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Monmouth College

Monmouth, Illinois

From its founding in 1853 as an academy for high school and college students on the Illinois prairie, Monmouth College has grown into a nationally recognized liberal arts college, dedicated to educating young men and women to become critical thinkers, engaged citizens and creative leaders capable of addressing the complex challenges of contemporary society.

 

As one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Monmouth College offers a traditional curriculum in the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences, with programs also in the pre-professional fields of business, education and kinesiology. Monmouth’s science, business and accounting programs are especially strong: Monmouth prides itself on the fact that it has held more closely than its peers to the historic view that liberal arts colleges are responsible for advancing the public good by recognizing the study of business, finance and accounting as liberal arts and teaches these disciplines within the context of the liberal arts.

 

Monmouth has been very successful in preparing science students for graduate study and careers in pure and applied research. Approximately one-third of Monmouth graduates enter graduate or professional schools within two years of graduation and two-thirds pursue graduate or professional study within 10 years of graduation. Monmouth expects its graduates to contribute to a robust and creative global economy and to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives.

 

Monmouth offers many opportunities for engaged and interdisciplinary learning in and out of the classroom through team-based research projects, mentored independent study, small classes, study abroad programs, community service projects and career-oriented internships

Student Profile

1,247 undergrads
46% male 54% female
28 states
8 countries

Faculty Profile

Number of full-time faculty: 86
Number of part-time faculty: 32
Student/faculty ratio: 13:1

Residence Life

Monmouth is a highly residential campus, with 93% of students living in college housing, all of which is unusually comfortable, and either recently constructed or extremely well maintained. Three new residence halls and a completely renovated student apartment complex have been constructed on campus since 2002. Amenities of the new buildings include suite-style living with private baths, elegant lounges, elevators, and well-appointed recreation rooms.
There are 10 residence halls, each with a distinctive history and community tradition. One of the newer halls has its own small movie theater, while the oldest hall features individual lavatories in each room. There are also two theme houses, one of which has its own educational garden, which residents tend and consume its produce.

Greek life is extremely active and well supported, with five fraternities for men and three for women, each of which has its own house. The newest—a $2 million 6,000-square-foot neo-Victorian residence hall—was dedicated in 2011. Monmouth was the birthplace of the women’s Greek movement, with Pi Beta Phi, the first secret society for women based on the Greek letter organizations for men, founded at the college in 1867. Kappa Kappa Gamma, another very early women’s fraternity, was founded at Monmouth in 1870.

Over the last decade, more than $120 million has been invested in improvements to the Monmouth College physical plant, making it one of the most modern, attractive and comfortable college campuses in the country. Among the recent additions are the $22 million Huff Athletic Center, the $40 million Center for Science and Business, the beautiful Peacock Athletic Park, which houses baseball and soccer, and the adjoining Le Suer Nature Preserve and walking trail. The main campus is located within walking distance of the picturesque town square in the safe and friendly community of Monmouth, Illinois. The 106-acre campus also includes facilities maintenance and alumni/development offices on the north edge of the city.

School Location

Monmouth, Illinois

Athletics

  • Member of the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference
  • Recipient of the Midwest Conference All-Sports Trophy – Men (2009); Women (2011)
  • 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs, 20 Club sports, and 10 Intramural sports
  • NCAA Men’s Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field (indoor and outdoor), swimming and diving, and tennis
  • NCAA Women’s Varsity sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball
  • Club sports: women’s lacrosse, water polo
  • Intramural sports: badminton, basketball, bags, flag football, floor hockey, Frisbee golf, ultimate Frisbee, sand volleyball, softball, table tennis, volleyball and wrestling
  • MC’s mascot is Big Red, a “friendly” Scottish warrior.
  • Colors: Red and White
  • Website: www.monmouthscots.com

Other Information

Monmouth College is a nationally-ranked, coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1853 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Academic Programs

Accounting,  Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Educational Studies (Elementary or Secondary), English, Environmental Science, Exercise  Science, French, Greek, History, International Business, International Studies, Journalism, Latin, Mathematics, Media, Music, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology/Human Services, Spanish, Theatre and Women’s Studies.

