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McKendree University
"At McKendree, students obtain a balanced education. With all the advantages of a small...

McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois

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 personal approach to education.


Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,292 undergraduate students
79% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
28% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
105 full-time faculty
158 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
93% of first year students live on campus
76% of all students live on campus

School Location

Lebanon, Illinois—25 minutes from downtown St. Louis and minutes from Lake Carlyle.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities x
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

71% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

56% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 14%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


NCAA Division II, Great Lakes Valley Conference, National Collegiate Wrestling Association, Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, and Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association.

33 intercollegiate sports and a significant intramural program.
16 men’s: baseball, basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross-country, fencing, football, golf, hockey, powerlifting, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling
17 women’s: basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross-country, fencing, golf, hockey, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling

Other Information

McKendree University is a four-year liberal arts university. It was established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art, Art History, Athletic Equipment Management, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Education, Chemistry, Church Music, Clinical and Counseling, Coaching, Computational Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Economics & Finance, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, English Language Arts Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, K-12 Education, Art Education, Music Education, Physical Education, Educational Studies, Engineering Physics, English, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Exercise Science/Sports Performance, Finance, Financial & Actuarial Sciences, Gender Studies, Gerontology, Global Studies, Health and Wellness, History, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Interactive Media, International Relations, Jazz Performance, Journalism, Leadership Studies, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Music Marketing, Nursing (RN to BSN), Nursing (RN to MSN), Occupational Therapy, Organizational Communication, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Physics (Engineering), Political Science, Pre-Professional, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Solo Performance, Spanish, Speech Communication, Sport Management, Sport Psychology, Sports Performance, Theatre, Writing

More Distinctions

  • Recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine

  • Named to Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges to Work for 2015 Honor Roll

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.

Individualize Your 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. Many students can earn credit through independent study. A large majority of McKendree professors are published scholars who are well-known and respected for their writing and research. Faculty often receive assistance from their students in exchange for college credit—a valuable opportunity for faculty and students alike.

Study Abroad

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.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band x
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook x

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 relationships between faculty and students. This relationship is best described as a mentor-mentee relationship. 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 offices hours after their classes.

Together, the students and faculty foster a true, family-oriented campus atmosphere. McKendree boasts a unique faculty-in-residence program, through which faculty members are selected to live on campus.

Faculty Advisers

Each student is assigned a faculty adviser who provides guidance in developing a course plan that meets curriculum requirements, all while nurturing the student’s personal interests. Advisers 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 adviser within their academic department.

Academic Support

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. The academic support center also provides assistance to students with special 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. Health services are available through the university’s full-time, on-campus nurse and counseling services. All of these services are free and open to all students.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 188 274 106 34 0 0 0 602

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…

The Rural and the 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 Saint Louis equally close to the popular Carlyle Lake 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.

Student Activities

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.

Greek Life

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.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing x
Other housing options  

McKendree University supports students to find their ideal paths that will best assist them to develop into 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.

Internship Opportunities

As a campus of 2,265 undergraduate students, McKendree is well known for being extremely student-focused. The university provides students with opportunities to excel in a number of areas. McKendree is located only twenty-five minutes from downtown St. Louis. This location gives students endless career opportunities, including a range of internships. 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 postgraduate success. Within six months of graduation, 96% of 2015 graduates were directly employed or accepted into graduate or professional programs, including law school, medical school, MBA programs, and more. The success of McKendree graduates is due to their distinguished education, the hard work of the career services office, the available alumni networking opportunities, and the university’s proximity to career development opportunities.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,904 Total Applicants
1,209 Total Admissions
362 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.50% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Class rank

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 420 530
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math 19 24
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    

Application Procedure

Students seeking admission to McKendree must apply through the Office of Admission. To be considered for admission, applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Complete and submit a free, on-line application for admission at or submit a paper copy.
  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official scores on the American College Testing (ACT) examination or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) if not posted on the official high school transcript 
  • Submit the Secondary Counselor’s Recommendation Form completed by the counselor (first-year students only)
  • Submit official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended




Tuition $27,740
Fees $1,000
Total $28,740
Room and Board (on campus) $9,200
Estimated Total On Campus $37,940


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 final

$25,062 First year students
$16,621 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 final

70.6% on average, the percentage of need that was met
19% of financial need students that had need fully met

$16,621 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,199 Average need-based loan

Available Scholarships

Need-based scholarships/grants, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, State need-based scholarships/grants, University need-based scholarships/grants, Private need-based scholarships/grants, University-administered non-need scholarships, University-administered non-need academic interest/achievements