success as well as a robust range of co-curricular and athletic opportunities.

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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