Pre-professional study, preparing students for graduate study at other institutions, is offered in the fields of Accounting, Atmospheric Science, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Library Science, Medicine, Military Science, Ministry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Veterinary Medicine.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges: National Liberal Arts College

  • Princeton Review: 2012 “Best in the Midwest” College

  • Forbes: America’s Top Colleges

  • 2013 Military Friendly School

Engaged Students

Integrating Leadership and Learning

Monmouth students find many opportunities to take hold of and truly “own” their educational experience:  to study abroad, complete internships, pursue research with faculty mentors, participate in the arts, compete in athletic programs and club sports, join student organizations, and learn-by-doing to be leaders in the Monmouth College community.

The unique core of the Monmouth experience is an interdisciplinary, linked series of courses known as the Integrated Studies program. Beginning with Introduction to Liberal Arts in the first year, students complete courses in Global Perspectives (sophomore year), Reflections (junior year) and the capstone, Citizenship (senior year). Each course builds upon the preceding course. The first-year and sophomore courses orient students to their college experience in the context of the liberal arts, as well as to their position as young adults in a complex, interconnected world. The junior- and senior-level courses provide opportunities for students to reflect upon priorities, values and life goals, and to make “real-world” connections through a combination of theoretical analysis and practical problem solving between what they have learned in class and significant issues and problems within the community.

Many Monmouth students participate in collaborative research projects with faculty mentors.  Monmouth’s signature summer research/new-student bridge program brings together advanced students, incoming first-year students, and a faculty research sponsor for intensive, collaborative projects in the three weeks preceding the start of the fall semester. Some research teams are science focused; other teams pursue humanities and social-science projects, and a number of teams complete creative projects in music and the arts.  In addition, endowed funds in the sciences enable student researchers to work with faculty members during the summer on projects that frequently result in presentations and poster sessions at national conferences, and often in publication.

The Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, published annually by Monmouth College, invites students from all disciplines and from a consortium of liberal arts colleges to which Monmouth belongs (the Associated Colleges of the Midwest) to submit scholarly articles for publication. The Journal is edited entirely by students, who are selected through a competitive process.

Study abroad at Monmouth takes many forms, including summer research trips, in which students join faculty members in travel to such destinations as Yellowstone National Park, Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Short-term travel/study courses have recently occurred in countries such as Turkey, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria. Semester programs are available through Monmouth’s partnerships with the University of Highlands and Islands in Scotland, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), and other exchange affiliations, and through Monmouth’s membership in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (which offers semester courses in India, Italy, the U.K., Costa Rica, Tanzania, and more).

Students at Monmouth combine engagement in academic study with richly varied and rewarding social lives. Monmouth’s lively campus community offers many opportunities for students to become involved in clubs and organizations, Greek Life, student governance, and community service and volunteer projects. Organizations include groups centered upon shared interests (in gaming and computers, for example), the performing arts, faith-affiliations and common spiritual interests, identity, service, and academic disciplines.

A third of the student body is active in varsity athletics, and many more participate in club sports, intramurals, cheerleading and dance squad. A 100-member marching band and the award-winning bagpipe band perform at football games and other College occasions. Monmouth offers a dynamic competitive speech program and a popular, well-run campus television station in which students take leadership roles. Many student organizations travel widely for competition or performance. The Chorale, for example, completed a tour of Spain in the summer of 2012, and the water polo club often competes at the national tournament.

One in four Monmouth students is active in one of the college’s Greek organizations. Each of the eight chapters prides itself on academic performance, maintaining a GPA consistently higher than that of the campus at large. Monmouth recently added two Greek chapters at a time when Greek organizations at other liberal arts colleges are languishing. All chapters have their own residential housing and distinctive identity, but together they are dedicated to community service and to the cultivation of leadership skills, goals advanced by the active Interfraternity and Pahellenic Councils. Fraternal alumni networks are actively involved in career mentoring and advising of current students.

