At McPherson College, students learn by doing. McPherson College applies an entrepreneurial mindset to education through initiatives like its entrepreneurial minor; design your own major; and its Horizon Fund Grants, micro-grants that support student ideas to solve problems in the world around them. Partnerships across campus, across the community, and across the country also make it possible for 90 percent of all McPherson College graduates to participate in at least one internship before graduation. Landing that first job often starts with a college internship, and 98 percent of McPherson College graduates find a job or post-grad placement within six months of graduation.
Developing the whole person through scholarship, participation, and service is the mission of McPherson College. It is accomplished by a team of faculty and staff members that have the time to engage each student. In the classroom, through advising, or attending the many student activities on campus, faculty and staff welcome students into a nurturing community. One of the best things about McPherson College is the remarkable ability for its students to get involved. Whether that be through campus organizations, activities, or career-focused experiences, McPherson College knows that being active in the community will lead to success after college.
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McPherson College believes that the classic concept of liberal arts is intimately tied to the modern idea of entrepreneurship, as concepts of entrepreneurship appear across the curriculum, faculty practices, and student life. Students can choose the entrepreneurship minor to accompany any major, or apply for the Horizon Fund grants awarded two times throughout the year. The Horizon Fund awards mini-grants to help students explore or carry out an original entrepreneurial idea.
Internships play an integral role in a student’s development and learning experience. The Career Services office works closely with faculty and students to find opportunities that meet students’ needs and career ambitions. Ninety percent of all McPherson College students will have at least one internship experience before they graduate and many times their internships lead to full-time jobs. In recent years, McPherson College students have interned at the Peterson Automotive Museum in California, Koch Industries, with physicians and hospitals, at top graphic design firms, and nonprofit organizations.
Capstone experiences are available in every major, and senior research is a part of all science-related majors at McPherson College. The student research program was originally funded in 1981 by the National Science Foundation, and 100 percent of all science majors have completed a senior research project since 1983, distinguishing McPherson College’s program as one of the few and longest-running undergraduate research requirements in the country. Student research papers are published each year in an in-house scientific journal, “Cantaurus.”
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
Entrepreneurial Faculty provide opportunities for real, hands-on participation and career-oriented experiences in and outside of the classroom. For example, investment classes get the chance to manage $300,000 of the college’s endowment. Students research trends and make decisions on how to invest these funds and then compare their results to those of the professional fund managers.
The unique automotive restoration program also delivers engaging curriculum to its students by expert craftsmen with an aim of competing to win at Pebble Beach.
ETCH is a student-run marketing and graphic design firm created for students to work with clients on marketing projects. The agency is located in the downtown business district and provides valuable professional experience while also awarding class credit.
Study abroad opportunities exist across programs such as a three-week Interterm international business class in Australia, a May session class that will take students to South America to explore ecosystems of the Amazon River basin or the Introduction to Performing Arts class that immerses students for a full week in the Broadway and New York City arts scene.
Students in the digital media major can also take classes taught by a professor with more than 20 years’ experience in London’s largest television production studio.
The talented students, faculty, and staff at McPherson College contribute regularly to the vibrant performing arts scene on campus. Whether it be one of the many theatre performances throughout the year, the annual Jazz Festival, band concerts, choir concerts, or art exhibitions, there is almost always some kind of arts event taking place. The Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series, for example, consists of two annual music performance events with special emphasis on piano.
From business leaders, like a top executive from Amazon, to the author of “Dead Man Walking,” McPherson College brings speakers to campus that address a wide variety of interests and topics. Lecture series include:
Harter Lecture in Business
Flory Public Policy Lectures
Religious Heritage Lectures
There’s never a lack of activities for McPherson College students. Regular social events on campus are organized by the Student Activities Board, including a weekly movie night, cosmic bowling, campus bingo, intramurals, and the popular Campus Blowout.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Student clubs and organizations add a wide variety of events and activities on campus. From awareness campaigns like the annual color run to a car show organized by CARS Club, a student-organized annual car show held each year in May, the event attracts hundreds of classic automobiles and motorcycles to the quad from around the country.
The Spiritual Life & Service Office is dedicated to providing diverse opportunities that allow spiritual growth and reflection as well as a commitment to social justice and service to the campus community. A variety of groups meet regularly and offer a wide variety of activities and service opportunities.
The McPherson College Bulldogs are part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Bulldog teams attract fans from campus and the community that share in the fun and spirit of competition.
McPherson County All Schools Day has been a tradition for more than 100 years. It began as a way to celebrate the graduation of McPherson County eighth graders. Today, it is a celebration held annually in May to honor graduates from eighth grade, high school, and college. All Schools Day features a variety of activities, including a week-long carnival, a talent show, kids activities, and a parade. McPherson College celebrates with Campus Blowout, one of the biggest and most anticipated events each year in which students organize teams and compete in a variety of fun games.
The office of Career Services at McPherson College connects students with resources, offers support in career exploration and placement, and provides the necessary tools for student success in landing that first job. Through a network of employers, the Career Services office can assist students in finding valuable, career-focused activities like internships, field experience, work-study, or off-campus employment. Ninety-eight percent of McPherson College graduates find employment or are accepted into a post-graduate program within six months of graduation.
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