McKendree University

701 College Rd, Lebanon, IL 62254-1291
Tel: (618)537-4481
Private not-for-profit | 3,036 students
Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois, and the oldest in the nation with continuous ties to the United Methodist Church. First called "Lebanon Seminary," the school opened in two rented sheds for 72 students. In 1830, Bishop William McKendree, the first American-born bishop of the Methodist church, permitted the Board of Trustees to change the institution's name to McKendree College. Later Bishop McKendree deeded 480 acres of rich land in Shiloh Valley, Illinois, to help support the College.

School Overview:

McKendree University
County Saint Clair County, IL
Title IV Eligible Participat
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution Level Four or more years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
162 staff 115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment 3,036 students 1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,842 students 1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
1,194 students 137 students
# Undergraduate Students
2,240 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
796 students 129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
- 1%
% Asian
1% 2%
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
2% 3%
% Black
10% 6%
% White
86% 84%
% Two or more races
- 2%
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
$25,340 $24,462
Out-State Tuition Fees
$25,340 $24,744
Percent Admitted 66% 64%
SAT Reading (25-75%) 420-520 450-570
SAT Math (25-75%) 460-570 460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%) 390-480 440-570
ACT English (25-75%) 20-26 19-25
ACT Math (25-75%) 18-25 18-25
ACT Composite (25-75%) 20-25 20-25

School Notes:

  • The College provides all of its students a general education within the liberal arts tradition of Western civilization. It sponsors and fosters, as well, some of the pre-professional and professional curricula which fit the demands of the society in which its students are immersed. As a private, independent college we are committed to providing a personalized education that allows students to reach their full potential.
  • McKendree College offers 6 bachelor degree programs in 37 major areas of study. While our on-campus student body numbers nearly 1,400, more than 50 percent of our classes have fewer than 15 students. McKendree provides a low 15-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Classes are taught by professors, not graduate students or teaching assistants. More than 90 percent of our professors have the highest degrees in their fields.
  • McKendree also offers graduate degrees in four areas. These include degrees in several areas of education: master of arts in professional counseling, master of business administration, master of arts in education and master of science in nursing. Our graduate programs are taught by full time McKendree faculty members and distinguished practioners working in their fields of study, all dedicated to our guiding principle of small classes and participative student involvement.
  • The College is blessed with excellent facilities both in academic areas as well as in the dormitories. Our 100-acre campus in Lebanon, Illinois is 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Our Louisville, Kentucky campus is located at 11850 Commonwealth Drive in east Jefferson County and our Radcliff campus is located at 1635 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd., Radcliff, Kentucky. There also is a McKendree Center at Scott AFB.

Nearby Schools:

McKendree University
0 mi. away
Greenville College
29.5 mi. away
Principia College
37.3 mi. away
Blackburn College
47.1 mi. away

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