Great Teaching

Monmouth College is distinctive for its commitment to undergraduate research, small and interactive classrooms (the average class size is 18, with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1), and personalized academic advising. The strength and vitality of the academic program is a direct result of the commitment of Monmouth’s outstanding faculty.  Monmouth’s faculty members are great teachers because they are active scholars involved in academic networks and collaborations, presenting papers, publishing books and articles, performing in nationally recognized ensembles, and exhibiting work in leading galleries. Some faculty—particularly in the areas of business and communication—come from successful careers in industry, bringing business experiences and perspectives to their teaching. Other faculty members, nationally recognized scholars, share their knowledge – and their love for their disciplines – with their students through innovative teaching, shared research findings and collaborative projects.

Faculty members at Monmouth seek out opportunities to partner with students in research teams, often inviting first-year students to engage in substantive projects in the summer before their sophomore year.  This opportunity for first-year and sophomore students to become involved in genuine research is an outstanding and unusual feature of Monmouth’s academic program (students at other colleges and universities must often wait for their junior or senior year to become involved in research). At Monmouth, research teams often advance a particular project over a series of years, enabling students to develop laboratory or field experience within an ongoing research context. Advanced students help to mentor new students in the team.

The fine and performing arts faculty members welcome students from all majors into performance groups, including the orchestra and music ensembles, choir and chorale, pipe band and marching band, and theatre group. Some of the ensembles require try-outs; other groups welcome all dedicated participants. The arts faculty highlights in its curriculum the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration across the arts, with outstanding senior-year opportunities for arts majors to visit arts venues in major urban centers across the United States. Recent senior art trips have included gallery and theatre visits to Chicago and New York (with private meetings with artists and gallery owners, actors and directors).

Monmouth’s academic program is experiential, interdisciplinary and integrative. Courses for first-year and sophomore students focus on the development of critical and analytical skills essential for success in college and in life and to courses introducing students to the breadth and complexity of collective human knowledge. Major programs provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of a discipline, through which advanced students come to understand the languages, methods and theoretical perspectives of one of the major forms of knowledge about the world. As seniors, Monmouth students test and refine their ability to engage in work as (rather than simply “study about being”) a chemist, artist, philosopher, or physicist, etc. (depending upon their major).

Monmouth’s curriculum offers a broad selection of courses and a variety of majors (including the opportunity to create one’s own major). Double-majoring is a popular option.  Majors and minors offered are: Accounting,  Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Educational Studies (Elementary or Secondary), English, Environmental Science, Exercise  Science, French, Greek, History, International Business, International Studies, Journalism, Latin, Mathematics, Media, Music, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology/Human Services, Spanish, Theatre and Women’s Studies.

Pre-professional study, preparing students for graduate study at other institutions, is offered in the fields of Accounting, Atmospheric Science, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Library Science, Medicine, Military Science, Ministry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Veterinary Medicine.

Vibrant Communities

From the Classroom to the Community – Living What One Learns

Monmouth College has always been dedicated to the well-being of its students and promotes the connection between the liberal arts, citizenship, professional fulfillment and a meaningful life. A capstone requirement for all students is an interdisciplinary, thematically-focused course entitled “citizenship.” This senior-year course engages students in community partnerships, collaboration with community leaders engaged with “real-world” issues, and opportunities for research that leads to the public dissemination of findings with actual impact upon policies and community decision-making.

The Monmouth College campus is one of the most beautiful residential campuses in the United States, with outstanding academic buildings and residence halls, first-class athletic facilities (including natatorium and sauna, weight room, climbing wall, soccer field and baseball fields, newly renovated all-weather track and football field, and new football stadium), and acoustically superb performance auditorium and theatre. The Monmouth Educational Garden and Le Suer Nature Preserve serve as beautiful (and highly functional) outdoor laboratories and classrooms.

The most recent addition to the campus, the $40 million Center for Science and Business, contains a planetarium and greenhouse, and houses all of the science departments as well as mathematics, business/economics and accounting. The 138,000-square-foot building is designed to promote interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative research across the sciences and business. It provides seminar rooms, lecture halls, dedicated labs and adjacent classrooms and equipment rooms, and gathering spaces for group study as well as private reflection and study.

Monmouth College is proud of its traditions grounded in its Scottish heritage. The Fighting Scots Marching Band and internationally award-winning bagpipe band perform during sports events, parades and public events.

