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.
|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|
|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%|
|% Two or more races||-||2%|
|Finances and Admission|
|In-State Tuition Fees
|Out-State Tuition Fees
|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|
- 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.