A Personalized and Balanced Education. The McKendree experience enlightens, empowers, excites, and educates inquisitive minds. The balanced educational equation at McKendree allows for success in the classroom as well as intellectual development outside the classroom. With small class sizes that facilitate close relationships between professors and students, McKendree offers a truly personal approach to education.
Get to know McKendree University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Health Services
- Work Study
- Academic Tutors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
At McKendree, students not only enjoy an exceptional education, but they also get to balance their academics with a number of exciting extracurricular and internship opportunities. McKendree students are involved on campus in clubs, honor societies, and performance and athletic teams. A McKendree student is balanced and well rounded.
PERSONALIZED EDUCATIONAL EQUATION
In addition to the internship opportunities that are offered to McKendree students, there are a number of opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom, including credit-bearing independent study. A large majority of McKendree professors are published scholars who are well known and respected for their writing and research, and many of them often receive assistance from their students in exchange for college credit—a valuable opportunity for the entire McKendree community.
McKendree’s study abroad program is coordinated through the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University. This program gives McKendree students the option to study across thirteen countries and five continents. Additionally, any institutional aid awarded to students (not linked to participation) continue to assist with their tuition at the international universities of their choice.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 13%
White, non-Hispanic: 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 10%
McKendree faculty love what they teach, and so they are guaranteed to teach it well. More than 90 percent of McKendree professors have the highest degrees in their fields. With a low 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, students at McKendree receive an exceptionally high-quality education.
COMPETENT AND CARING
The most unique thing about the McKendree experience is the large amount of close mentor-mentee relationships between faculty and students. Students frequently address professors by their first name, and many faculty members include their home and cell phone numbers on their class syllabi and host class dinners at their homes. Many professors can be found helping students during their office hours after their classes.
Together, students and faculty foster a true, family-oriented campus atmosphere. McKendree also boasts a unique faculty-in-residence program, through which faculty members are selected to live on campus.
Faculty are involved even further through their role as academic advisors. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor to help them develop course plans that meet curriculum requirements while also making room for their personal interests. Advisors may or may not be associated with first-year students’ declared interests, but as each student becomes more developed in their major, they are placed with an advisor within their academic department.
The university’s academic support center assists students by helping them organize their written work, improve their reading skills and study methods, and review mathematics. Additionally, the center offers free academic tutoring to all students as well as additional assistance to students with higher needs.
McKendree’s writing center offers assistance with all aspects of the writing process and research documentation. Through the help of experienced peer and faculty tutors, this center offers a range of services to all students, staff, and faculty.
McKendree University encompasses all the benefits of a small midwestern town with those of a major metropolitan center. Its location is ideal for a fulfilling college experience, additionally enhanced by its diverse and friendly student body.
Although McKendree is located in a small town, there is always something happening on campus. Students are directly involved in planning and implementing campus events. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) offers students the chance to gain leadership skills while providing entertaining and enriching programs for their fellow students.
McKendree has a long and rich tradition of Greek life that extends back to 1837. Throughout their history, McKendree’s Greek organizations have encouraged their members to cultivate skills in leadership, scholarship, character development, and service to the community. A variety of Greek organizations are available for students to join, including fraternities, sororities, and coed organizations.
RURAL AND URBAN, BLENDED FOR BALANCED LIVES
McKendree’s unique location is a blend of a small-town environment with a pleasant suburban feel. The 236-acre main campus is within twenty-five minutes west of downtown St. Louis, with the popular Carlyle Lake at an equal distance to the east. McKendree students truly get the best of both worlds, experiencing the serenity and security of a small town while having all the advantages of a large metropolitan area. Its proximity to the city gives access to career opportunities, cultural events, shopping, professional sports, and entertainment.
NCAA Division II, Great Lakes Valley Conference, Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association, American Collegiate Hockey Association, USA Powerlifting, Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference, Western Water Polo Association, Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association.
32 intercollegiate sports
16 men’s: baseball, basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, hockey, powerlifting, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling
16 women’s: basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross-country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 91%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
McKendree University supports students to find the path that will best assist them to develop as strong leaders in all aspects of life. All faculty and staff work together to provide students with essential tools and opportunities that give them high-quality experiences and skills.
As a campus of just under 2,000 undergraduate students, McKendree is well known for being extremely student focused. The university provides students with opportunities to excel in a number of areas. And thanks to its location near St. Louis, endless career opportunities and internship possibilities are available for everyone. Through the office of career services, students can find internship programs that will provide them with valuable work experience as well as class credit. Student interns work with close supervision from faculty members, on-site supervisors, and the director of career services.
EMPOWERMENT TO THE FULLEST
McKendree graduates experience an impressive amount of post-graduate success. Within six months of graduation, 97% of 2018 graduates were directly employed or accepted into graduate or professional programs, including law school, medical school, MBA programs, and more. This incredible rate of success is only a given with McKendree’s distinguished education, career services office, and extensive alumni network.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 483 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 483 | 75th Percentile: 568
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 24
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