Connections with the larger community are supported through the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center, whose professional staff members assist students in identifying internship possibilities, making career decisions and preparing for graduate and professional study. The center offers workshops in resume writing, interviewing, professional dress, and etiquette. Staff members support volunteerism and community engagement through leadership workshops and promote a very active network of alumni eager to assist new graduates with career advice via mentoring relationships.

Successful Outcomes

Internships, leadership training, alumni network give grads an edge

Career and educational connections beyond Monmouth College are supported and advanced through the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center, whose professional staff members assist students in identifying internship possibilities, making career decisions and preparing for graduate and professional study. By participating in the Wackerle Career and Leadership Development Program students develop a fundamental understanding and gain experiences needed to become successful leaders, personally and professionally, on local and global levels.

The center offers regular workshops in resume writing, interviewing, professional dress, and etiquette. Staff members support volunteerism and community engagement through leadership workshops and promote a very active network of alumni eager to assist new graduates with career advice via mentoring relationships.

Monmouth College achieved a 97% placement rate for the Class of 2011 despite a down economy and high unemployment rates. Of the 97% of students placed, 79% were employed and 21% were enrolled in graduate/professional school.

Some notable Monmouth College alumni:

Matt Fotis ’01, award-winning playwright
Hiroyuki Fujita ’92, founder and CEO of Quality Electrodynamics
Joan Rezner Gundersen ’68, historian/pioneer in women’s studies
Kunal Kapoor ’97, President of Individual Investor Software, Morningstar, Inc.
Hamzah Kassim ’78, co-founder of the iA Group, international consultants
Chad Simpson ’98, Micro Award-winning short fiction author
Kevin Goodwin ’80, president & CEO of Sonosite, Inc.
Lon Helton ’72, nationally syndicated country music radio host
Jane Kurtz ’73, bestselling children’s author
H. Betty Oberstar ’43, cosmetics research chemist
Eric Oestermeir ’92, political analyst/author of Smart Politics news site
Kennedy Reed ’67, Atomic physicist
Redonna Rodgers ’81, founder of Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Alex Tanney ’11, NFL quarterback
Dwight Tierney ’69, co-founder of MTV

Admissions and Financial Aid

2012-2013: Full-time tuition: $30,450.  Nearly 99% of the Monmouth College students receive some source of financial assistance.

Students interested in applying to Monmouth College may do so (without an application fee) at:www.monmouthcollege.eduApplicants are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in September of each year and continuing until the class has been filled. Students are encouraged to apply early in order take full advantage of opportunities for available scholarships.

Students are encouraged to submit the following items when applying for admission to Monmouth College:

  • Required: Online or paper application.
  • Required: An official high school transcript displaying no less than six completed semesters.
  • Required: SAT or ACT test scores either reported directly by the test center or visible on your official high school transcript.
  • Recommended: Two references (personal and academic).
  • Recommended: A writing sample (perhaps a paper you have already prepared for your English/Writing class).

For the 2012-2013 academic year, 99% of the Monmouth College students received financial assistance totaling nearly $20 million, meaning nearly every family contributes less than the costs outlined above.

Monmouth College offers a wide array of scholarship and grants, work and loan options to students to help make studying at MC an affordable reality for your family.

Monmouth College Achievement Awards are offered to students based on a combination of their high school academic achievements (ACT, GPA and Class Rank).  Awards range in value up to $16,000 per year and are announced soon after being admitted to MC.

The most prestigious award is the Midwest Scholars Award.  High achieving recipients are selected through competition including essay writing, interview and academic profile.  Awards have ranged from $25,000 to full-tuition. Highly qualified students are encouraged to apply early in order to participate in the competition for the Midwest Scholar Award.

The Monmouth College Scots Leadership Award is also selected through competition and is focused on high achieving students who are also recognized for their leadership and service skills among peers and in their communities. Awards range up to $2,500.

Talent Awards are available to students who wish to audition or provide portfolio in the areas of Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Art, Bagpiping/Drumming, Speech/Debate and Latin. Awards range in value.

A complete list of the many scholarship opportunities at Monmouth College is available at: www.monmouthcollege.edu/scholarships.

Endowment

$77,726,000 (6/30/2012)

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