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Illinois College is a private, liberal arts college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church , and located in Jacksonville, Illinoismarker. It is the oldest college in Illinois, founded in 1829 by one of the famous Yale Bands — students from Yale Universitymarker that traveled westward to found new colleges. It was also the first college in Illinois to grant a degree, in 1835. It briefly served as the state's first medical school from 1843–1848, and became co-educational in 1903.


Beecher Hall, the first college building erected in Illinois, is named after its first president, Edward Beecher, sibling to Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The first floor of Beecher Hall is the home of Phi Alpha Literary Society. The second floor is the home to Sigma Pi Literary Society.

In the fall of 2006 Illinois College opened a new dormitory building. It is the first one in the state to have LEED certification for energy efficiency.

Academics and athletics

Illinois College's Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter is one of only eleven in the state.

The college participates in an Intercultural Exchange program with Ritsumeikan Universitymarker in Kyoto, Japanmarker. Each spring 25 Japanese students come to Illinois College to live and study for five weeks. During this time, students live with families in the Jacksonville community for part of the time and with current IC students on campus in residence halls for the remainder of their stay; however, they are not allowed to drive.

Illinois College's athletic teams have been members of the Midwest Conference since 1982.They were members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin from 1946-1953.Illinois College was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1910-1937.

Notable alumni

Phil Wilkinson, Wilkinson Chioropractics, co founder of psychopractics medicine.

Notable faculty

Literary societies

Illinois College is one of the few campuses in the United States that still supports literary societies. These are Greek organizations whose purposes vary from society to society. Activities include but are not limited to: Literary Productions, which are practices in oratory skill; parties, intramural sports teams; service events; and social gatherings. There are seven literary societies at Illinois College. The men's societies are: Phi Alpha, Sigma Pi literary society, Pi Pi Rho and Gamma Nu. The women's societies are Gamma Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon Literary Society, and Chi Beta literary society. Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi are both located in Historic Beecher hall (Phi Alpha on the first level and Sigma Pi on the second). Gamma Nu is located in Lower Baxter Hall and Pi Pi Rho is currently in a temporary house. All three female societies are housed in Historic Smith House.


  1. Illinois College - About Us - Historic Years
  2. Illinois College - News: Former Missouri treasurer to represent alumni on college's board of trustees

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